Last weekend 18 teams took part in the Alpine Challenge, an annual ski and snowboard endurance race in Morzine for the UK youth charity Snow-Camp. Conditions in Morzine were close to perfect for the event and teams made the most of the blue skiers and perfect snow as they raced around the Portes du Soleil to reach 15 checkpoints and racking up the GPS tracked kms.
Snow-Camp Director, Dan Charlish, said, ‘The event went even better than we had hoped. Teams loved the new orienteering format which put them in charge of their route and strategy – and the improved tracking facility kept everyone in touch with how they were doing and how far they had ridden. As ever, the mountain night hike added an extra level of endurance and is certainly a challenge after a big day of riding – but the experience of sledging home in the dark with 80 participants provided a suitable reward!’
In the end the DHO Warriors were crowned Alpine Challenge Champions for 2013, achieving a fantastic combined score of 251km (ski and hike) and hitting all 15 checkpoints over the 2 days. The Snow-Camp Super Vols were second and Team Eclectic third.
Over 80 people took part representing companies such as RBS, Norton Rose, PWC, Barclays Wealth, Miller Insurance, Welbeck and London Bridge Capital, as well as snowsport industry teams including SCUK and the World Snowboard Guide. Combined fundraising across all teams has now passed £50,000, which will support Snow-Camp’s work with young people.
Sponsors Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports were proud to have supported the event once again and have been supporters of Snow-Camp for many years. They were joined by Morzine Tourist Board, Basecamp Group and White Blancmange Luxury Travel as key event sponsors.
The Alpine Challenge 2014 will be launched soon! To enter your team contact Snow-Camp.