And that’s a wrap! With four races in four weekends, UVA is done competing in the USCSA Southeast Conference and is off to the Mid-Atlantic Regionals this weekend. But before looking ahead, let’s look back on those four races, and the beautiful memories they now hold.
Sugar (Jan 15-16)
It was muddy as a duck puddle, frustrating shredders across all disciplines as they came out for the first race of the season. As far as steez goes, Sugar was not that sweet.
Bryce Round 1 (Jan 21-22)
I have to say I don’t know too much about what went on at this one. I wasn’t there, but apparently one kid ordered three quesadillas at Denny’s...for breakfast. That must have sat well during a slalom race.
Another notable event was the spontaneous creation of an amateur skateboard club, which Zach hated on, joined, became president of, was kicked off of, and then once again joined, all in the span of about an hour. I don’t think the club exists anymore; snowboarding honestly takes priority over skateboarding, and the exec board didn’t really seem to agree on anything, especially their opinion of Zach.
Bryce Round 2 (Jan 28-29)
The rail jam on Saturday had the lady boarders uniting and standing up for their right to functional features after heavy usage of one particular butter box left a gaping hole at the end of it.
No one knows this better than Caroline, who caught the toe edge of her board in the hole while completing an otherwise gnarly boardslide, and was consequently sent flying like a scorpion into the snow.
Citing safety concerns and corruption (maybe?), several lady boarders spoke out. “We stand in solidarity, as #womenagainstthefirstbox,” said Chandler, one of the movement’s leaders, and one of the box’s victims.
Massanutten (Feb 4-5)
This past weekend’s race at Massanutten closed out the 2017 regular season. While luxuriously warm and bereft of any real snow, VASST maintained a strong showing and a positive attitude, especially by showing up in costume to giant slalom. Steve Irwin was there, along with several animals, a pikachu, and enough food to go around.
Okay, enough with the fond memories and embarrassing photos, let’s get down to the numbers, which students at UVA tend to be good with (unless you’re a liberal arts major like me lol). Here’s how we did:
- UVA Men’s Alpine finished 4th
- UVA Women’s Alpine finished 3rd
- UVA Men’s Snowboard GS finished 1st
- UVA Women’s Snowboard GS finished 1st
- UVA Men’s Snowboard Freestyle finished 2nd
- UVA Women’s Snowboard Freestyle finished 1st
- UVA Men’s Ski Freestyle Ski finished 6th
- UVA Women’s Ski Freestyle finished 3rd (thanks to a single participant, Ski VP Grace!)
Wow. UVA is like totally awesome at everything!