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FREESTYLE LEAGUE - BEARSDEN TAKE HONOURS - Jane Peel, Chief Reporter
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It's a clean sweep for the Glasgow team as they win the inaugural league competition. NEW & UPDATED

The Championship Ski & Snowboard League has seen 12 teams from indoor and dry slopes nationwide battle it out in 5 matches over 5 months, and the winners have just been announced.

Bearsden Freestyle, based in Glasgow,  triumphed in both the Ski & Snowboard contests.

Their skiers beat Hemel by just 1 point.

CSS Ski final standings 2016Final ski standings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hemel's skiers had been in the lead before the final round, but it was all to play for as the fifth and last match was against their main rivals, Bearsden.

In the end Bearsden won both the match and the title.

The videos of the final rounds have just been released.  Here's the Bearsden v Hemel battle on skis.

And here is the final snowboard round between the same two teams, which Bearsden won, along with the title.

Here are the full snowboard results.

CSS League Snowboard results 2016Final snowboard standings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each team competing in the league uploaded the videos of their best tricks which were then assessed by a judging panel.

GB Park & Pipe came up with the idea, which they say is the first snowsports competition of its kind in the world, as a way of nurturing potential stars of the future. 

64 snowboarders and 70 skiers - the youngest aged 9 - took part.

The winners receive £2000 and the runners up £1000, donated by sponsors The Snowboard Asylum, Ellis Brigham and Delancey.

Half of the prize money must be reinvested into each freestyle scene at the successful facility. 

New competitions for CSS This season's competitions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The CSS league proved so popular that 2 additional one-off competitions were launched in July, aimed at slopes that had been unable to be part of the league this season. 

CSS Micro Machines was for skiers and snowboarders aged under 12 and CSS Battle Royale was for teams of 3, which had to include at least one female.

Each competitor had to upload footage of their best rail, kicker and ex (execution) tricks. 

The videos of both competitions are well worth a look.

The results are revealed at the end.

 

The support for CSS is a sign of the growing snowsports scene in the UK which is leading to results for GB freestylers in competitions as we have reported here on PlanetSKI.

The GB Park & Park Programme Manager, Lesley McKenna, says she's delighted with the way the first season has gone.

"Championship Ski and Snowboard is such a great project," she says.

"Not only does it encourage people to get involved and learn new tricks that they can then showcase to the Park & Pipe world, but it also supports the facilities to develop better freestyle setups and is an important step in the GB Park & Pipe Performance Pathway.

"We can see that the technical standard of both the skiing and snowboarding has risen instantly and we have see multiple new tricks from many of the riders.

"It is already proving a fantastic way to identify up and coming riders, and we are proud to be supporting the grassroots of UK freestyle snowsports in the UK.

The slopes that have been taking part in the league this season are Stoke Ski Centre (ski), The Snow Centre Hemel Hempstead (ski & snowboard), Aberdeen Snowsports Centre (ski & snowboard), Bearsden Ski and Snowboard Club (ski & snowboard). SnowDome Tamworth (ski & snowboard), Snozone Milton Keynes (ski & snowboard) and Snow Factor Braehead (snowboard).

Further details and more videos of the matches can be found  on the CCS Facebook page.

CSS is endorsed by GB Park & Pipe and supported through The Snowboard Asylum, Ellis Brigham, Delancey as well The National Lottery, UK Sport and national governing bodies Snowsport England, Snowsport Scotland and Snowsport Wales.

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