Deep in the French Alps, at the remote resort of Val Thorens a fierce battle rages. Whilst eyes will inevitably be focussed on the ‘Battle of the Blues’ at Twickenham, here the highest of all the Varsity matches is about to take place.

Whilst students have been cruising the slopes by day and partying it hard by night, a select group of athletes have been training hard day in day out, obeying drinking bans and going to bed early all in the name of ‘Shoe-ing the Tabs’.

Competing in both Giant Slalom and Slalom disciplines, with the final race taking place under floodlights, the Oxford 1st Teams will have to display precision, courage and sheer speed in order to avenge last year’s loss.

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