Held over four days the event is considered to be the only one of its kind with its open approach, and race camp package. The championships is run as a fully inclusive package, and starts with two days of training with French coaches allowing all competitors to find their rhythm and learn the basics before competing against each other in Slalom, Giant Slalom and Parallel Slalom. The event finishes with a prize giving ceremony and there are various night-time activities organised throughout the week to keep all participants busy and entertained.
“We are delighted to have over 100 competitors from eight schools this year. The event has continued to gather momentum each year, and is popular as whilst it is a competitive race, we are open to novice racers and the two days of training prior to the event are a great opportunity for the less experienced racers to learn the basics, and have the chance to put them to practise during the races themselves” said Event Director, Linley Lewis.
Hurstpierpoint return as defending champions, and will face competition from Lancing College, Whitgift School, Canford School, Bradfield College, Kings College Wimbledon, Packwood Preparatory School and Wycombe Abbey Girls School.
The event is run by Basecamp Ski and Snowboard, and supported by a handful of sponsors including Rubix Kangaroo, Player Layers, Whitestorm Ski Rental and Remote Clothing.
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The event is run in Les Deux Alpes, France. A resort scaling up to 3600m with the option to race at 3 stades (conditions depending.)
Dates for 2013 are Friday 13th December – Wednesday 18th 2013.
The event has been running since 2006.
The event is a great opportunity for some early season racing for any keen racers, and also a great introduction to racing for anyone looking to give it a go, or get into the sport. Some schools see it as a training camp, some more of a ski holiday.
The Championships run for 5 nights and 4 days, to include two days of ski race training, with two days of competition. The event closes with a gala supper and prize giving.
The 2012 event had teams from Wycombe Abbey, St. Swithuns, Ardingly College, Hurstpierpoint, and Kings College Wimbledon.
Boys, Girls and Juniors – Giant Slalom, Slalom – Team and individual prizes
Boys and Girls – Parallel Team Slalom
The event is managed by Basecamp, an independent ski company who provide all pre-departure support, relevant risk assessments and both male and female staff over the event to ensure it is an enjoyable trip for the school teachers and pupils.
The race days are managed by a British Technical Delegate and a French team of experienced race staff.
Full Package – £885pp (flights, transfers, training, full board accommodation, ski passes, race fees.)
Available on request – Tailored prices around specific requirements (e.g. race fees only, or no training etc.)
Staff places are complimentary on an 8:1 ratio
For more information on how to enter teams for 2013 contact:
“I would strongly recommend the Championships to schools want an experience of Racing in a friendly but competitive environment.”
Sue Duke – Wycombe Abbey School
“We’ve been coming for over 5 years now, we use it as an early season ski trip, but do have a few strong skiers and it is a great opportunity for them to compete”
Richard Crook – Ardingly College