Ski 4 Cancer in 3V next week

20th March 2014, by Abi Butcher

Franz Klammer is patron of Ski 4 Cancer. Photo: Bad Kleinkirchheim

Franz Klammer is patron of Ski 4 Cancer. Photo: Bad Kleinkirchheim

With “no make-up selfies” for Cancer Research taking social media by storm in the UK, next week a skiing challenge takes place in La Tania for the charity Ski 4 Cancer.

Run for the first time in 2013, the Ski 4 Cancer challenge takes place this year on Wednesday 26 March and Thursdsay 27 March, organised by ski holiday specialists Alpine Elements and iGOSKI. If you’re on holiday in the Three Valleys next week, why not give it a go?

Individuals or teams will be challenged to ski the vertical height of either Mont Blanc (4,695m) or Mount Everest (8,848m) over one or two days. There will be awards on offer for the best fancy dress (and others), as well as the chance to win some great prizes in a charity raffle. Anyone with a valid lift pass can take part.

With a vertical drop of 532m, the challenge will focus on the green, blue or red pistes which run adjacent to La Tania’s main gondola, dropping from a height of 1,900m to 1,368m. Average skiers can ski the height of Everest comfortably in about six or seven hours, and a warm-up event the day before will allow participants to ski the height of Mont Blanc which involves three to four hours’ skiing.

The 3 Valleys ski app will log the distances covered and certificates will be given out to people who complete one of the challenges.

To participate, skiers and boarders raising funds can register for free until Monday (24 March). Alternatively, people can register on the morning of the challenge days at the reception of the Hotel Montana, located near the bottom of the main gondola lift. People registering on the morning of the challenge will be asked to make a minimum donation of €10 (about £12) to Ski 4 Cancer. Last year, the event raised around £7,000.

Ski 4 Cancer uses the alpine environment as both a vehicle for fundraising and convalescence. Run by a dedicated committee of skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts, the charity works with a wide range of snow sports specialists to provide alpine respite holidays in some of the most beautiful mountain resorts around the world. Ski 4 Cancer also makes grants to palliative care centres and promotes research into the effects of exercise on both cancer prevention and recovery.

James Hardiman, managing director of ski and activity holiday specialists Alpine Elements and the ski weekends company iGOSKI said: “My mother had cancer about 25 years ago and ever since I have been a passionate supporter of cancer related causes. Ski 4 Cancer do some excellent work and I’m delighted that Alpine Elements and iGOSKI are able to sponsor this event.”

If you want to register earlier, and collect sponsorship from friends, family and work colleagues, simply complete the registration form at

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