Charity ski challenge event a success

2nd April 2012, by Chris Gill

The Ski the World teams  (c)

The Ski the World teams (c)

The first Ski the World endurance challenge has taken place in Courmayeur, Italy, organised by Ski Solutions and the charity Make-a-Wish Foundation.

The challenge was to ski the combined vertical height of the highest mountains on each continent, about 43,314 vertical metres. It was a team event, with two or three members skiing laps of a Courmayeur slope, to raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation charity – which grants “magical wishes” to children and young people who are fighting life-threatening conditions. It is the largest organisation of its kind in the world. Over the 25 years of their operation they have granted over 7,500 wishes.

Taking part were staff from, Olympian Graham Bell and British adventurer Squash Falconer, among others. The event took place over two and a half days, starting Friday afternoon with an ‘easier’ introduction to what was to be a long day on the Saturday – mainly continuous skiing from lift opening to lift closing.

Each member was aiming to raise £1300 and skiing vertical was measured using GPS. Thankfully the weather was bright and sunny throughout, if a little warm.

The Ski the World challenge is run by ski operator, Ski Solutions, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. It aims to contribute over £20,000 to the charity through sponsorship.

Managing director Craig Burton said, “We wanted to put something back and this seemed a great way to do it as the charity is an excellent one. Above all we wanted it to be a serious ski or snowboarding challenge for people as they pushed their limits and for it to be fun.” Following the success of this year’s event, they hope that the challenge will become an annual fixture on the ski calendar.


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