Individuals or teams will be challenged to ski either the vertical height of Mont Blanc (4807 metres) or Everest (8848 metres) in just one day. The challenge will focus on the green, blue or red pistes which run adjacent to La Tania’s main gondola, dropping from a height of 1900 metres to 1368 metres.
With a vertical drop of 532 metres, skiers and boarders will need to complete 9 runs to descend the height of Mont Blanc and 17 runs to descend the equivalent height of Everest. Intermediates should be able to complete the Mont Blanc Challenge in approximately 3 hours whereas Everest challengers should allow 6 hours.
The challenges will start at 9am on both the 20th and the 21st of March. To participate, skiers and boarders will be asked to make a minimum donation of 10 Euros to Ski 4 Cancer. Ski 4 Cancer is encouraging people to register before the event at http://www.ski4cancer.org/
Alternatively, people can register on the morning of the challenge days at the reception of the Hotel Montana - located at the bottom of the main gondola lift. Alpine Elements will also be running a ‘happy hour’ promotion on both days of the challenge at the Hotel Montana’s terrace bar. The proceeds of the bar sales will be donated to Ski 4 Cancer.
Ski 4 Cancer, pronounced ski for cancer, was set up in 2012 by a group of keen skiers and snowboarders who have all lost a close relative or friend to cancer. By providing a range of alpine respite holidays for families living with cancer, Ski 4 Cancer gives families something to look forward to at the end of treatment schedules or after a loved one has died. Ski 4 Cancer also makes grants to palliative care centres and funds research into the positive effects of exercise and how it can both prevent cancer and assist in people’s recovery post diagnosis.
James Hardiman, Managing Director of ski holidays specialist Alpine Elements and the ski weekends company iGOSKI explained “My mother had cancer about 25 years ago and ever since I have been a passionate supporter of cancer related causes. Ski 4 Cancer do some excellent work and I’m delighted that Alpine Elements and iGOSKI are able to sponsor this event.”
James concluded “Participants will collect a stamp after completing each run and certificates will be given out to people who complete one of the challenges. Everyone is welcome to take part and we hope skiers from all over the Three Valleys will join us. If you’re skiing in neighbouring resorts like Meribel and Courchevel, it would be great to see you. The event is open to anyone – all you need is a valid Three Valleys ski pass.”
About Ski 4 Cancer
As its name suggests, Ski 4 Cancer uses the alpine environment as both a vehicle for fundraising and convalescence. Run by a dedicated Committee of skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts, Ski 4 Cancer works with a wide range of snow sports specialists to provide alpine respite holidays in some of the most beautiful mountain resorts around the world. The charity also makes grants to palliative care centres and promotes research into the effects of exercise on both cancer prevention and recovery.
About Alpine Elements
Alpine Elements is a leading provider of package holidays to the French and Austrian Alps, offering luxurious resorts at competitive prices. They can provide superb discounts for groups, couples and families on original and premium chalets, and can offer a variety of mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, beach and activity holidays.
iGOSKi was voted Britain's No.1 Weekend Ski Operator by the Good Ski Guide. iGOSKi is also Britain's largest Operator for weekend breaks. Weekend ski packages start from £320 for a 3-4 night break with flights, transfers, breakfast and 3 course catering.
Ski 4 Cancer
T: +44 (0)845 408 1849
Alpine Elements / iGOSKI
T: +44 (0)7590 842 347