Glencoe's freeride ski and snowboard competition, the Coe Cup, is to take place March 24-25. Originally it was planned for the first weekend of March, but lack of snow has forced organises to push it back three weeks.
Glencoe is temporarily closed due to snow conditions and high winds. Glenshee and The Lecht have even less snow than Glencoe (15cm/30cm) but organises have postponed the event in the hope of colder, snowier weather.
The UK's freeride elite flock to Glencoe each year to battle it out on Baillies Gully. There are two starting points, one for skiers and the other for snowboarders. Competitors descend a mountain face and are scored on technical ability, fluidity, style (tricks) and the line they choose. A track will be cut into the base of the face where the judges are located to enable easier access for spectators.
To enter the competition, you must be a minimum of advanced level snowboarder or skier and able to tackle a techincal off-piste run with ease. You'll need to fill in the online entry form.
The Coe Cup is what everyone is aiming for. It's awarded to the best overall rider of the competition whose name will be engraved on it after which it can be viewed at Glencoe Mountain Resort. Besides winners' medals, other prizes consist of skis, snowboards, transceivers, tecnical rucksacks, helmets, eyeware, goretex outerware, beanies, helmet cams and loads more.