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Snow-Camp charity has raised a huge amount during its annual AJ Bell Alpine Challenge in the Portes du Soleil. NEW

Snow-Camp is a charity that helps inner-city youths become ski instructors.

It aims to provide those who need it with life-skills, nationally recognised qualifications and employment opportunities.

The charity has just held its annual AJ Bell Alpine Challenge, raising over £50,000.

The event is now in its 8th year.

20 teams completed the ski and snowboard endurance challenge.

The unique snowsports event involves teams of four seeking out 37 check points, requiring them to cover well over 150 km across 15 resorts over two days.


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Some of the teams involved this year include AJ Bell, Novia, KPMG, Summit Special, Specsavers, Norton Rose Fulbright and Santander. 

One of the sponsors of the Alpine Challenge is MPI Brokers.

The company's MD, Michel Pettifer, was drafted into a ladies team at the last minute due to one of their team dropping out.

"The team name was the 'Ladies wot Lunge' so I became an honorary female with a name change to Michelle Petit!! We came 14th, our navigation was a bit iffy but we still covered 24 waypoints and 137K in the 2 days and since one of our number was a bit of a blue run skier that was pretty good.  All in all it was a great 2 days with a good happy atmosphere," said Michael.

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"The AJ Bell Alpine Challenge is a great opportunity for teams of all abilities to strategise, test their skiing stamina and above all have a lot of fun. I'm incredibly grateful to all the teams for their fundraising efforts, their help enables us to reach thousands more young people across the country," said Snow-Camp's Founder,  Dan Charlish.

"We covered 180km in two days, got lost, fell over and were more tired and hungry than I've been in ages, but I can safely say that was the best two days I have ever spent in a pair of skis," said Andy Bell.

A little about Snow-Camp:


Snow-Camp has supported over 7,500 young people to date and hopes to become a national charity by 2018.

Any individuals or teams wishing to take part in the 2018 event should get in contact with Snow-Camp for more information.

See more of what PlanetSKI has covered on the charity here.

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