We may be into April but spring showed no sign of making an appearance at Cairngorm on Saturday for the British leg of the Vans Hi Standard Series. Unlike the glorious weather that graced last year’s event, this year contestants and spectators rocked up to find the mountain covered in thick cloud. However, despite the poor vis the event went ahead, with the rail jam being pushed forward until the cloud lifted and allowed the kickers to open for the big air.
Vans Hi Standard Series is a unique competition that doesn’t allow any spin over 720, so riders have to use style to impress the judges. Many of the UK’s best riders were there to show what they could do. There was some awesome riding from the likes of Will Smith, Gaz Andrews and Matt McCormick but it was local boy, Jamie Trinder who took home the overall prize, fresh from clearing up at the Brits in Tignes the week before. Rising star Jake Binnee took the prize for the best rider under 16.
While the slopes are still in great shape at Cairngorm, Nevis Range and Glencoe, over at Glenshee they had to take the decision to make Saturday their last day of the season due to diminishing snow cover. They’ve had a fantastic season but mild conditions over the past few weeks have taken their toll on the slopes.
Meanwhile, those heading out to the Alps for the Easter holidays will find that spring has returned but the slopes are still in good shape thanks to the big dump of snow at the end of March. If you want to get out there, there’s still time to get an amazing late deal on a package with Inghams!
Over to you…
Are you managing to get any spring shredding in? Let us know where you are/are going/have been, and how it is!
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