15th April 2023
24 teams of four are set to battle it out in a series of fun events on snow . It’s all done to raise money for the charity, Snow Camp, that is celebrating its 20th birthday. NEW
It is Snow Camp’s biggest, most exciting, and most ambitious alpine event yet.
“We have all been working hard to create something very special for our 20th anniversary and it is wonderful to have so many supporters out in the Alps together,” said the founder of Snow Camp, Dan Charlish.
“Events like this raise such important funds our work with young people across the country, and they are a fantastic experience for everyone involved.”
Community Manager, Dan Keeley, has been in the resort for the last few days with the Snow Camp team finalising the arrangements.
There are five members of staff and four Snow Camp apprentices helping out.
One has never been on a plane before, let alone a ski resort.
On Saturday afternoon the participants were signing in and collecting details of the event.
The 3 Valley Rally kicks off formally this evening with a welcome dinner.
The event hotel is the 5-star Le Fitz Roy hotel in the centre of the resort.
Teams have a minimum fundraising target of £5,000 per team and Snow Camp has an overall target of at least £100,000.
Early signs are looking good for the fundrasing.
If you want to donate to Snow Camp then follow this link.
PlanetSKI is reporting on the event, and the work of the charity, so do check back over the coming days.
So, what’s the 3 Valleys Rally all about?
Day 1: Sunday 16th April
• Snow Shoe Hike
• Zip wire challenge
Day 2: Monday 17th April
• Team Distance Challenge
• Team Parallel Slalom Race
On Saturday afternoon/evening teams were already in the bar and lounge of The Fitz Roy working out their tactics.
Check out the full details of the event here:
As well as the competition there is also a bit of apres activity planned – more of that later.
The event is sponsored by AJ Bell.
“We are excited to be at the biggest annual fundraiser,” said Andy Bell, CEO of AJ Bell.
“The work the charity undertakes with young people is so important we want to do all we can to get behind Dan and the team.
“Events like this are great fun for everyone involved, and really help raise the profile and funds needed for their programme, Snow Camp.”
PlanetSKI was at the AJ Bell event in Crans-Montana last season.
See our article from PlanetSKI reporter, Justine Gosling:
There are a number of VIP guests taking part in the event in Val Thorens including Jenny Jones, Chemmy Alcott and Graham Bell.
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ABOUT SNOW CAMP
Snow Camp work with young people in London, the North West, the Midlands and Scotland to deliver an accredited journey of courses to vulnerable young people at indoor snow centres.
Their courses are unique and attractive to young people, taking them from beginner to qualified snowsports instructors in one year with volunteering and apprenticeship progression routes available at the end.
Alongside learning to ski or snowboard, young people also have access to life skills training and mental health support.
Read more about Snow Camp.
ABOUT AJ BELL
Established in 1995, AJ Bell is one of the largest investment platforms in the UK, and a long-term supporter of Snow Camp.