By Carolyn Mearns
Snow may not have started to fall just yet, but that hasn’t stopped hundreds of students descending on Edinburgh for the world’s biggest dryslope championship.
Held at Hillend, Europe’s largest artificial ski slope, the British University Dry slope (BUDS) races takes place Friday and Saturday.
Competitors and spectators have travelled from universities across Britain to battle it out on the slope in various disciplines including slalom, ski and board giant slalom, team parallel slalom and different freestyle events to see who will be victorious.
Emily McDonald, 18 from University College London is attending BUDS for the first time. She said: “It’s amazing to see so many students, from different universities in the same place at once. The atmosphere is amazing.”
BUDS is the first major BUSC (British University Snowsports Committee) event of the year and gives students of all abilities the chance to represent their university.
Phil Scott, 19, Captain of Northumbria University Snowsport’s team said: “Being a captain at BUDS is a great experience, there are lots of perks. I still get all of the fun, but have some responsibility to go with it.”
Friday ends with a sold out night-time venue at City nightclub, where students can let their hair down after a day of braving the elements. Whilst Saturday evening sees BUDS ball returns to 2007’s location at Murrayfield Rugby Stadium where prize giving will take place.
BUSC is run by a full time organising committee, whose members change every year and are elected for the following season during BUDS weekend and the winners are announced at the ball.
Competing to organise BUSC events 2010/2011 are MacBid a coalition of students from Glasgow, Strathclyde and Aberdeen Universities and Best of the West, with students from Sheffield, Bristol and the University of the West of England joining forces.
The BUSC events committee organises a host of races across the academic year, ending with the Main Event which will see nearly 3,000 students take over Alpe d’Heuz. Chairman Quentin Tchakhotine describes BUSC as, “truly addictive events, nothing less”.