Alpine Challenge Raises over £50,000

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Sking and charity often don't go hand in hand. But Snow Camp breaks the mould, an engimatic charity focussing on bringing mountains into the life of inner city urban children, as part of an all round life skills and social awareness educational programme.

The Alpine Challenge (previously the Everest Challenge) has now been running for 4 years, with Basecamp being a headline sponsor for the past 3. It is a mass participation ski endurance event whereby teams enter and battle it out against each other over a two day period of time to see who can cover and descend the most terrain in an alloted time slot. There is also a night mountain hike to spice things up. This year the event raised over £50,000 the largest single event donation the charity has ever achieved, which is a fantastic achievement and will make a huge difference to the charity. 

The Alpine Challange will be running again in 2014, and we strongly urge you to take part!

Have a read of the 2013 review below


After a fantastic weekend of endurance skiing, snowboarding and mountain hiking – 18 teams have returned to the UK after competing in the 2013 Snow-Camp Alpine Challenge.

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.

Tom Saunders of the DHO warriors said,’ It was a fantastic event – we thoroughly enjoyed raising money for such a good cause doing something we all love! We will be going back to the DHO Race Club and getting more teams for next year!’

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.

Dan Charlish said, ‘The effort teams have put into their fundraising has been phenomenal. The 2013 Alpine Challenge has now set a new fundraising record for an event run for Snow-Camp.  The impact this will have on our work is huge – we coudn’t be more grateful for all the support from everyone involved.’

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 or see to find out more.