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What is the British Snow Tour?
The National Snowboard and Freeski competition circuit, sanctioned by Snowsport GB. Held at Dryslopes, Indoor slopes and within european resorts.Back to top
What happens at the Schools Tour?
A Team of professional athletes and spokespeople tour UK schools and present: Video shows ; AIM talk; Fashion catwalk; Product displays; Trampoline demonstrations; Free lesson/ Academy recruitment; Give-aways.Back to top
They encourage kids to get involved even if snowboarding as they can learn new languages, travel, get involved in photography, journalism, hotel management etc...
Kids also get offered free 1hr taster lessons at each tour event.
What Disciplines are competed for?
Big Air – Competitors perform aerial manoeuvres over a straight jump Back to top
Slope Style – Competitors navigate through a course of various obstacles (i.e. kickers; hips; half-pipes; quarter-pipes; rail slides; slide boxes) performing aerial manoeuvres and slides etc.
Boarder/Skier Cross – Race orientated competition where a number of competitors ride head to head through a designated course incorporating kickers, banked corners, whoops etc.
Half-pipe – Competitors ride down the half-pipe airing out of either wall and re-entering to perform aerial manoeuvres.
If you dont know what each of these disciplines are then refer to the FAQ's about "Snowboard Terrain"
Who can compete?
Anybody can...the Series are open events. The only requirement is that you hold a Snowsports GB/ BSA license available at each event.Back to top
There is no age limit although kids under 16 are required to wear a helmet.
How much does it cost?
Dryslopes generally cost £10 per discipline or £25 for 3Back to top
Indoor events are generally £30 for the day in which there is sometimes 2 disciplines
British Championships abroad generally cost £20 per discipline
License costs approx £20 annual, £10 day
What are the age categories for competition?
The British Competition year is 01.MAY. - 30.APRIL. of the following year. In order to compete in NATIONAL (BSA/ AIM) competitions a competitor must not exceed the age stated before the end of the calendar year in question. Back to top
Below is an example for 2007/08 season
The Snowsport GB "Competition Year" is 01.JULY.07. - 30.JUNE.08
The "Calendar Year" is 01.JAN - 31.DEC.
Age Classification of Snowsport GB competitors:
Kids category Born in 1993 or later (e.g 1994, 95 etc)
Youth category Born in 1991 or 1992
Junior category Born in 1989 or 1990
Senior category Born in 1988 or any year between and including 1978
Master category Born in 1977 or before (e.g. 1976, 75 etc)
Where can it lead?
(i) The Tour is heavily featured in all UK Snowboard and Ski magazines, which provides a platform for all budding talent to gain recognition for their achievements, and present themselves to potential sponsors. Back to top
(ii) The BRITS is the finale to the Tour and recognized as the pinnacle of British snowboarding and Freeskiing Competition.
(iii) The Tour feeds into the World Ranking List. This List grades events from all over the globe to compile an official World Ranking. As the tour is the official National Championships it carries the highest grading and is hugely effective in improving ranking
Is there any point going along if I don’t compete?
You bet ya. At every event the tour gives awayapprox 1000 free snowboard or ski lessons to general members of the public* (subscribe online at www.britishsnowtour.com ). Back to top
DJ's, freebies and demo testing along with free freestyle coaching!
Take time to sample next year’s equipment at the K2, Ride, Salomon and product stalls, before being whisked off to the event’s dedicated after-party (specific events only).
* No free lessons at The BRITS
Is the BRITS a competition or a festival?
It is quite simply the best of both worlds. You decide whether you wish to compete; spectate; ride for you own pleasure; or party like a spiked Manc. Whatever your preference there’s something for all.Back to top
Can my local slope stage a Tour Championships?
Each year the organizers review various dry-slopes as potential venues for domestic legs of the Championships. It is in the interest of the sport for different areas to stage National Championship rounds, however, considered venues must offer facilities suitable for National standard competition. Back to top
Look at the concentration of snowboarding talent coming out of Yorkshire, as a result of the excellent freestyle facilities at Sheffield Freestyle Arena at the Ski Village, and Halifax dry-slope or the Indoor venues like Tamworth or Milton Keynes. If each county had a comparably strong scene, the level of British snowboarding would be raised further.
Want to know more?
visit www.britishsnowtour.comBack to top