F words

Fun. Friends. Foxfield. Finals. Four.

 

Well, that about sums it up. However, if you, like me, would like to continue deviating from your true and proper studious duties now seems to be an excellent time to reflect on April 26, 2014.

April 26th started out like many other Saturdays here on grounds.

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While we always have fun with our friends here on grounds April 26th was a special day because we were going to take our fun off-grounds. April 26th we drove out of Charlottesville to the Foxfield Race Track. At 10:00 am we arrived at the plot and at 10:01 Operation: Free Stuff was launched.

Ultimately, I’d say that was a quick success. In other news, Kwan and Botlo had started playing cornhole.

By now the sun was shining and the day was in full swing, well except for those people from Maryland that didn’t get the memo about the official start time and wanted to drive their Ford Raptor down the aisle between I and J, then realized they were on the wrong side of their plot and had to back out. Needless to say our resident cornhole champs were not pleased with this delay of game.

However, with this lull in the action it seemed to be the opportune time to re-apply some sunscreen (because remember friends, “Safety never takes a holiday”). After this brief excursion we came back to find all was right back at the plot, Kwan was still winning cornhole. When asked for a comment the humble victor imparted some wisdom warning that, “Being so good at everything is hard on your feet.”

ImageFrom that point the day continued much as you probably would expect, so then we had to go on another mission. This mission would be much more treacherous and grueling than the previous missions. This mission would define the success of the entire day. This was when we started Operation: Find a Horse.

Our first task was finding willing participants to accompany us on this journey. The smart ones knew that this mission likely would end in failure and prefered to stay at the tents shaded from the elements with refreshments galore. In the end, we did find one more adventurous soul and thus we left our home at I-3&4 and we headed off.

With little research available on where we might find these mythical beings we sort of wandered aimlessly for a while.

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After several minutes of traversing the grassy knolls we became disheartened and had to rest in the grass. Momentarily it was considered that now would be the optimal time for some sort of existential crisis, us being so close to nature and all.

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But then we decided it would be better to find the perfect angle of floppiness for Blackout’s hat.

Then, just when all hope was about to be lost, it happened.

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ImageImageImageAll of our wildest dreams were coming true, and for those of you that are sports fans, yes, Kwan was still winning cornhole.

By 1:30 we had successfully documented our encounters with the mythical beings and decided to return home. Not much had changed back at good ole’ I 3&4 and no one seemed nearly as excited about the success of our mission as I did. …cricket, cricket…

Anyway, at this point the tides had begun to turn and the Alumni didn’t want to wait for us to visit them and had instead ventured to our plot to reunite with friends of Foxfields passed. I had a chat with some cool people and since they’re alumni and therefore much wiser than I am I feel I should do as I’m told and tell Danielle that Dan says, “Hi!” and Miko (Mike O., Micho, …not really sure how to spell your name, sorry) really wants to make it known that Danielle sucks (with a big emphasis on the sucks part). Apparently, he knows a different Danielle than I do, because the one I know is pretty great.

It was starting to look like wrapping up would be a good course of action, so we stayed for a couple hours more.

In the end, all’s well that ends well and we arrived back on grounds with all our tents and friends and cornhole boards, so we can all rest assured that Kwan and Botlo will be back to rule again.

 

Regretfully, that brings me to my fourth F word: Finals. Here are a few study tips:

  1. Osmosis is good for balancing the water levels inside your cells, but not really that good at getting knowledge into your brain by sleeping on your textbooks.
  2. Know what you know really well, that way you’ll get all the points for those and probably sneak away with some of the points on the others. (Unless you’re in Leung’s class, in that case you’re probably screwed either way)
  3. 42
  4. Stop reading blogs on the internet.

 

Until next time, stay steezy friends, and kill your finals.

 

Spring & Sad Farewells

Well, it’s my last blog post. Over the past year I have brought you photos and details of events you probably attended or didn’t really need to read about. But you read them anyway! Thanks to everyone who came to me this year saying that they loved reading the blog, I really appreciate it. I think you’ll find my replacement just as informative and like 10 times funnier! So without further ado, here’s a recap of everything since regionals:

 

Nationals were held in Lake Placid, NY this year. Both the male & female snowboarders qualified so they + a few volunteers headed to Whiteface to compete. At the end of the week, the ladyboarders finished 3rd and the manboarders 4th (IN THE COUNTRY). Pretty good for a southern school with no snowboarding scholarships or coaches. During the week, they amused themselves by doing things like this (sorry if you can’t see that, I don’t know how to embed videos on here).

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While those guys were competing against the best snowboarders in the country, about 25 of us went on VASST’s annual spring break trip out west, this year to Aspen! We had some great conditions, including a powder day, and got to experience all the great things Colorado has to offer.

 

Overall the team survived spring break with only 4 concussions between the 2 trips, so I’d say it was pretty successful.

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Watching the UVA-Maryland game in the arrivals hall of Denver airport on our 4th laptop because the game went to overtime and there were no plugs nearby – Go Hoos.

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 After the break, we experienced a wild UVA basketball post-season #gohoos before elections. And just in case you gave up social media for Lent, here are the results of the next exec and subcommittee chairs:

 

President: Molloy Sheehan

Ski VP: Peter Gregrowski

Snowboard VP: Helena Groves

Treasurer: Emily Pierce

Secretary: Alex Botlo

Men’s Ski Captain: Nick Kwan

Women’s Ski Captain: Hallie Pence

Men’s Snowboard Captain: Ben Pickus

Women’s Snowboard Captain: Tania Awalegaonkar

 

Social Chairs: Michelle Janssen & Greg Swanson

Free Ski Chairs: Meg Williams & David Cabaniss

Blog: Emily Dooley

Social Media: Hannah Graham

Freestyle Chairs: Sam Rosser & Hunter Merrill

 

Woo! New people! I just wanna say a huge thank you to all of this past year’s exec & chairs for their hard work to make this one of the best years ever, especially former President Paul Moniuszko for putting everything into the team and rollerblading his way into all of our hearts.

 

Steezathon – - – it happened. Maybe. That is all.

 

Lastly, Fun Fridays have returned! Last week we got invited to do some field day games for March of Dimes, which Dooley will tell you all about in her first blog post. Come to Nameless on Friday at 3pm for the last one, and then to our last day of classes BBQ on Tuesday!

 

May you be as successful studying for finals as this hamster is at eating carrots.

Janssen, over and out.

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Regionals & Wintergreen Costume Race

So regionals was a strange, strange trip.

Only a few cars were able to make it out of Charlottesville before the big winter storm hit. The rest arrived at the house near Hunter, NY throughout the course of the night – some not getting there until 7am, having driven 13 hours through the night. After this already weird start, a lot of people stayed up and decided to go straight to our training day at Hunter. The snow hit us at around 6am and continued for 2 days, accumulating over 2 feet. Luckily this meant we got a powder day, and it was the best skiing we’ve had all year so far. It was also a good opportunity to practice racing in powder, which was very strange after a season in the southeast. In the evening we had our first dig-out of the week – Ben reversed his car into a snowbank outside our driveway and the back of his car went into a ditch. We tried a bunch of things to get him out but eventually a nice local teenager with a big truck + chain pulled him out.

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The next morning, we woke up to see that our cars were buried and we had run out toilet paper. Perfect combination! We figured we were probably going to miss the 9am race, but started digging anyway while we waited for a snowplow. When it eventually turned up an hour late, it blew its transmission and got stuck in the 100ft driveway. A second truck came to pull it out, but it got stuck too. As we watched this transpire I overheard someone say ‘this lives in the realm of absurdity’ and I felt that summed it up pretty well. 3 hours after we started digging, the driveway was finally cleared and we could get out to the mountain. Luckily the race was also pushed back 3 hours so we still made it on time.

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We made it out, having to go around the first plow that was still just sitting there

Anyway, after that odyssey it was time to do what we actually went through all that for – race! The skiers had GS and the boarders had slopestyle on the first day. For some reason no results exist on Live Timing, so let’s just say everyone won.

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The 3 women’s skiers who made it

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Turns out Nick Kwan has a lot of loyal female fans who also made the trek down to regionals, mostly because he's just so fun and different.

Turns out Nick Kwan has a lot of loyal female fans who also made the trek down to regionals, mostly because he’s just so fun and different.

 

The next day we had a slightly smoother start as it hadn’t snowed much overnight, so we all made it to the mountain for the normal 9am start. The skiers had slalom and the boarders had GS. Molloy Sheehan came second in women’s snowboard GS, as did Mike Schad for the manboarders. All the snowboarders qualified for nationals in Lake Placid, NY over spring break!

As most people went back to Charlottesville, the power car (Paul, Nick, Michelle, Molloy, and I) took a detour to stay at Molloy’s house in fabulous Long Island. We went out in Manhattan for the night and had an awesome time (except when no single taxi would take the 5 of us and Michelle kept giving strangers her phone).

 

Midweek VASST hosted a bar night at Boylan Heights. Nick Kwan wasn’t there so we had a lot of fun. They gave us drink specials and a specialized drinking game as we all watched the Olympics on a big screen, including Ted Ligety winning gold! We also got to see Syracuse lose to Boston College #gohoos #UVA5thInTheCountry, which was really entertaining.

 

The following weekend it was a lovely 60ºF as we headed to Wintergreen for a costume race because the conference points didn’t matter anymore. Only a few teams came but it just meant we got to go home quicker for the #gohoos basketball game!!! Everyone’s costumes were awesome and UVA definitely had the best ones. Catriona Macfie, Zach Harker, and Jenn Lonnquest all came first in GS, and in the team results the men’s skiers, men’s snowboarders, and women’s snowboarders all won too.

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Meg Williams

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The next day it was even warmer, which led me to believe I could race slalom in a t-shirt. I always fall in slalom, so I have no idea why I thought it would work, but I fell first run. It hurt. Don’t do it. Catriona won women’s slalom in her last ever race and UVA girls came first overall, as did men’s skiers.

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Peter Gregrowski

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The Dirty Southeast Conference!

In the final conference points standings, UVA finished in first place for men’s alpine, men’s snowboard GS, and women’s snowboard slopestyle, as did Mike Schad for GS, Molloy Sheehan for slopestyle, and Catriona Macfie for women’s alpine in the individual rankings. It was a great season for all our teams and we’re going to miss all the 4th years! Besides the boarders going to nationals, that was our last race of 2014 so from now on my blogs are going to be about random events that have nothing to do with wintersports again. Yay!

End of the Season

I am currently in a car with Dave and Peter on hour 3 of the 8 hour drive to Hunter, NY for regionals. They have decided that we will be listening to every single Legend of Zelda soundtrack, so this is me distracting myself from the odd desire to do an Irish jig and save mythical princesses.

(this was posted later once I got internet)

For this blog post, I am enlisting the help of local funnyman and freestyle chair Hunter Merrill to write about Red Bull Rivals.

10 of UVA’s finest snowboards (plus Hunter and Tim) headed up to Massanutten to compete in Red Bull Rivals, a slopestlye event pitting JMU, UVA, and Virginia Tech against each other. Nothing cooler than walking up to a ticket window, saying “I’m with Redbull” and have them hand you a pass.

The competition was intense; JMU had a giant inflatable bull dog and Tech had a girl skier. There were red bull girls, which if you haven’t seen them, resemble the hunchback of notre dame but more hot and with free red bull instead of a back. The riders put down trick after trick over two 15 minute jam sessions. The school who’s riders got scored the highest wins. Highlights include Mitchell Oliver gapping from an up rail 20 feet to the landing of a jump, Sam Rosser throwing 3s, and Will Artrip doing some crazy rail tricks.
UVA ended up coming in 3rd place, which isn’t the best out of three competitors. Our winnings included cases of Redbull and a slightly bruised pride.
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Wisp, according to Snowboard VP Molloy Sheehan:

We couldn’t find the 6th room…. but then we found it. I took the best nap of all naps. It was fun. We had a hot tub.

Us skiers, meanwhile, headed back to Mount Jackson, staying in a house this time. We had no service or wifi, much like Snowshoe, so we had a lot of serious bonding time as we played hours of Cards Against Humanity and air hockey. In the morning we had our first slalom race, but due to Boys’ Bid Day we didn’t have a lot of people so the results weren’t too great.

After the race we decided the best course of action was to drive 20 minutes to the Super 8 Denny’s, despite the fact we weren’t staying at the Super 8, and enjoyed our post-race slams before driving all the way back to our house on the mountain. Later that night an old VASST tradition finally returned – drink & dash. We set up a slalom course in the driveway using chairs, even including a hairpin, and I timed people as they completed the course. Here are the final results (Combined time from 2 runs, in seconds)

  1. Paul                   57
  2. James               59
  3. Frankie              62
  4. Anna                 63
  5. Alan                  64
  6. Allison               65
  7. Old Gregg         66
  8. Hannah             67
  9. Kwan                71
  10. Pierce               75

11. Hallie *             72 (first run time)

*Hallie was not allowed to do a second run due to her less-than-excellent form.

After this wonderful team bonding activity, we drove to the Virginia Tech house about 10 minutes away for the first conference party we had been to all season. It was surprisingly not-weird and I think everyone had a great time meeting racers from other schools. Frankie even joined in a grinding line in what is apparently now an annual tradition! Safe to say it was more fun than Boys’ Bid Night.

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The view from the Edelweiss House
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We can set a slalom course almost as well as the Southeast Conference

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All the race orders were stacked as we headed to Snowshoe for the best race of the season. We were sharing the lodge with Duke and App State so we got to hang out with them (although it did take a pretty weird turn when we were all in an unfinished nursery playing around in the cots). We watched the opening ceremony of the Olympics while tuning before heading to bed in preparation for an actual full day’s skiing. Mike Schad, the manboarders, and Catriona Macfie won GS, as did men’s skiers and women’s both GS & slalom! It was a great way to end the season and we even got to free-ski around Snowshoe after the races.

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I hear a speedsuit & shinguards make you soooo much faster in slopestyle

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In the end, UVA finishes the season in first place in men’s skiing, men’s snowboard GS, and women’s snowboard freestyle! In the individual rankings, Mike Schad finished 1st in the conference in men’s snowboard GS & Molloy Sheehan in women’s snowboard freestyle. Today we are at Mid-Atlantic Regionals in Hunter, NY, while the non-racers are enjoying the bountiful Charlottesville snow. Hopefully the next blog will feature some Rotunda jump photos! Today I leave you with some sleepy Hoos.

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End of the Season

I am currently in a car with Dave and Peter on hour 3 of the 8 hour drive to Hunter, NY for regionals. They have decided that we will be listening to every single Legend of Zelda soundtrack, so this is me distracting myself from the odd desire to do an Irish jig and save mythical princesses.

(this was posted later once I got internet)

 

For this blog post, I am enlisting the help of local funnyman and freestyle chair Hunter Merrill to write about Red Bull Rivals. 

10 of UVA’s finest snowboards (plus Hunter and Tim) headed up to Massanutten to compete in Red Bull Rivals, a slopestlye event pitting JMU, UVA, and Virginia Tech against each other. Nothing cooler than walking up to a ticket window, saying “I’m with Redbull” and have them hand you a pass. 

 
The competition was intense; JMU had a giant inflatable bull dog and Tech had a girl skier. There were red bull girls, which if you haven’t seen them, resemble the hunchback of notre dame but more hot and with free red bull instead of a back. The riders put down trick after trick over two 15 minute jam sessions. The school who’s riders got scored the highest wins. Highlights include Mitchell Oliver gapping from an up rail 20 feet to the landing of a jump, Sam Rosser throwing 3s, and Will Artrip doing some crazy rail tricks. 
 
UVA ended up coming in 3rd place, which isn’t the best out of three competitors. Our winnings included cases of Redbull and a slightly bruised pride. 
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Wisp, according to Snowboard VP Molloy Sheehan:

We couldn’t find the 6th room…. but then we found it. I took the best nap of all naps. It was fun. We had a hot tub.

 

Us skiers, meanwhile, headed back to Mount Jackson, staying in a house this time. We had no service or wifi, much like Snowshoe, so we had a lot of serious bonding time as we played hours of Cards Against Humanity and air hockey. In the morning we had our first slalom race, but due to Boys’ Bid Day we didn’t have a lot of people so the results weren’t too great.

After the race we decided the best course of action was to drive 20 minutes to the Super 8 Denny’s, despite the fact we weren’t staying at the Super 8, and enjoyed our post-race slams before driving all the way back to our house on the mountain. Later that night an old VASST tradition finally returned – drink & dash. We set up a slalom course in the driveway using chairs, even including a hairpin, and I timed people as they completed the course. Here are the final results (Combined time from 2 runs, in seconds) 

  1. Paul                   57
  2. James               59
  3. Frankie              62
  4. Anna                 63
  5. Alan                  64
  6. Allison               65
  7. Old Gregg         66
  8. Hannah             67
  9. Kwan                71
  10. Pierce               75

11. Hallie *             72 (first run time)

*Hallie was not allowed to do a second run due to her less-than-excellent form.

After this wonderful team bonding activity, we drove to the Virginia Tech house about 10 minutes away for the first conference party we had been to all season. It was surprisingly not-weird and I think everyone had a great time meeting racers from other schools. Frankie even joined in a grinding line in what is apparently now an annual tradition! Safe to say it was more fun than Boys’ Bid Night. 

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The view from the Edelweiss House
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We can set a slalom course almost as well as the Southeast Conference

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Classic

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All the race orders were stacked as we headed to Snowshoe for the best race of the season. We were sharing the lodge with Duke and App State so we got to hang out with them (although it did take a pretty weird turn when we were all in an unfinished nursery playing around in the cots). We watched the opening ceremony of the Olympics while tuning before heading to bed in preparation for an actual full day’s skiing. Mike Schad, the manboarders, and Catriona Macfie won GS, as did men’s skiers and women’s both GS & slalom! It was a great way to end the season and we even got to free-ski around Snowshoe after the races.

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I hear a speedsuit & shinguards make you soooo much faster in slopestyle

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In the end, UVA finishes the season in first place in men’s skiing, men’s snowboard GS, and women’s snowboard freestyle! In the individual rankings, Mike Schad finished 1st in the conference in men’s snowboard GS & Molloy Sheehan in women’s snowboard freestyle. Today we are at Mid-Atlantic Regionals in Hunter, NY, while the non-racers are enjoying the bountiful Charlottesville snow. Hopefully the next blog will feature some Rotunda jump photos! Today I leave you with some sleepy Hoos.

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End of the Season

I am currently in a car with Dave and Peter on hour 3 of the 8 hour drive to Hunter, NY for regionals. They have decided that we will be listening to every single Legend of Zelda soundtrack, so this is me distracting myself from the odd desire to do an Irish jig and save mythical princesses.

(this was posted later once I got internet)

 

For this blog post, I am enlisting the help of local funnyman and freestyle chair Hunter Merrill to write about Red Bull Rivals. 

10 of UVA’s finest snowboards (plus Hunter and Tim) headed up to Massanutten to compete in Red Bull Rivals, a slopestlye event pitting JMU, UVA, and Virginia Tech against each other. Nothing cooler than walking up to a ticket window, saying “I’m with Redbull” and have them hand you a pass. 

 
The competition was intense; JMU had a giant inflatable bull dog and Tech had a girl skier. There were red bull girls, which if you haven’t seen them, resemble the hunchback of notre dame but more hot and with free red bull instead of a back. The riders put down trick after trick over two 15 minute jam sessions. The school who’s riders got scored the highest wins. Highlights include Mitchell Oliver gapping from an up rail 20 feet to the landing of a jump, Sam Rosser throwing 3s, and Will Artrip doing some crazy rail tricks. 
 
UVA ended up coming in 3rd place, which isn’t the best out of three competitors. Our winnings included cases of Redbull and a slightly bruised pride. 
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Wisp, according to Snowboard VP Molloy Sheehan:

We couldn’t find the 6th room…. but then we found it. I took the best nap of all naps. It was fun. We had a hot tub.

 

Us skiers, meanwhile, headed back to Mount Jackson, staying in a house this time. We had no service or wifi, much like Snowshoe, so we had a lot of serious bonding time as we played hours of Cards Against Humanity and air hockey. In the morning we had our first slalom race, but due to Boys’ Bid Day we didn’t have a lot of people so the results weren’t too great.

After the race we decided the best course of action was to drive 20 minutes to the Super 8 Denny’s, despite the fact we weren’t staying at the Super 8, and enjoyed our post-race slams before driving all the way back to our house on the mountain. Later that night an old VASST tradition finally returned – drink & dash. We set up a slalom course in the driveway using chairs, even including a hairpin, and I timed people as they completed the course. Here are the final results (Combined time from 2 runs, in seconds) 

  1. Paul                   57
  2. James               59
  3. Frankie              62
  4. Anna                 63
  5. Alan                  64
  6. Allison               65
  7. Old Gregg         66
  8. Hannah             67
  9. Kwan                71
  10. Pierce               75

11. Hallie *             72 (first run time)

*Hallie was not allowed to do a second run due to her less-than-excellent form.

After this wonderful team bonding activity, we drove to the Virginia Tech house about 10 minutes away for the first conference party we had been to all season. It was surprisingly not-weird and I think everyone had a great time meeting racers from other schools. Frankie even joined in a grinding line in what is apparently now an annual tradition! Safe to say it was more fun than Boys’ Bid Night. 

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The view from the Edelweiss House
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We can set a slalom course almost as well as the Southeast Conference

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Classic

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All the race orders were stacked as we headed to Snowshoe for the best race of the season. We were sharing the lodge with Duke and App State so we got to hang out with them (although it did take a pretty weird turn when we were all in an unfinished nursery playing around in the cots). We watched the opening ceremony of the Olympics while tuning before heading to bed in preparation for an actual full day’s skiing. Mike Schad, the manboarders, and Catriona Macfie won GS, as did men’s skiers and women’s both GS & slalom! It was a great way to end the season and we even got to free-ski around Snowshoe after the races.

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I hear a speedsuit & shinguards make you soooo much faster in slopestyle

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In the end, UVA finishes the season in first place in men’s skiing, men’s snowboard GS, and women’s snowboard freestyle! In the individual rankings, Mike Schad finished 1st in the conference in men’s snowboard GS & Molloy Sheehan in women’s snowboard freestyle. Today we are at Mid-Atlantic Regionals in Hunter, NY, while the non-racers are enjoying the bountiful Charlottesville snow. Hopefully the next blog will feature some Rotunda jump photos! Today I leave you with some sleepy Hoos.

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Sugar and Bryce GS

The weekend before last we saddled up the SUVs following a dominating UVA basketball win over FSU and made the 5 hour journey to Boone, NC. Sugar doesn’t do a slopestyle event, so the snowboarders get to drive 10 hours to do 2 GS runs! But it’s all worth it because you’re driving 10 hours to do 2 GS runs with friends. It was great to be at a real Cookout that doesn’t have a silly sit-down restaurant attached, and the skiers got settled on the Friday night to hang out and tune our skis. We woke up Saturday morning to see it was already snowing, and drove the 20 minutes to Sugar Mountain Resort (featuring the Inception hotel – BOONGGGGGGGG) to do some slalom. Despite the fresh snow the course got pretty icy and I cost my obvious first place finish by crashing into a gate and disqualifying. Having lost our best skier in this tragedy, UVA women only came second, but the men’s team won their race. After some tasty BBQ we headed back to the luxurious Green(e?)’s Motel for some extreme napping while we waited for the boarders to join us. On the way back President Paul raged so hard to ‘Clarity’ while driving that he knocked his garage door opener off the ceiling of his car. (Also, I recommend hearing him perform either ’99 Problems’ or an Amy Winehouse song. You can’t un-hear it.) We spent the evening hanging out in our rooms, until around 9:30pm when it became clear that the only logical course of action was to visit New China Buffet. Several cheese mussels and chicken pies later we decided Boone’s Chinese buffet game was strong, but not as good as the traditional cuisine of Norway, Maine. The following morning skiers and boarders did GS on separate courses in the beautiful sunshine. Catriona Macfie won the girls’ ski race, Mike Schad won men’s snowboarding, Snowboard VP Molloy Sheehan won for the girls, and UVA lady & manboarders won overall. After the races were over we drove back to Cville in time for another basketball win vs UNC, so overall it was a busy but fun weekend.

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Men’s Ski Captain Dave Boehm exudes confidence whist running the course

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Caitlin is cool

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Last weekend we headed somewhere a little closer to us, namely Bryce Resort near scenic Mt. Jackson, VA for 2 days of GS plus the alumni race. I think people averaged approximately 2.8 Denny’s meals per day, and it was exciting to see old favorites Tall, J-Sauuuce, Eric (not that he ever left), and Sara again, even if we did mildly trash their hotel room. We also had Ski Haus residents Matt Lycas & Jake Matheson, and President Paul’s girlfriend Courtney come down for the weekend to watch. Snow conditions were a little icy both days, but by southeast standards it was pretty good. Catriona Macfie won girls’ skiing on day 1, Mike Schad won day 1 & 2 for men’s snowboarding, manboarders won day 2, & Keo Brown and the men’s skiers won day 2.

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Jake wasn't quite prepared for the cold

Jake wasn’t quite prepared for the cold

Men's Ski Captain Dave Boehm getting double slammed at 2am

Men’s Ski Captain Dave Boehm getting double slammed at 2am

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This weekend, the disciplines deviate and skiers will be back in Bryce for 2 days of slalom, while the boarders head to Wisp, MD to do snowboarding things (GS, slopestyle, boardercross?). Also, some people will be competing in the Red Bull Rivals competition at Massanutten against JMU & Tech. If you’re not racing this weekend and want to cheer on your fellow Hoos, go watch! Ski Haus resident and TKE President Tim Barry says it’ll be great because he’s going to win.

Sunday River & Massanutten

Ah, ski season. That wonderful time of year when live-timing.com creeps back into my Top Sites and I treasure every meal that contains vegetables. As I write this, a parade of girls wearing matching Barbour jackets & Frye boots are walking by my window. I am reminded that we must think of those less fortunate this season, for soon they will be subjected to many awkward conversations before exiting in alphabetical order from *insert whichever sorority you think <3s Homecomings the most*. Luckily, this is VASST’s favorite time of year! We get to spend up to 4 days a week skiing and hanging out with friends, which are Nick Kwan’s two favorite things. Practice has already started, so get to the SAB by 3pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays to shred that crazy Wintergreen pow!

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He really needs those friends

 

I don’t even know how to begin talking about Sunday River. This year we had 2 hot tubs but still managed to break them within the first few days. A polar vortex hit the east coast & we had to miss a day of skiing, which resulted in us playing games all day (I’ve pretty much memorized every Cards Against Humanity card by this point – Bees?). One such game was Mao, which polarized the group and left my ego shattered following the ‘insult Michelle every time you put down a 3′ rule. Rumor has it that Stout twerked Tania off her stool during a 3-hour game of True American and that she has quite the bruise to prove it. The dance parties were on point this year (don’t drop that thun thun thun – JUST DON’T). Many people hung from the rafters, some fell off, but luckily we had no serious injuries this year. At our now-annual Red Bull Party we had 10 Red Bull girls plus all our instructors, some of whom maybe stayed too long #tuckedup? In general the snow conditions were pretty miserable, but then we came back to Virginia and realized how good we really had it in good ol’ Bethel.

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Onesie party
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Did they leave the mantle at all during the week?
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Ethan & Mac: still a better love story than Twilight
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Look we did some skiing too
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Ski A & B group
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Snowboard A & B group

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VASST & Red Bull girls: also a better love story than Twilight

The morning after driving back down from Maine, many VASSTers were eagerly awaiting an email from Paul telling us the race at Massanutten that weekend was canceled due to the pouring rain, but unfortunately it never came and we went straight into the racing season. Snowboarders got the worst of the rain during their slopestyle competition, but luckily it had stopped by the time skiers started their slalom race. The ‘Mud on the Slopes? No Problem!’ shirts were very apt at Massanutten, where you couldn’t see the snow from the chairlift, so it was an abrupt welcome back to the Southeast Conference. The UVA team had to gate-keep this race, which is pretty much the worst thing ever because you have to sit around until the very end of the race checking off people who miss gates. By the time the race was over it was dark, which turned out not to be Hallie’s ally, and we were all starving. The Pences kindly let us stay in their awesome house 15 minutes away from the mountain, and served us a delicious BBQ meal. After about 3 plates each, we headed to the basement to play Mario Kart & do some tuning for GS the next morning. Afterwards, we got a few hours sleep (Tim Barry is a sheet hog) before getting up to do it all again on Sunday. Skiers loved the GS course because it was straight and fast, but the snowboarders had a tough time with it and we watched a lot of people fall down the headwall. Despite the conditions, UVA are currently top of the conference in Men’s & Women’s Skiing and Men’s Snowboard GS! We have a race at Sugar in ‘beautiful’ Boone, NC this weekend, so we will try to keep our top positions. Go Hoos!

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The conference shirts are super steezy AND UVA colored!
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The reality of Virginia skiing
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Women’s skiers (the only ones who take group pictures)
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Catriona’s the Auburn of the skiing world: best in the SEC

 

 

Happy Festivus!

I’m currently in Belgium for Christmas (I don’t really know why either) and have been spending my days watching skiing/snowboarding on tv. Naturally, this has made me even more excited for Sunday River and the upcoming racing season (TWENTY DAYS UNTIL MASSANUTTEN!), and I’m so jealous of everyone who’s been skiing already.

 

At Freestyle’s annual Ski Swap, free-ski chair Emily Pierce bought the entire store and is planning on sharing a pair of racing skis with first year Meg Williams. Yes, we’ll see how that goes…

But naturally people got some awesome deals as a reward for waking up early, so I hope everyone is enjoying their new gear out on the slopezzz!

 

Girlboarders were taped together. Skiers played 30-minute games of slap cup. Yep, it’s the captain party! This year we were just split by discipline. Boarders were at the Dong Nest and skiers at Paul’s (who has hosted more parties this semester than the lacrosse team) before we came together at 404. Many phones were stolen and the rumored rumor-starting committee were out in full force to ensure the people whose phones were taken had to run around their own house all night reaching into various pockets in desperate attempts to get them back……….. yeah, it was just me. Thanks Will Ripley.

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WHY WON’T THIS GAME END

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We thought something might be up when we delivered several rolls of duct tape to Jenn’s house

We had our annual hot tub night, which I could not attend because of severe sleep deprivation (yaayyyy 9ams everyday!) But I hear that people watched Out Cold, which ‘Mr_Sensitive’ from Thailand, Bangkok called a ‘Fun Movie To Watch Actually’ and rated 7/10 on IMDB. So I’m sure they had a great time! It’s a perfect opportunity to show off that bikini body before Sunday River.

 

Paul hosted yet another pregame for bowling! I have yet to get over the shock. We all piled into cars and played the 29 game as we made our way towards Kegler’s Lanes for a few hours of fun. The alley people misunderstood some people’s names so we (or maybe just me) were very entertained by constantly seeing Philip Staut, Mollay Sheehan, Amy Armentrat, Emilu Pierce, etc coming up on the screens. I was proud of being best of the girls on my lane, and overall it was fun to get out and do something different with the team before Thanksgiving Break.

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We have yet to find something first year Tim Chastanet isn’t good at

Annoyingly, there was only one week of class between Thanksgiving and finals, so for a lot of people (myself included) that week was craaazzyyy in terms of schoolwork. I had to miss Lighting of the Lawn (#LOTL y’all!!!!), which I’m still sad about, but it made the VASST Christmas Party that much more fun. The rain didn’t hold us back as we had our holiday photo (thanks random dude who was on his way to a formal) and enjoyed some of Eric Lin’s festive drinks.Image

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Playing ninjas in the rain, for some reason

With the season almost upon us, that was probably our last big party for a while. So come racing, where every night is a party! You get to have a cultural experience meeting racers from other schools in the Durty Souff because, despite what anyone tries to tell you, the stereotypes are TRUE (see Frankie’s face when some JMU girls tried to dance with him).

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SUNDAY RIVER SUNDAY RIVER SUNDAY RIVER! It’s my favorite week of the year and I’m so glad my study abroad trip was canceled so I can go again. Every couple of days I go through everyone’s old SR albums reliving all the awesome memories. Looking at the people who are going, I honestly think this is going to be the best one yet. The only question is, will whiskey slaps ever return???

Look out for my countdown! The official Sunday River account has been all over it on Instagram.

Have a wonderful winter break, whether you’re shredding or just hanging out with family. See you in 2 WEEKS! May 320 never almost-burn-down again.

 

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IT’S COLD OUT! Quick, put on your new VASST Patagonia so people around grounds know you’re cool!

Here’s a little rundown of what we’ve been doing in the past month.

TGR Movie

There’s nothing like watching a dozen incredible skiers (some of whom are younger than you) shred down some of the steepest slopes on Earth to make you feel inadequate! For some reason, we do this every year. This year’s movie screening saw the TGR team go to various places around the world, build their own camps on the mountains, and hike 12 hours to the top of a peak only to ski back down in less than 5 minutes. The raffle was clearly rigged because I didn’t win anything AGAIN, but I’ll let it slide because second-year girlboarder Kelsey Galantich gave me the ski straps she won. Afterwards, we had an awesome party, where we celebrated the fact that we could never ever ever in a million years do the stuff those guys in the movie did.

Homecomings – which sorority loves it THE MOST?

The TV schedulers made a perfectly fair judgment to set a football game between two mediocre ACC schools at 12:30pm, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t annoyed that I had to get up at 8am on a Saturday to tailgate. The weather was beautiful though, and it was really fun to see the former VASST greats again and laugh at their real-world jobs (but be jealous of their real-world salaries). We watched Frankie almost die several times on the halfpipe & Paul fly around on his rollerblades like he was born in them.

The game was, uh, pretty standard for UVA these days so that was really a minor part of the weekend. Later on we congregated back at 320 to hang out and watch the guys skateboard. A bunch of us went through Brown College’s Haunted House - it’s really not that scary if you look down at the ground the whole time!

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Skateboarding at night? No problem.

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I think the winner is pretty clear…

Halloween

VASST’s Halloween Progressive is always one of the highlights of the year, and this weekend was no exception. At least 100 skiers & boarders went through 3 houses in 3 hours, sampling the drinks and generally laughing at each other’s costumes. My personal favorite was Old Gregg, but I have to give a shoutout to President Paul, whose ‘Saucer Boy‘ costume was that perfect Halloween combination of funny, slutty, and downright impressive.

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#partywith404

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It’s time for our new segment: Keeping up with Social Chair Alex Botlo! When she’s not unclogging toilets or complaining about not being mentioned in blog posts, she likes to go out to dinner with friends & work on papers in Clemons Library. Today Alex ate a banana for breakfast and looked nice for her penultimate day at her internship with an unnamed gubernatorial candidate. She hopes everyone on VASST gets out and votes tomorrow! Alex says, ‘I like voting because it means I’m allowed to complain when things don’t go my way’. Stay tuned for the next installment!

With the semester over halfway done and people starting to realize they actually need to study if they’re going to pass that class that’s required for their major, you might think that VASST isn’t going to be doing fun things anymore. You would be wrong! Some events we still have coming up: ski swap at Freestyle, captain party, hot tub night, bowling, and a Christmas party. We will always be there if you need a quick 5-hour study break. Good luck with tests and any romantic interests you may be pursuing now that it’s getting colder and you need that cuddle buddy to keep you warm. Just remember that the Lawn doesn’t exist in the fall unless you Instagram it!

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