Just how good was the Scottish snowboard season?

Danny McCormick, always grinning in the ‘gorms. Photo: Ed Blomfield.

When it comes to events, no other resort came close to Cairngorm this season. On top of the Scottish Freestyle Championships, Bonnie Banked Slalom, Scottish Freedom Series and others, the resort saw the return of the Vans Hi Standard in April. Fast becoming an annual pilgrimage for a large chunk of the UK riding community, the weekend saw a top-drawer park and just enough favourable weather to throw another epic comp.

Making its debut this year was Bag The Pipe, the UK’s first ever halfpipe contest. Having bought a pipe cutter last year, the crew got it in place early on – only for it to be buried by unholy amounts of the white stuff. Eventually, though, it was back in place and got a right good rinsing on the day of the comp.

Ben Kilner was among those bagging the pipe in April. Photo: Stevie McKenna

They finally called time on the season in early May, but not before sorting out a pristine kicker and inviting Jamie Nicholls to come and play on it – look out for the shots from the session in his forthcoming documentary, Forged In Steel. All this while still catering for thousands of snowsports enthusiasts every week, even as the wind piled mountains of snow on top of the train tracks and top station. Not too shabby.



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