(Original post by Lincoln Snow)
Bit more info about the team and this year's annual trip!
Here's what we've got lined up for our members this year:
✔ Meet and Greet social for newbies
✔ Some crazy socials and fancy dress nights with favourites including: Superhero night, the infamous LUSST Halloween pub golf, Boarders vs Skiers, Christmas meal, St Paddy's reunion, UV nights and preholiday house parties
✔ Regular trips to Xscape Castleford's indoor 200m snow slope
✔ Monthly freestyle sessions at Cas with après ski in The Glass Room
✔ Two incredible, week long mountain holidays with sick skiing, sick après and sick nights out
✔ 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY!
✔ On The Pond summer reunion at Grendon Lakes with camping, wakeboarding, paintballing, bbqs and booze!
✔ And lots more!
Now some info about this year's annual holiday:
We cannot yet reveal where we'll be going on this year's snow sports winter trip (this will be announced at the Sports Fayre on Weds 19th Sept so make sure you come along and say hello!) but we can give you some awesome information that will hopefully get you hyped even without knowing where we're going!
I won't say too much about the resort as I might give it away, but I can say we've never been to this resort as a team before, so it'll hopefully be a new place for everyone to go.
The price is incredibly only £399
(if you've never been on a ski holiday before, that price is ridiculous for what's included, see below), we managed to get a great deal from the company taking us there, Off The Piste. We were quoted prices over £500 before negotiating for weeks to bring the price down, and for New Years!
We'll be departing from Lincoln by coach at between 3-5pm on the 29th December, and returning in the late evening of the 6th January 2013. Every LUSST member, past and present is welcome to sign up for the trip, and trust me, it will be the best week of your life. We usually host a pre-holiday party at someone from the teams house. This is sure to be the biggest event of the year, and it's definitely advisable to get booked on as soon as possible because last year we sold out the trip before we'd even had our first trip to Xscape!
We had to book another coach to fulfil all the extra demand, and although we'd like to say we can do the same this year, there are no guarantees if demand is too high! We also won the Sports & Societies award for 'Event of the Year'
for our trip to Tignes last year, which is likely to make our trip even more desirable this year! The booking system is run on a first-come, first-serve basis.
✔ Executive coach travel, there and back; pick ups from Lincoln (on campus), London (Chafford Hundred Train Station), and Dover.
✔ 6 nights self catered accommodation. The accomm is usually pretty shabby, but we don't spend much time there, it's a place to sleep.
✔ 6 day lift pass to the whole ski area (no upgrade required!).
✔ OTP wristband which allows discount entry to all clubs, and discount offers on plenty of drinks in all the places we go!
✔ Pre-departure holiday e-ticket. This tells you all the information about exactly what YOU have booked, what room you will be staying in, and who with, where you'll be picked up from, etc etc.
✔ Trip lanyard with info cards and insurance details.
✔ Fully trained reps with our group, travelling out with us from departure.
✔ All applicable resort taxes and VAT will be paid for us!
Unfortunately, though this price seems too good to be true, extras such as ski/board hire will cost you, but you can be assured that this will still be one of the cheapest ski holidays you'll ever go on!
A few more little interesting facts:
We'll be crossing the channel with P&O ferries, so get out there, take in a little sea air, and stretch those legs, going to be one LLOONNGG haul! Remember, no excise duty taxes, so the insane prices on booze need to be taken advantage of here, last year it was £10 for a crate of 24 cans lads, I bought two
. Ladies, bottles of spirits are usually pretty cheap, but it's usually more advisable to wait until we get to resort as spirits are usually much cheaper there.
We'll have an OTP rep with us on the coach from the pickup point in Lincoln (and also an OTP rep with us at the Sports Fayre at our stall in September, for those who have any questions (these guys will be able to tell you everything you need to know about the trip, and are very persuasive, trust me you'll be dying to come on the trip after talking to one of these guys!). The rep we have with us on the coach journey there will explain all the fine details of the trip, for example how to get your rental gear, and how to get the most out of the amazing trip!
On top of this, we'll have a holiday presentation night a few weeks before the final payment deadline, which will be compulsory for everyone booked on, and advisable for anybody thinking of booking on. We'll have an OTP rep with us there who will help the committee to give you all the details you may need for the trip, including all the extra activities and options, and most importantly, nights out! After this we'll have a team social at a local bar, hopefully with the rep joining us to get to know everyone, and for any unanswered questions!
On the holiday, the committee are happy to spend the first day taking less experienced boarders and skiers around the beginner slopes and show them the ropes! So if anybody was thinking of joining but unsure about going on the holiday because of lack of experience, don't worry, you'll be well looked after!
If this still isn't enough to convince you to at least come and check out one of our socials in September, take a look at a few of our testimonials from past and present members of the team:
“I can’t really imagine how uni would have been without LUSST. No doubt dull by comparison. There are literally hundreds of unbelievable memories (one including a rather photogenic swan) and I’ve made some of my best friends thanks to the team. I really can’t recommend it enough.
“My first year in LUSST was beyond incredible! A year full of top class nights out and two awesome holidays. As a 2nd year the only thing I regret is not joining in my first year!
“Joining snow sports was undoubtedly the best decision I made in my first year of uni. Learning an amazing sport while meeting a bunch of people who genuinely want you there and will support you all the way, awesome socials with awesome people what more can I say.
“Lincoln Snow Sports Team made my first year at University, giving me a load of stories to tell, memories to treasure and friends that will be in my life long after I leave University. I cannot wait for next year!
“Joining LUSST is the best thing I’ve done at uni and regret not joining in first year! I’ve learnt to ski for the first time and met so many good friends and felt so much more involved! Not to mention getting to go on holiday with 78 people!
You know it makes sense people!