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AJ Bell Courmayeur Classic

30th-2nd January/February 2020 Courmayeur, Italy

Enter your team in our brand new snowsports fundraising challenge! Could you take on ski orienteering, laser biathlon, parallel slalom racing, a team distance challenge and a snow-shoe relay over two action packed days to raise money for Snow-Camp?

The first ever ‘AJ Bell Courmayeur Classic in association with the City Ski Championships’ will take place from the 30th January to the 2nd February 2020!

After 10 fantastic years delivering our annual Alpine Challenge event in Morzine, it was time for a change and new challenge. With the brand new AJ Bell Courmayeur Classic event we have retained the fun, the camaraderie, the healthy competition and the fantastic atmosphere of the Alpine Challenge, but with a completely new challenge in a new location which could inspire teams to get involved and help raise funds for Snow-Camp’s ongoing work with young people.

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AJ Bell Courmayeur Classic Poster

Costs 

The registration fee is £500 per person for your participation in the AJ Bell Courmayeur Classic. Your registration fee covers your costs for all activities (see full details below) which means that every penny you raise will go directly towards Snow-Camp’s work with young people. The fundraising target for Snow-Camp is £1,000 per person. Our partners at Momentum Ski have some great accommodation, flight and transfer offers available – if you would like to book though them please find full details below.

What’s included in the registration fee?

The £500 per person event registration fee covers all your costs to take part in the event itself. These include:

  • Ski Orienteering
  • Laser Biathlon (no experience required)
  • Snow Shoe Relay (no experience required)
  • Parallel Slalom Racing (no experience required)
  • Team Distance Challenge
  • 2-day Courmayeur lift pass
  • Team bibs
  • GPS tracking
  • Medals for all participants
  • Thursday 3-course dinners at Pierre Alexis including 1/3 bottle of wine
  • Friday Buffet dinner, apericena, wine and beer at the Grand Hotel Royal & Golf with the City Ski Championships on the Friday evening
  • Saturday 3-course dinners at Pierre Alexis including 1/3 bottle of wine
  • Packed lunch on Friday and hot buffet lunch on Saturday

Travel and accommodation 

Momentum Ski will be able to assist you with all your travel and accommodation, they have many years’ experience working in Courmayeur and can offer a range of different accommodation options. They can also offer flights from airports across the UK. Once you have registered your team, we will link you up with the guys at Momentum Ski to help arrange travel. You can of course organise your own travel and accommodation if you prefer, but Jess and the Momentum team know their stuff and can get some great discounts so it’s at least worth getting a quote! Please find an overview of travel and accommodation options here.

Fundraising

With fundraising at the core of the event we ask all participants to aim to reach their fundraising target of £1,000 per person for Snow-Camp. This can of course also be paid upfront if people prefer. The event is the charities biggest annual fundraiser and we rely on funds raised to run our programmes supporting young people nationwide. By taking part in the AJ Bell Courmayeur Classic you will help support youth charity Snow-Camp’s growing work with inner city young people – providing them with opportunities to participate in our snowsports based youth training and vocational programmes and making a massive difference to their lives and future choices.

Thank you for your support!

What level of experience do I need?

The main focus of the AJ Bell Courmayeur Classic is on having a fun weekend in the mountains with lots of new experiences for all participants and raising funds for Snow-Camp! We recommend that you are confident skiing on red pistes or above, but don’t worry if you have never done laser biathlon, ski racing, ski orienteering or a snow shoe hike before – we have fully trained staff based at each activity who will provide you with instructions and training to complete the activities.

How do I get involved? 

The team size for the AJ Bell Courmayeur Classic is 4 team members per team (larger teams may be possible, please contact us to discuss), so get three friends or colleagues together who are up for the Challenge, choose your team name and then register via the simple form here. If you have any questions do get in touch with julia@snow-camp.org.uk. We will then set up a team fundraising page for you and link you up with our friends at Momentum Ski who can assist you with flights, transfers and accommodation if needed.

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Event Info

Teams arrive in resort throughout Thursday (or earlier if you want some skiing time before the Challenge) so that everyone can attend the evening briefing and dinner at the gorgeous Pierre Alexis Restaurant, which we take over for the evening. A warm welcome, an introduction to Snow-Camp and an event briefing for all participants after dinner will ensure everyone is ready for the Challenge ahead!

Day one kicks off early with the ski orienteering challenge, involving teams carefully planning their route to reach multiple checkpoints set at the furthest reaches of the resort. GPS trackers monitor progress and points are awarded for each checkpoint collected in the time allowed.

During day one, teams must also factor in a visit to the Laser Biathlon course set at Zerotta at the foot of the Val Veny blue run in Courmayeur.  A flat race circuit and a set of targets will be set out by qualified local biathlon instructors, with each team competing for the fastest lap time combined with greatest accuracy in the shooting element. Olympic standard laser guided sports rifles will be given to each team member for their challenge. Individual times and scores will be added up to give the total team score for this challenge.

Also, during Day One your team must at some point plan to visit the Snow Shoe Relay course, set and managed by experienced local guides at the Rifugio Maison Vieille. On arrival, it’s ski’s off, professional snow shoes on and off around an undulating 1 km circuit through the trees and back over the finish line to get your team time and points for this challenge.

A packed lunch can be collected at the City Ski Championships race paddock at the bottom of the piste Aretù (piste 14a) to keep you going throughout the day and there are numerous restaurants if you need a quick pick me up as you complete the days challenges!

The Friday evening should be a special affair as we join the attendees of the City Ski Championships for a buffet dinner and après-ski drinks at their Financial Times Alpine Forum, held at the Grand Hotel Royal & Golf. Speakers for next year are yet to be confirmed but lively panel discussion included the likes of Marcus Brigstocke, Damon Hill, Frank Gardner, Graham Bell and a host of other celebrities in the past and will make this a fantastic evening and the perfect way to end the first full day of the Courmayeur Classic.

Day Two starts with the Team Distance Challenge, a 2-hour non-stop GPS tracked challenge to do one thing and one thing only – ski as far as you possibly can as a team in the time allowed.  Any pistes in resort are acceptable, you can pick any route or strategy you like to maximise the km’s so long as you don’t use the same piste more than twice and you are back to the finish at Rifugio Maison Vieille within 15 minutes of the event period ending.

You may need a rest after the Team Distance Challenge, so we will we once again be joining our friends at the City Ski Championships at this point for one of their famous on piste buffet lunches to recover before setting off on the final challenge of the event, the Team Slalom Parallel race.

Momentum Ski have been setting racecourses in the Alps for over 20 years and they will be setting a Parallel Slalom course for all the Courmayeur Classic teams on the piste Aretù (number 14a) during the afternoon of Day two. Commentators will be confirmed in due course but in the past few years the one and only Matt Chilton, the voice of Ski Sunday and ski racing as well as Olympic Skier and Snow-Camp Patrons Graham Bell and Chemmy Alcott have been involved at the base of the course to commentate over the event PA on your run and teams progress – making this another unique experience for everyone.

The Awards Dinner then takes place once again at Pierre Alexis where all results are announced, prizes given out and the celebration party begins. There will be Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for our top 3 fundraising teams, and Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for teams taking part in the event, shown on the leader board which combines all the scores across each of the challenges to give us our winners and podium places!

Will I need specific insurance? 

You will need standard winter sports insurance to take part in the AJ Bell Courmayeur Classic.

Challenge Photo