Thousands of university students returned home just before Christmas after a week on the slopes for their annual University Christmas ski trips.
If you’re a university student, that loves snowsports and boozing then the annual Christmas ski trip should be on your list of things to do! Right now many university students have returned from week long trips to a number of locations in the Alps. It is fair to state that these trips are far from refined. If you didn’t manage to make the trip expect to hear stories of the vast amounts of alcohol consumed, tales of fornication and crazy off piece sessions. Ski resorts this time of year are flooded by university students, travel companies ensure that there are a number of universities per resort which helps increase the level of competition between the universities.
Trips are wild, and the skiers/ boarders will definitely need more than a day’s rest to revive from the trip. Varsity trips such as these allow students that have a passion for snowsports, or drinking to take full advantage of cheap holidays. Base prices usually start at around £300.00. Snowsport university holiday makers promise students cheap drinks, free club nights and a weeklong trip that they will never forget.
Students get to take full advantage of the slopes, and the holidays cater for all abilities. The booking process is simple with the ability to choose rentals, lessons or insurance packages. To secure a place on the trip a deposit is required, with an additional damage deposit being taken when the full payment it made. Rest assured that the damage deposit will go to good use when returned (i.e on booze) as students receive this deposit back at the socials. Currently a large number of snowsport clubs are revealing their Easter trips with students returning in the next week.
What happens on the trip stays on the trip
The resorts chosen by the travel companies usually have a number of great bars and clubs. Depending on the size of the university ski/snowboard club they each are given a select bar to host their pre-drinks and pre-club socials, later descending on one nightclub for a night of mayhem.
As well as having a number of great bars and nightclubs to take advantage of, après ski has never been better. The university skiers and boarders all end up at the same après ski bar, where a number of DJ’s are spinning tracks; drinking games are on-the-go and there is an opportunity to strip down and simply get naked.
What trip is not complete without a specific dress code? We caught up with UWE (University of the west England) snowsports to find out what they had been up to at Les Deux Aples. The first night out in Les Deux Aples consisted of a ‘tight and bright theme’ with Jelly wrestling held at Yeti bar, and they were quick to mention it was messy. Some of the other nights were pirate and Christmas themed. Oh, and definitely worth declaring they had a retro ski theme for the day trip to Alpe D’Huez. UWE snowsports is one of the biggest social clubs at the University, and they certainly do know how to party.
If you haven’t been on a University ski trip you haven’t lived
We caught up with SKUM (The University of Manchester Ski & Snowboard Club), to find out what they had got up to this year at Val Thornes. For their Easter trip they are off to Andorra the tax free haven between France and Spain.
“The week was amazing”
We got the gist that the holiday was pretty mental; the club hosts some of the best socials and trips at The University of Manchester. From our Facebook feed its clear that a lot of skiing was done, and plenty of drinking for all the students who were away.
Joining University in 2014
If you are joining university and enjoy skiing/boarding, or you’re interested in trying it out it is worth talking to your university snowsport club, we would certainly recommend the trips and the socials. Beginner or advanced skier the slopes will become your second home, and the hangovers that will follow will be worth it.
So make sure that you have your University ski trip in your to-do-list, and that you’ve already started saving. A massive shoutout to all Uni snowsport clubs that were happy with us using their pictures.