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20 teams raise a huge £50,000 for Snow-Camp by taking part in one of the main snowsports charity events of the year, The AJ Bell Alpine Challenge.

About 80 skiers spent two chilly January days scampering around the vast Portes du Soleil ski area to beat fundraising targets for the youth charity Snow-Camp.

The participants in the AJ Bell Alpine Challenge 2017 raised more than £50,000 to boost Snow-Camp's work with inner-city youngsters, which aims to transform lives through giving them opportunities to learn and work in the snowsports industry.

This year, 20 teams of four took on the endurance challenge which involves skiing or snowboarding through 37 checkpoints scattered around the Portes du Soleil resorts, including Morzine, Avoriaz, Châtel and Les Crosets.

Conditions for the event were fantastic - ample snow and clear blue skies, resulting in broad smiles all round.

Andy Bell, CEO of AJ Bell and a participant in this year's event said: '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.'

Now in its 8th year, the event is going from strength to strength, with fantastic funds being raised for Snow-Camp, which is bidding to become a national charity.

Snow-Camp Events Manager Julia Feess said: 'We are so excited that teams have managed to smash the collective £50,000 target, which will enable us to support so many more young people. We're so grateful to everyone who took part and to our amazing sponsors."

Team Snow Chance claimed the gold medal and title of the AJ Bell Alpine Challenge Top Fundraisers 2017 by raising more than £6,000. Many teams smashed their targets with fantastic fundraising efforts!

Dan Charlish, Snow-Camp's Founder commented: 'I'm incredibly grateful to all the teams for their fundraising efforts. Their support enables us to reach thousands more young people across the country.'

Next year's event, will take place from 25-28 January 2018 and aims to be even bigger, with many of this year's teams determined to return and bring friends - so if you are interested in getting involved please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Read more about Snow-Camp's work at snow-camp.org.uk 

You can see photos of the event at Snow-Camp's Facebook page