Angie Nock gets the scoop on the skills and events Queen Mary’s Snowsports Society has to offer
With summer a distant memory and winter rapidly approaching, it’s surely time to start thinking about ski season, and Queen Mary Snowsports provides the perfect opportunity to get involved. “We are a society which is always welcoming, whether you have experience with snowsports or not”, QMSS’ President Jack Bull told The Print. “We cater for beginners who would like to try something new, as well as those who are much more experienced and want to develop their skills”.
A big part of the QMSS calendar is the ski trips, with at least two happening every year. Booking is currently open for the January trip to Val Thorens in the French Alps, with the club set to take twice as many people to the Alps as it did two years ago. However, despite the lack of mountains in London, the week-long trips aren’t the only opportunity to ski or snowboard. The club offers cheap practice sessions at local dryslopes and snowdomes, as well as lessons for novices or anyone feeling a bit rusty. In addition, there is race training for anyone who is more experienced and wants to develop their skills, with the opportunity to compete across the UK and France, such as in the British Universities Dryslope Championships – a skiing and snowboarding competition held every year in Edinburgh.
Other related events include a recent visit to the iF3 International Freeski Film Festival – a festival dedicated to screening free-skiing films, and an upcoming trip to Freeze Big Air – an event being held next year at Stratford’s Olympic Park. However, QMSS isn’t just about snowsports; the club holds regular socials too, such as meals and nights out, as well as participating in our very own Hail Mary every month.
Talking about the development of the club, Jack told us, “The club has grown substantially in recent years. Only three weeks after Freshers’ Fair, the society is approaching seventy paid members, already matching our total from last year. This growth means we can now provide even more opportunities for our members”.
Membership is £20 and can be purchased from the Students’ Union either online or at The Hub, and this includes access to all the trips and socials, as well as a social t-shirt, perfect for Hail Mary. For more information about the club, visit their website or Facebook page.
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