… Snow Factor also prepares to host Indoor Freestyle Champs

This Wednesday (20 September) will see talented young skiers and snowboarders from across the country contest the prestigious Scottish Schools Snowsports Association (SSSA) Indoor Slopestyle Championships at Snow Factor Braehead, just west of Glasgow city centre.

With a maximum of 80 competitors permitted for the separate primary and secondary school categories, some of Scotland’s most promising young skiers and snowboarders are expected to be in action within Scotland’s only indoor snow sports resort. However, the competition is also designed to give young skiers and snowboarders their first taste of freestyle competition.

In the primary section, entries already include participants from St Andrews Primary in Dundee, Kingswell’s and Broomhill Primary schools in Aberdeen and Craigdhu Primary in East Dunbartonshire. Among the competitors will be members of Snow Factor Racing (SFR), including Ellen and Anna Phillips in the primary section of Jordanhill School (Glasgow) and their older brother Robert (Jordanhill School).  Bannerman High (Glasgow) and St Andrew’s (Paisley) will be among other secondary schools vying for the secondary school title.

Schools can enter between 1-6 competitors to contest the ski or snowboard categories in a race format that sees individual’s judged on their skills and style while performing jumps, tricks and turns on two separate runs through Snow Factor’s ‘terrain park.’

The first competitors will be in action from 1130am on Wednesday.

Penny Dunn, Business Development Manager for Snow Factor Braehead, commented: “We expect Snow Factor to be buzzing with excitement this week as schools from across Scotland and their many talented young skiers and snowboarders come to contest the SSSA Indoor Slopestyle Championships.  It promises to be a fantastic day on the snow, with pupils of all ages given the chance to showcase their best tricks and jumps to the panel of judges.”

It will be a very busy week for Snow Factor Braehead that is one of Scotland’s six snowsport resorts.  For on Saturday (23 September) the facility will again host the Indoor Freestyle Championships in association with Snowsport Scotland. The competition, open to U12, U16 and Open age categories, is the first part of ‘The Triple Crown.’  This means the overall champions are only decided by ranking points accumulated from results over 2-runs on Saturday and at the second and third events held at a Scottish dry-slope and mountain destination as part of The Triple Crown.

Dunn added: “Snow Factor is proud to once again host the Indoor Freestyle Championships this Saturday in association with Snowsport Scotland. I’m sure we will see some of Scotland’s most promising riders and skiers produce jaw-dropping tricks and jumps in the terrain park as the skiers and boarders pull out all the stops in the hope of taking maximum points forward for the next event in The Triple Crown.”