Bag The Pipe - Cairngorm holds UK's first ever halfpipe comp

All photos by Stevie McKenna

Scotland's first halfpipe
Scotland’s first halfpipe

It was a big day for Cairngorm Mountain on Saturday as they hosted the first halfpipe contest to be held on British snow.

Having acquired a pipe dragon last year, the resort got their stunt-ditch going early in the season. However, the crazy levels of snowfall that followed soon make it impossible to keep a pipe operational. They did have it back up and running in time for us to get a few laps in during the recent Vans Hi Standard event, and has had pride of place above the Ptarmigan T-bar ever since. All that was left to do was to arrange a dedicated comp, and so Bag The Pipe was born.

Ben Kilner
Ben Kilner in the Highlands, flinging snow

The snow was softening up quickly in the blistering heat, but it was a small price to pay for the kind of weather that really makes a Cairngorm contest. Among those hiking for laps on the day was Ben Kilner, last seen in Sochi. As both a halfpipe specialist and a Scot, this was definitely his bag. Team GB coach Lesley McKenna took a few runs too, despite giving birth just two weeks previously. And yes, there was even a piper.

Claire Frost on her way to the top spot
Frost and slush: Claire on her way to the top spot

Lewis Courtier-Jones, fresh from taking the UK crown in Tignes, was the overall male winner on the day, while Claire Frost picked up the prize for best female. Both receive a season pass for the resort, so hopefully they’ll be bagging more pipe runs next year.

Jonny Barr
Jonny Barr is the boy who never grew up – he’ll need to reattach that shadow…

Once again Cairngorm had knocked it out of the park, capping a terrific events calendar that will take some beating. There’s still a chance to get some days in before they finally call time on the season, so keep an eye on the conditions and get a spring mission planned.

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