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Freestyle Captain


 

Liam Keyes is Freestyle Captain 2017/18
I started skiing as a young child. Since then I’ve always been obsessed with trying to throw myself off things and slide down rails. After doing a season instructing in Banff, Canada I have a Level 2 CISA certification and can teach in the park, so I will always be there to give friendly advice and tips, if wanted. At uni I spend my days watching edits and trying to go practice as much as possible. I will be organising everything freestyle so don’t be scared to spam me with messages. Whether you have never been in the park before or have your 10s on lock, get involved!

Get in touch at freestylecaptain@sheffski.com!


Training


Our training sessions are usually at Xscape Castleford on a Thursday or Friday evening, when there is a full park setup. We do these every few weeks during term time - if it's a popular session we take a coach or minibus, otherwise we arrange people to drive up. We generally leave about 5pm to leave plenty of time to get there, get some food and get ready, to be on the slope from 7pm until 9/10pm. We're normally back in Sheffield by 11pm-ish, before going to Bar One to get the bevs in!

We post all the details of upcoming Freestyle sessions on the events section of the club Facebook page, so keep your eyes peeled for info!


Competitions


The University of Sheffield is a full BUCS member, and so we therefore take place in the three main University freestyle skiing competitions: BUDS (British Universities Dryslope Championships), BUiSC (British University Indoor Snowsports Competition) and the Alpine Championships (Above and Below). We also compete in the Sheffield Varsity, against Sheffield Hallam University.

We want to get as many people competing as possible, from beginner to pro, so please do talk us if you're thinking about competing. If you're new to freestyle skiing, competing these events is a great way to practise your skills, learn new tricks and meet loads of other like-minded people.


Medals


Sheffield Varsity 2016/17 - Freestyle Ski (Male)
Gold (Liam Keyes) (Varsity point-winning)
Silver (Alex Glasse)

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BUCS Dome Series Northern 2016/17 - Freestyle Ski (Female)
1st (Andie Marusha Creel), 2nd (Nicole Bramley) and 4th (Lucy Bradbury)

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BUCS Alpine Championships 2015/16 - Freestyle Big Air (Male)
2nd (Marcus Haywood-Alexander)


Club Skis


We're really lucky to have two sets of club park skis which are for use by members for freestyle training and in competitions, as well as for general skiing use on holidays.

  • Faction Candide 2.0 (2016) with Marker Griffon bindings
  • Line Tigersnake (2017) with Salomon bindings

Both of these sets of skis and bindings have been funded by grants from the Alumni Fund at the University of Sheffield, and we are very grateful for their continuing support of our club.

SheffSki also has several sets of skis available for use, donated by GB pro James "Woodsy" Woods - thank you Woodsy!

If you want to borrow these skis to use at a Cas session or on our Easter holiday, get in touch with our Freestyle Captain who'll sort you out!

 

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Freestyle in Sheffield


Although Sheffield's Ski Village burned down in 2012, the legacy lives on. Many pro freestyle skiers including James "Woodsy" Woods (5th in the Men's Ski Slopestyle at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi) and Katie Summerhayes (7th in the Women's Ski Slopestyle in Sochi), learned their trade at the Sheffield Ski Village during its heyday. The video below by Salt-Street Productions shows SheffSki members Marcus Haywood-Alexander (Freestyle Captain, 2015-16) and Byron Haywood-Alexander (Club Captain, 2012-13) with friend Andy Dods, skiing on the remains of the Ski Village.

 


Page last updated: 9th July 2017, WM