Snow piste off! Ski trip sells out in record time

Hundreds to miss out on ski trip as well over a thousand students try to nab a spot


Swathes of snowsports-loving students have been left out in the cold after UBSC’s annual spring trip sold out in a record-smashing time of just under three hours.

Places on the trip to Val Thorens had originally gone on sale on Saturday morning at 9am, but UBSC were forced to postpone after the Outgoing website crashed due to technical difficulties with the servers.

Over 800 tickets went on sale again yesterday at 7pm, and had completely sold out before 10pm, in “record time”.

Photo: UBSC

Mere minutes after 7pm, a staggering 1100 people were on the site, with some complaining that the stress of the struggle to get through to book was “worse than Glastonbury.”

Many students had only joined the society, which requires members to shell out £20, in order to go on the sellout trip to Val Thorens.

There was frustration and confusion as the site appeared to take desperate students back to the homepage as soon as they had filled in their details, with exasperated student Dominic Dickinson commenting, “Sort this F*cking Sh*t out!”

Some students inadvertently signed up multiple times, while others booked accommodation above their price range in desperation. Others were unsure as to whether they’d bagged a spot at all.

Tom Wigg, President of UBSC told The Tab, “After selling 700 beds in 3 hours last year, we aimed to go bigger than ever this time. We were worried that having to move the trip to Easter would put people off, but this obviously wasn’t the case!

“At 7pm yesterday we had over 1100 people waiting on the site and sold out in a couple of hours, with over 200 people already on the waiting list. We’re currently in the process of securing more beds in Val Thorens and should have news on this in the next couple of days.

“We’re going to make sure that such a huge response doesn’t go unrewarded, so we’re currently negotiating better acts and bigger events to cement VT 2014 as the best trip UBSC has ever run!”