Valle d’Aosta is renowned for beautiful, snow-capped peaks such as the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa and Mont Blanc. It is home to the town of Champoluc, nestled in the Ayas Valley. Not only a fantastic place for a ski holiday, it’s also the perfect venue for training to become a future star.
We recently trained a team from Moreton Hall School who went on to win 8 medals at the British Schoolgirls’ Races in Flaine and are hoping for the same success for Simon’s son, Ryan Brown, who at the age of 17 has been selected as one of 17 future winter sports stars who will travel to Erzurum in Turkey from 11th to 18th February to compete for Great Britain in the 2017 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival (EYOWF).
The European Youth Olympic Winter Festival is a hugely important event for young alpine skiing athletes between the ages of 16 and 18 who hope to go on to compete in the Winter Olympics. This year, around 1300 participants will travel to Erzurum in eastern Turkey. At 1757m above sea level, it is the largest city in the region and has some of the best winter sports facilities in Turkey.
Ryan will compete in alpine skiing, which has been an event at the Winter Olympic Games since 1936. Currently training in Courmayeur, Ryan had the following to say “training is going really well, if a little cloudy. I’ve been focusing on keeping my top line still and making sure my movements are as smooth and streamlined as possible. I’m really excited to ski in a new country and looking forward to competing”. Ryan has raced before, but this will be the biggest event he has taken part in and hopefully the first of many. Good luck Ryan!
Four girls from Moreton Hall School in Shropshire have returned from the famous British Schoolgirls’ Races held in Flaine, France, with the trophy for the Best Overall Non Registered Combined Team having swept up 7 other titles between them!
Sisters Charlotte and Alysha Brown, team mate Freya Reeves and her sister and reserve Georgie Reeves trained in Champoluc with Ski 2’s lead instructor John Stewart in the three days before the race. Alysha and Charlotte may have grown up in England, but have close links to Champoluc, where their father Simon Brown runs Ski 2.
Simon said: “It was an obvious choice for the girls to train here in Champoluc, the conditions are fantastic and we know the resort like the back of our hand – our son Ryan has just qualified for the Winter Youth Olympics – so you can’t argue with the fact the valley has some of the best training conditions in the world!” (As if that weren’t enough, Simone Origone, 9 time World Record Holder for speed skiing is Champoluc born and bred.)
The girls had a brilliant time competing against over 150 girls from 31 schools. Both non registered and registered racers can take part with prizes for the different categories. The first day saw the girls competing in Giant Slalom (GS) and Parallel Slalom and the second day saw the Slalom. The events concluded with a prize ceremony in the Flaine auditorium where the atmosphere was alive!
Next year, Ski 2 hope to enable more schools to bring their girls to train in Champoluc.
In Coach John’s words: “It went really well! The girls smashed it in some tricky conditions!”
Full list of prizes: 2nd Non Registered U 14 GS (Charlotte), 1st Non Registered U16 GS (Alysha), 2nd Non Registered GS Team (Moreton Hall A), 1st Non Registered U 16 Slalom (Alysha), 1st Non Registered SL Team (Moreton Hall A), 2nd Non Registered Best Overall U14 (Charlotte), 1st Non Registered Best Overall U 16 (Alysha) and 1st Best Non Registered Overall Combined Team (Moreton Hall)
Following the success of our Ski 2 Racing classes which we have been running for our younger guests for the last couple of seasons during peak weeks, we are now offering parents the chance to learn to ski like their children. Many of our regular guests have loved the way that we have looked after their youngsters so well in our ski school, but now spend their holiday desperately trying to ski as proficiently as their kids! Now’s the time to prove that mum and dad do still ‘have it in them’ and to master some of the skills of ski racing …
This new course will run from Monday to Friday inclusive from 1100 to 1300 hours each day and will cost £119 per person. Each course will involve a combination of fast free skiing, skills and technique and some race training around poles and is open to those who can ski strong parallel. These courses will be run by local Italian race coaches, all of whom have an excellent command of the English language and have a proven record in training skiers of all ages to international race standard. We will be running these courses on the following dates for this winter: Monday 30th March 2015 and Monday 6th April 2015.
If you have booked a Ski 2 holiday this winter and would like to take part in this coaching, please email email@example.com and we will amend your booking accordingly and email you an updated invoice. (I am afraid that this course is only available to Ski 2 guests)
NEW FOR 2013 / 2014 ……
We will now be running ski racing classes on selected weeks, aimed at youngsters who are out on holiday with us and who can ski very strong parallel. This course runs from Monday to Saturday inclusive from 1000 to 1500 hours each day (including supervision over lunchtime)
Each course will involve a combination of fast free skiing, skills and technique and some race training around poles and is open to those aged 9 and above. Those wishing to take part must pre-book and pre-pay in the usual way, but will be subject to an assessment on the first morning of the course. Any youngsters deemed not to be up to the standard required, will be able to ski with our usual Kids Ski School and offered a refund of the difference in price.
These courses will be run by local Italian race coaches, all of whom have an excellent command of the English language and have a proven record in training youngsters to international race standard.
Ski racing classes will run on the following dates: Monday 30th December 2013, Monday 17th February 2014, Monday 31st March 2014, Monday 7th April 2014 and Monday 14th April 2014.
Finding reliable snow forecasts for the Alps can be a challenge. During the season keep an eye on this account to see the most up-to-date weather information we have for Champoluc. This will be updated from forecasts we trust and from staff in the resort.
Do you help to arrange ski trips for your school, college or other educational institution? We regularly welcome large groups to Champoluc and we've started this account to help promote and market this service.