Whether you have done no racing before or are very experienced, we would love to get you involved. Our main event is the Varsity Races against Cambridge on the Varsity Trip in March, where we field both Men's and Women's Blues Teams, alongside 2nd and 3rd Men's and Women's Teams.
For those of you who can’t wait to hit the slopes after a long summer vacation we run weekly race training sessions on Friday evenings at the Gloucester Ski Center on dry slope. These are a great chance to brush up on your racing skills in time for Varsity or just to try your hand at slalom skiing if you’ve never raced before. Qualified coaches will provide guidance on improving your race techniques whether you are a racing beginner or expert.
OUSSC also runs summer race training camps to Saas Fee, so join our mailing list to keep up-to-date with this!
Throughout term time there will be weekly strength and conditioning sessions in the Blues Gym at Iffley at 4pm. These are paid for by the club, and are open to all members.
Blue's Performance Scheme - University scheme to support Blues athletes by providing conditioning training, nutrition, education and injury treatment.
Our main event is the Varsity match against Cambridge on the Varsity Trip in December, where we field both Men's and Women's Blues Teams along with a 2nds and 3rds Men's and 2nd Women's Teams. All members are invited to attend and trial for the teams, you don't need to be an experienced racer to compete!
We also represent Oxford at the British University Indoor Skiing Championships (BUCS) during Michealmas term in slalom.
If you are a beginner to racing then Cuppers is the event for you, the inter-collegiate competition held mid-week on Varsity Trip. The race is a dual slalom where two teams of 4 race side by side in tense relay to take the trophy. The winning college from Oxford them competes against Cambridge for the overall title, and in previous years has offered impressive prizes such as quality spirits, an off-piste day, and Oxford ball tickets for each team member.
As a Discretionary Full Blue sport, committed athletes involved with the Men's or Women's First VI are eligible for a Half Blue or Discretionary Full Blue. The criteria are outlined below:
Men's Full Blue (Maximum 2 per year)
Must be a member of the Men's first VI and fulfil one of the following:
1) Place 1st overall at the Varsity Races
2) Place in the top 10 at BUCS Championships (Main Event or Indoor Skiing Championships if Main Event is not run)
3) Place in the top 15 at BUCS Championships and in the top 3 at the Varsity Races (Main Event or Indoor Skiing Championships if Main Event is not run)
4) Have >150 FIS points
Men's Half Blue
1) Be a member of the Men's First VI
2) Place in the top 4 Oxford racers in either SL or GS at the Varsity Races
A further 2 Half Blues may be awarded at the captain's discretion, provided that the athlete is a committed member of the Men's First VI, for a maximum of 6 per year.
Women's Full Blue (Maximum 2 per year)
Must be a member of the Women's first VI and fulfil one of the following:
1) Place in the top 3 overall at the Varsity Races
2) Place 1st in either SL or GS at the Varsity Races
3) Place in the top 5 at BUCS Championships (Main Event or Indoor Skiing Championships if Main Event is not run)
Women's Half Blue
1) Be a member of the Women's First VI
2) Place in the top 8 in either SL or GS at the Varsity Races
Additional Half Blues can be awarded to committed members of the Women's First VI up to a maximum of 6 total (including other Women's Half Blues) per year.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email one of the captains!
OUSSC strives to make skiing and snowboarding accessible and to provide opportunity for everyone to discover the incredible world of snowsports. We must however respect the minimum requirements enforced by the snow centres within the UK and ask that by participating in OUSSC training trips you are able to:
Control Speed & Direction
Perform Linked Turns
Stop When Required
Use a Button Lift Unassisted
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