Monster Ski

The Team October 21st, 2011

I have a few ski trips planned for next season but I have to say the one I’m most looking forward to is leading the Monster Ski group in Tignes in March.

This will be the 6th season of Monster ski which is a challenge to raise money for the MS Trust. The challenge is to ski 29,029 ft of vertical descent a day. Now this may sound just like a large number but it’s the height of Everest and you have to do this for 3 days. It is a mammoth task and a big challenge but it was so rewarding at the end last time when everyone in the group of which some had been diagnosed with MS achieved the challenge.

The sense of achievement and team spirit was fantastic and just seeing the look on everyone’s faces after the last run was something I’ll keep with me forever. Despite the lean snow year last season Tignes had fantastic piste conditions and was the best in the Alps.  So I was really pleased to hear it was going back to the Espace Killy and in particular Tignes as it has such an extensive ski area and you have some seriously long runs especially down to La Daille on the Val d’Isere side.

Participants will be guided so you don’t have to worry about where you are going, so no checking piste maps and asking lifties.  All you have to concentrate on is skiing awesome runs, logging up the vertical and of course having a great time (which is compulsory!).

Even though we were tired after every day we all still managed a bit of après ski and the Hotel L’Ecrin du Val Claret was a perfect base to enjoy a few wines before sitting down and enjoying the traditional food that is included in the half board.  The hotel also boasts a spa with a pool and Jacuzzis and if the body is really feeling it after skiing the height of Everest then you can always treat yourself to a massage.

If you want to get a serious amount of skiing in a world class area and raise money for a great cause this is the trip for you.

Monster ski is calling!

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