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Team Distance Challenge

The challenge is for your team to travel the greatest distance in 2 hours, on skis, on lifts or on foot - no vehicles!

Prizes

  • Best Livery Company team.

  • Fastest Young Guard (below 36 years and excluding guests)..

  • Fastest Competitor (age 36-60 excluding guests) in Giant Slalom.

  • Fastest Veteran (above 60 years excluding guests) in Giant Slalom.

  • Fastest Master/Past Master etc, on age handicap.

  • Stationers Prize: Best Livery Company Team where the combined age is over 200 years ​

  • Leathersellers Cup: Best Ladies Team (excluding guests).​

  • Vintners Trophy: Best Livery Company after the Giant Slalom​

  • Shipwright’s Ark Trophy: Best Court Team​

  • The Actuaries Handicap Cup: Fastest Male and Female Guest in all events​

  • The Air Pilots’ Trophy – The most improved skier from last year to this year.

  • The Apothecaries Trophy: Oldest competitor completing the course​

  • The Carpenters' Prize: This trophy is to celebrate participation in the competition, rather than speed. The Carpenters wish  to have this prize, 'The Wooden Skis', to the "slowest participating team, but not necessarily because they are slow".  So the result could be age-adjusted - and at the discretion of the committee (to avoid skulduggery)!

Results from previous years 

See all the results from the previous years -  Will you be taking home a trophy next year?

Safety

It is a condition of taking part that everyone agrees that by doing so they take complete responsibility for their own safety and that they will follow the rules below.  Skiing and in particular racing are inherently dangerous activities. The fact that a course has been set does not mean that it is safe for you to ski down it. Your safety is far more important than any result. Only you know your own ability and it is YOUR decision and only YOU decide whether it is safe for you to take part or not in the prevailing conditions. The race is set and run by the ESF and you must obey their directions. The organisers are here to promote and coordinate the event and cannot accept any liability for your safety or any injury sustained.

Rules​

  1. All competitors must be members of a livery company or their guests and be 18 or over.​

  2. All racers compete as individuals (either as Company members or guests of a Company).  If a Company has more than 3 members competing, they have a Team. If a Company has more than 6 members they have 2 teams etc.  The team members do not have to be nominated before the race. The fastest 3 members' times score towards the A team for that company, the next 3 fastest become the B team etc.  Guests can not race as part of a team. 

  3. All competitors and supporters (including guests) must register using the form on the registration page. The fees should be paid as directed by your team captain.   It may be possible to take substitutions or last minute entries up to the 10th of January at the sole discretion of the committee and if space permits.​

  4. All competitors must have insurance to include cover for non professional ski racing.  

  5. Ordinary holiday ski insurance does not cover competition.  See details of an offer on the Deals and Savings page (Coming soon).​

  6. All competitors are to wear helmets while racing or training and Lycra type skin tight suits are not permitted.​

  7. All competitors must wear a race bib to be collected from finish hut at the bottom of the course or as detailed in the briefing. The race number must not be obscured.   Please be very careful to take the correct bib as the alternative causes extreme confusion!  Allow plenty of time for collecting your bib and getting back to the start in time for your start slot.  Any racer who reports to the start gate after his/her turn (according to the start list) may be disqualified. They will however be 'slotted in' if it is possible and if time permits.  After you have raced, please immediately return your race bib to the rack at the finish.  ​

  8. While inspecting the course(s), competitors must not ski through the gates or 'mirror' the course.  Side slipping down through the course is allowed.  Turning in the gates before your race run is strictly prohibited. Infringement of these rules may lead to disqualification.  If you see anyone doing this please warn them.  During course inspection and especially during the race do not ski through the finish unless you are actually competing as you will mess up the timing. During the race, if you fall do check before setting off again that the next racer is not about to hit you..​

  9. The area below the finish must be kept clear at all times. Remember that racers finishing may be tired and might find it hard to stop or avoid someone standing in the finish area.  The run-off area should be clearly marked and should be vacated as soon as possible to avoid risk of collision with the next competitor.

  10. ​If any disputes arise, they should be reported to the Race Committee at the finish within 30 minutes of the end of your run. The Race Committee’s decision will be final.

  11. ​Results of the Slalom and Start List for the GS should be available at the Thursday evening reception. The GS results will be announced at the prizegiving on Friday evening.

  12. ​The Race Committee has the right to postpone, cancel or change the race or timings due to adverse weather or snow conditions without refund. The committee would however try to arrange alternative competitions/activities.

  13. ​Check the details that you have submitted on your registration form very carefully and let us know if you (or we) have made an error.  A list of participants and details will be available from December - check it carefully. At least one person has missed out on winning a prize when they had entered their position in the company incorrectly.  Changes can not be made after the start list has been finalised.  

Team Distance Challenge

The Inter-Livery Team Distance Ski Challenge for Snow-Camp was introduced to the Livery Ski Championships in January and it proved very popular. We are looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible getting involved again this year.  Many Livery Companies have supported youth charity Snow-Camp over the years. The charity was founded in 2003 and received the Freedom of the City at Guildhall in 2013, in a ceremony celebrating excellence in youth work. The charities' Founder, Dan Charlish, and his team did a brilliant job and in 2019 we raised over £14,000 for Snow-Camp

 

How does the event work?

Teams from each Livery Company sign up in advance to take part. Livery companies can enter as many teams as they like – minimum team size 4 maximum 7.. Participants don't have to be registered as Racers - see below.

There is a link below to enter your team and the basic rules are explained there.  

Each team will receive bibs and a top of the range GPS tracker and be tasked with covering as great a distance as possible over a 2-hour period on Wednesday the 22nd January.

There will be a briefing at Point de Nyon Restaurant at 1.30pm before a ‘Le Mans’ type group start for all teams at 2.30pm.  The challenge is to ski as great a distance as you can in the time allowed. You can take any route you like and use any strategy to maximise distance - as long as you are on foot, skis, snowboard or lifts and always stay together as a team!

New Rule! During the challenge, teams may not ski the same piste more than 3 times. 

Here is the small print for those of you already calculating the odds and marginal gains…

  • Teams of between 4 & 7 sign up in advance giving their Livery Company(s) and team members names and emails under a Team Captain. This may be a different person from the Team Captain for the racing events

  • Team members can be guests or friends and don't have to be down as 'Racers' for the other events. As long as at least one person in the team (the Team Captain for this event) is at least loosely associated with the Livery Company they are representing.

  • Teams will collect their GPS tracker from Snow-Camp and TracTrac at Nyon before the start. The startis at 2.30pm and the Challenge ends at 4.30pm with drinks and revelry afterwards.

  • Ski as many kilometres as you can as a team in the two hour GPS tracked window and get to the finish to hand in your tracker. Trackers set to stop tracking after 2 hours.

  • Top speeds, distance covered, routes taken and live tracking in real time will be available online and live for all teams to view. Live league tables will be produced throughout the event.

  • Teams must arrive at the finish at the Hotel L'Aubergade within 15 minutes of the 2 hours being up - or face penalties! GPS measures both uphill and downhill travel. 

  • The whole team must always ski together throughout. No guides allowed!

  • At some point during the challenge the team must film a short video featuring all members of the team in action! This video must be submitted to judges.

  • The winning team will be the team who has travelled the greatest distance in 2 hours at the point the tracker is turned off by HQ.

  • Entry to the Challenge is free but each Company being represented will have a fundraising page set up for them – there is no pressure to fund-raise but of course we are hoping that you will so that we can support Snow-Camp’s fantastic work with young people.​

  • There will be a trophy for the winning team and also for the Company that raises the most sponsorship by the cut-off time shortly before the Prize Giving. These will be awarded by Snow-Camp at the Awards Evening on Friday. 

  • If you aren't taking part, we hope that you will still pick a company that is and sponsor them in the challenge.

For more information about the charity please visit www.snow-camp.org.uk 

 

To register your Team Distance Challenge teams, Click HERE