What does BUST do?
BUST IS ALL LEVELS. We have members that have never ridden before to people who are competing at nationals. If you’re a beginner, we(officers and other team members) that will help you get out on that mountain! You do not have to compete to be on the team.
During the season, we go to one of the mountains on our season pass each Sunday. We leave campus early and take a PeterPan type bus up to the mountain (pretty comfy) or van supplied by Bu. Once we get to the mountain, you can ride with us and we usually meet up for lunch, but basically you do whatever you want until the bus leaves! Very laid back chill day and safe.
Competitions and Nationals
This year we will be competing through the organization USASA in their Massachusetts series. When you pay your dues, up to 3 competitions are included for no extra cost (transportation and lift tickets). Competitions usually start in early January and usually pop up at least once a week. You can choose between competing in slopestyle, boardercross, halfpipe, rail jams, or slalom racing.
If you do well enough at competitions, which all of those of you who end up competing likely will, you will qualify for Nationals in April and possibly get a free trip to Colorado to compete. We will be sending as many people as we can afford and will be choosing priority based on national rankings from USASA. We will announce during meetings and by email what competitions are coming up so you can sign up at the meetings.
We have dry land practices usually on Mondays, before we go start to the mountain later in the year. During Dryland is good time time get to know the team and strength your muscles and skills for the mountain.
We also bring smaller boards and equipment to practice tricks and balance for the park or just for fun!
BUST also loves our community and giving back so we volunteer with an organization called Chill.
Basically, for 6 weeks during the winter you go up one day per week (last year you could choose either Tuesday or Wednesday. We usually leave BU around 3:30pm and when we come back depends on what people want to do that day.
The mountain gives us a pass and while you’re volunteering you ride with the kids and are a mentor to them. You’re there to be an example for them, to cheer them on, and give them some little pointers.
Once Chill is done, the group volunteering decides if they want to ride a little more or head back to BU.
BU Club Sports provides us with vans so we have transportation to the mountain.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN COMPETING OR CHILL AND ARE NOT A FRESHMAN YOU NEED TO BE VAN CERTIFIED.
We also do some other longer trips throughout the year. We’ll talk about them more at the meetings! Because these are limited only people who are active members of the team can participate.
If you are new to riding or just need new gear we highly recommend getting your gear at the Ski and Snowboard Expo in Boston in November. It costs 15$ to get in, and they have super duper discounted gear and it’s super worth it. There’s usually some sweet swag. Dates and link for tickets will be emailed.
Usually we hold a couple waxing events to get our boards ready for another fantastic season.
Ski and Snowboard Expo
November 12th- 15th at the Seaport World Trade Center. We usually go as a team towards the beginning of the season.
Hope to see you at the next meeting!