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General

Everyone gets a numbered bib on Saturday that will be collected at registration in the morning. You get course inspection, a practice run and then two timed qualification runs. These qualification runs are used to seed everyone for the knockout heats on Sunday.

Everyone that enters on Saturday will get to compete on Sunday regardless of their qualification result.

On Sunday, you’ll get a practice run and then it’s into the knockout heats where 4 people race against each other. Coloured bibs are worn based on seeding from Saturday. These bibs are handed out at the start area and must be returned after your heat.

The heats progress until the small and large finals and then it’s prizegiving.

The event team reserve the right to amend the format, structure and timing of the event as necessary.

Yes. The SSBX is a two-day event.  To take part in the knock out heats on Sunday you must attend the first day of the SSBX and take part in the timed runs.  The timed runs are simply used to give everyone a seeding for the heats on day two.

Sometimes competitors during those timed runs will miss a gate and register a ‘DSQ’ or retire falling a fall and register a ‘DNF’.  Even in these circumstances those competitors who register a disqualification or do not finish the timed run STILL qualify for the second day and are simply seeded last.

The important thing to remember is that to qualify for Sunday you must be present and race on Saturday.

If you’re a competent skier or snowboarder who is happy on most runs and a variety of terrain then this is for you. Have a look at last year’s video to see what it’s all about.

We want to encourage participation from all ages, genders and discipline. Restricting spaces in each category is the best way that we have found to handle this over the years. The competition works best when categories are divisible by 4. Where there is surplus demand in a category a waiting list will be created.

Registration

All competitors will receive additional information by email ahead of the event weekend. We will use the email address that you registered with so please keep an eye on your inbox. We will also post updates on the SSBX Facebook page so please follow us there. It is the competitor’s responsibility to read the communications that are issued by the event team.

Mistakes happen. We get that. However, this event is brought to you by a team of volunteers and involves a lot of planning. When you registered you received an email confirming the category that you have entered in. Instructions in that email were to contact us within 24hrs if you had selected the wrong category. Unfortunately, if you haven’t contacted us we are unable to swap the category. Your place will be forfeited and we are unable to offer any refunds.

Yes. If your category is showing as “Sold Out” on the Eventbrite registration site please enter your details here to be registered on our waiting list. Please make sure you use an email that you check regularly.

Maybe. Unfortunately we can’t guarantee where spaces will become available. The event team reserve the right to offer spaces to those who best fit the overall needs of the event and spaces will not necessarily be allocated on a first come first served basis.

The event is always very popular and it is not unusual to have a waiting list of 50 or more. In this situation, the event team will allocate spaces taking on board both the needs of the event and the fairness of the waiting list.

Demand for places is very high and the event sells out very quickly. Last minute withdrawals are disruptive to the event, potentially unfair to those who were unable to secure a place, and may leave Aberdeen Snowsports Club financially liable. This policy is in line with many major sporting events.

Lift Tickets

Aberdeen Snowsports Club have negotiated a special discounted rate with Glenshee and sell them direct to you to save you the added hassle of having to queue for tickets at the resort ticket office.  To help our admin you have to pre-purchase these tickets at the time of registration. Aberdeen Snowsports Club make no money from the sale of these tickets and as a result of this there is a small booking fee for each ticket that we have to pass on to you.

If you have season passes for other resorts you may find you are entitled to a greater discount direct from Glenshee on the day. Please check their website for the latest ticket prices.  

No. We are only able to sell lift tickets to competitors. Any supporters, friends or family of competitors will have to purchase their tickets direct from the Glenshee ticket offices on each day of the event.

Weekend Practicalities

The weather on the Scottish mountains can be extremely variable. Please come prepared for all conditions from blazing sunshine through to arctic winds and whiteout conditions. Sometimes even in the same day. Competitors should ensure they are dressed appropriately with suitable layers, gloves and goggles. The event team will keep a close eye on the weather and may alter the timings accordingly should the weather deteriorate.

Saturday morning, once the event course team have finished their final preparations. Due to a variety of factors we are unable to build the course any earlier.

It’s your responsibility to be at the start in plenty of time for your heat. Unfortunately if you miss your heat you will be disqualified and eliminated from the competition.

Depending on the number of competitors we can have between 75 and 100 races.  The vast majority of which are decided by the previous heats.

As a rule we run through all the initial heats, quarter finals, semi-finals, small finals (if run) before moving onto the finals in each category.  Experience has shown that this is the best way to give us the flexibility to react to changing circumstances.

The SSBX is run on a Scottish Mountain where there are many variables to contend with principally the weather.  While it can be relatively calm at the finish area the start area can experience changing weather conditions and consequently we may require to alter the start order of particular races especially for the younger ones.

Our advice is not to ride the mountain while competing in the SSBX but to either lap the piste on which the event is run or remain in and around the finish area to hear the announcements from the event MC. As a small volunteer team, we are unable to post results or make any announcements regarding the event in any of the cafes at Glenshee while the event is underway.

Saturday’s qualification results will be posted as soon as possible on Saturday evening via the event website and the FB page. Please be patient – our event team will have been on the hill all day.

The team on the hill will be identifiable by their Event Team bibs. Speaking to one of us in person, during the day is best. The event team’s access to email and FB is limited over the event weekend so please do not rely on these methods of contact during this time.