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Snowsports to turn Forum Hill into ski slope

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The University of Exeter’s Snowsports society is kick starting refresher’s week with ‘one of the biggest, most outrageous and unique event’ the society has hosted thus far: ‘chill hill.’ On Saturday, 21 January, 2017, the society has organised to cover forum hill with 48 tonnes of real snow, where 30 of the UK’s top University riders will showcase their moves.

Performances will mainly be focused on snowboarding and skiing, including one freestyle rail competition at the end. Snowsports have announced the confirmed riders from the University of Exeter and the University of Portsmouth.

On the Facebook event, Snowsports outline the event’s aims as ‘inspire, expose, and support.’ The society aims to record the event’s occurrences with a drone, flying at 400ft in the air. Exeter’s snowboarders include: Eddie Reeder, Dan Barlow, Sean Gee, Katherine Hellier, Anna Haskins, and Becky Chorlton. Furthermore, competing in the skiing events are Harri Lowen, George Brock, and Ryony spensley. Both skiing and Snowboarding events are split into male and female categories.

“It’s not everyday you get to snowboard on the uni campus”

Katherine Hellier, snowboarding participant and Vice President of Snowsports said: “I’m really excited to be part of this new event, especially to encourage more girls to give freestyle a go and see what it’s all about.

Tickets for the event are set at £1 and include prizes and free goodies for spectators throughout the event. The society is using Tilt for ticket purchases and a wristband exchange will be held in the forum piazza on Tuesday 17, from 2-4pm. A proportion of the ticket sales will go to Snowsports’ chosen charity, which is ‘Disability Snowsports UK.’

Moreover, there is a scheduled RedBull DJ truck, providing music for the duration of the event. An official afterparty for the event will be hosted at Exeter Phoenix, costing £5 in advance, or £7 at the door.

Eddie Reeder, a snowboarder from the University of Exeter is “stoked” for the event: “We’ve got friends and snowboarders coming down from other universities so it should be an amazing time. It’s not everyday you get to snowboard on the uni campus so I’m stoked to get that chance!” said Reeder.

A spokesperson from Exeter University Snowsports told Exeposé:

“We are really excited to be organising such an iconic event for everyone at the University. After 7 months of preparation, it’s defi nitely the biggest venture we’ve ever undertaken. We hope that it inspires others to have a go at freestyle, expose the immense skill from across the country and support local business and charities. We can’t wait to see everyone there!”

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