Regular Season Ends

Regular Season Ends

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.

Hey at least they maintained a solid one-to-one ratio (half snow, half dirt).

Hey at least they maintained a solid one-to-one ratio (half snow, half dirt).

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.

Yeesh. Mention it to her and she'll show you the whole video. 

Yeesh. Mention it to her and she'll show you the whole video. 

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.

Despite what Chandler said to the public, she could be seen on the day of the rail jam getting pretty friendly with the butter box, as photographic evidence shows. One source even stated, under the condition of anonymity, that they overheard her whispering, "my precious," as she fifty-fiftied the feature.

Despite what Chandler said to the public, she could be seen on the day of the rail jam getting pretty friendly with the butter box, as photographic evidence shows. One source even stated, under the condition of anonymity, that they overheard her whispering, "my precious," as she fifty-fiftied the feature.

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!

Finals St!nk; Sunday River Won't

Finals St!nk; Sunday River Won't

ALDERMAN LIBRARY - I hope this blog finds everyone alive and in a cozy study spot. In these next trying days of academic hell, I thought I’d offer some solace with a pro/con list of the current situation, just to put this all into perspective. Things might not be as bad as they seem, or if you are a horrible procrastinator then maybe they are, maybe they are worse.

 

PRO: It’s like, almost cold in Virginia, which is a promising start to Winter! Yay!

Like I said, almost cold.

Like I said, almost cold.

CON: Haha..finals, there is no way around them.

 

PRO: They only last two weeks. And while your finals may have failed you, or you may have failed your finals, time has never failed any of us. It will keep on ticking closer and closer to…the best week of the year: Sunday River.

Is that...snow!?

Is that...snow!?

CON: If you picked up a season pass to Wintergreen at Clark all those weeks ago, and you took a snazzy picture, I’m sorry to let you know that your picture simply is not as cool as this one:

Mac's pretty proud of himself for this one.

Mac's pretty proud of himself for this one.

PRO: Skison (ski season for you plebs) begins RIGHT AFTER SUNDAY RIVER with our first race at Sugar Mountain (Oh la-la). Sugar Mountain may sound like a board game, or a level of Candy Crush, but in fact it is actually a ski resort - the more you know.

 

 

Remember everyone, there’s a reason we do what we do, and that reason is skison.

TOTOTL Was Kind Of Cute

TOTOTL Was Kind Of Cute

This past Monday, tykes from all over Charlottesville hit the lawn in costume to celebrate Halloween--UVA style. And guess what, VASST was there! A quick thank you to Grant Schwooby Dooby Doo for your lawn room (fyi Grant there are rumors that you perform spooky Argentinian folk rituals in there, but I don't spread rumors so I thought I'd let you know directly- I've got your back). 

Also shouts to (the other) Jillian for organizing the whole shebang and setting up an inspiring awards ceremony for all the mini-racers out there...

...because everyone deserves to feel like they're # 1... 

even if it's for only once in their life.

Check out Gallery for more podium pics!

If you're reading this you're too late (*Not Actually*)

If you're reading this you're too late (*Not Actually*)

Sunday River signups are TONIGHT at 8pm in New Cabell 415!!! Come out and signup for the most legendary trip of the year.

2nd Year Skiers Charlotte and Ali win the prize for first in line. They arrived in line 1:55 (6 hours and 5 minutes early for you English majors)

 

They Have No Lives.

They Have No Lives.

The room number is backwards. #science

The room number is backwards. #science

Ali will cherish this piece of tape forever.

Ali will cherish this piece of tape forever.

Thank you to the organizational mastermind Dooley for making this possible.

Thank you to the organizational mastermind Dooley for making this possible.

TGR's Tight Loose Will Be Totally Tight

TGR's Tight Loose Will Be Totally Tight

Did you ever miss out on your chance in middle school to make out with the boy/girl of your dreams in the intimate venue of a dark movie theater full of people? If the answer is yes, well then, VASST’s screening of TGR’s Tight Loose is your chance to make up for missed opportunities, and to show your middle school self how far you have come.

This Friday in the South Meeting Room of Newcomb Hall we are playing this year’s film by Teton Gravity Research, which Snowboard VP Mac describes to be “an absolute banger of a flick that is sure to get your gnar-dar registering all time high levels of stoke.” To translate: it’s a movie about some pros skiing and snowboarding in some of the dopest places out there, and we use this film as pure inspiration for some of our own competitions come race season.

Doors @ 7:30, movie starts @ 8pm. Tickets sold on a  first come first serve basis. We’re raffling off prizes AND there will be popcorn. What more could you want? Oh yeah...for your mom to burn every picture of you from middle school ever.

Tubing Was Fine

Tubing Was Fine

SCOTTSVILLE- A couple weeks ago, VASST took advantage of the last sweltering days of summer by driving down to Scottsville and tubing the James River. We arrived at the outfitters in true VASST fashion...meaning late, got our tubes, and began the blissful journey of merrily floating down Virginia’s grossest river.

To sum up the event, butts were scratched (believe it or not the James River is like 6 inches deep), phones were broken, and best friends were made. 

While we are all hype about getting one season closer to winter, that was probably the last time I will be outside, on the water and in a bikini for quite some time--ciao summer, you were truly rad. 

The tans may fade, but the memories will last forever.

Activities Fair Goes Well

Activities Fair Goes Well

South Lawn- VASST showed off its activitities this past Monday while working hard to recruit some of the brightest young minds UVA has to offer.

 

Look how much fun we had with friends!

Look how much fun we had with friends!

Look at us recruiting bright young minds!

Look at us recruiting bright young minds!

Soaking up the sun

Soaking up the sun

Helena, striking a scandalous pose with a plaque that she personally won.  

Helena, striking a scandalous pose with a plaque that she personally won.

 

That pretty much sums up VASST's showing at this year's Activities Fair. Check out more photos in the Gallery, and we'll see you at the Info Sessions later in the week! Use the Calendar tab for deets on upcoming events.

Side note, our new t-shirts are here, and we have a very unamused Bakewell to model them for us.

Other side note, we're on Insta! So follow us @vasst.ski

New Webmasters Assume Position; Struggle for Website Control Over

SUMMER BREAK - Before the struggle could result in even more casualties, everyone went home for summer break and fighting ultimately ceased. Negotiations took place, where President Dooley mediated between noncompliant sitting webmaster Spencer and new webmaster team Danny and Gillian.

In the end, power transferred over peacefully as Spencer presented a tear-stained slip of paper to Danny on which the website’s executive login information was written.

Spencer, when contacted, had no comment on the matter. He assumes a new position in the Fall as Men’s Ski Captain, and must be very busy with that.

Webmaster team Danny and Gillian got to work on updating the website [believe us, that place was a mess] and transferring content. And alas, here we are! As webmasters, we will be keeping the website updated with important dates, details, and race info. And as historians, we will be posting photos and blogging on anything blog-worthy that the club is doing.

First up is the activities fair Monday, Aug 22. Make sure to stop by our booth from 11am-2pm to make it on this year’s email list, and to see all your favorite VASSTers in bikinis (even the guys).

 

New webmasters appointed, struggle for control ongoing

CHARLOTTESVILLE - Casualties are mounting as forces loyal to the sitting webmaster battle the encroaching soldiers of the internationally-recognized coalition webmaster team.

"Food supplies are running low, and the UNHCR has struggled to get us the supplies we need," said Red Cross aid specialist Sven Erik to reporters by phone.

Sitting Webmaster Spencer has refused to step down at the end of his term limit. Attempting to pass an amendment to the VASST bylaws which would allow a second term resulted in a walkout of chairs and a collapse of the government. Subsequent elections were marred by violence, which escalated into the skirmishes that have sent many Charottesville residents into hiding.

Gillian and Danny, who enjoy the support of broad swathes of first-years, various soccer teams and some sects of snowboarders, have secured the support the UN Security Council and numerous NGOs that operate in the small city in central Virginia.

"We ask Webmaster Spencer to recognize the right of the people to select their own Webmaster. We want to work together to end the senseless violence," the pair said in a statement to the dwindling corps of international press gathered in the historic Old Dorms area of the city.

SNOWBOARDERS CRUSH NATTYS

OK, so full disclosure, your correspondent is technically a skier. While he shreds on all types of planks and binding systems, he was not invited to the USCSA Nationals in Lake Placid, NY this year.

But, our men's and women's snowboard teams both were. And they shredded. Here are the results.

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GS

  • Men - 3rd
  • Women - 3rd

Snowboard Cross

  • Women - 4th
  • Men - 4th

Slopestyle

  • Women - 3rd
  • Men - 4th

Railjam

  • Women - 3rd
  • Men - 5th

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And if you only count colleges that don't advertise at ski mountains (lookin' at you Sierra Nevada College of Incline Village, Nevada), then all of our results go up by 1, so there.

Here's a pic of the crew mid-shred. Good job boarders!

Shamelessly stolen from Chandler