Snow-Camp, the UK’s only registered youth charity using snowsports to change the lives of inner-city youth, is launching a brand-new fundraising challenge, the ‘AJ Bell Courmayeur Classic’ this winter.

Snow-Camp uses a combination of snowsports, life skills sessions, qualifications and vocational opportunities to support inner city young people. The charity’s programmes enable young people to reflect on the key issues impacting their day-to-day lives, and help them develop new skills to support their futures.

The challenge will take place at the Italian resort of Courmayeur from the 30th January to the 2nd of  February this winter. Over two action packed days in the Alps, participants will undertake ski orienteering, laser biathlon, parallel slalom racing, a team distance challenge and a snow-shoe relay.

The AJ Bell Courmayeur Classic was inspired by the ten-year success of Snow-Camp’s annual Alpine Challenge in Morzine.

This year, a spokesperson for the charity said they wanted to shake thing up and re-inspire teams to get involved whilst helping raise funds for Snow-Camp’s ongoing work with young people.

“The camaraderie, healthy competition and legendary après-ski events will continue alongside the new ski challenges in a stunning new location,” a Snow-Camp spokesperson enthused.

“We’ve all been working extremely hard to create our biggest fundraiser to date and I can’t wait for this year’s participants to get their boots on the slopes. Fundraising challenges like the AJ Bell Courmayeur Classic help us continue our important work across the country, so please grab three skiing friends and get signed up!” added Snow-Camp founder Dan Charlish.

This year’s challenge includes a partnership with the City Ski Championships, of which Snow-Camp has been the charity partner of for the past two years.

Joining forces means that both the AJ Bell Courmayeur Classic and the City Ski Championships will run at the same time in the same resort – enabling Courmayeur Classic teams to enjoy a number of the on-snow and evening activities hosted by the City Ski Championships, and allowing teams at  both events to meet, network, ski and celebrate together.

 “We are excited to once again support Snow-Camp’s biggest annual fundraiser and can’t wait to take part in the new event!” said Andy Bell, CEO of AJ Bell, “The work Snow-Camp undertakes with young people is so important we want to do all we can to get behind Dan and the team. Events like this are great fun for everyone involved, and really help raise the profile and funds needed for Snow-Camp’s work.”

Snow-Camp first launched in London in 2003, before expanding nationally over recent years. Over the last 15 years the charity has supported over 10,000 young people across the UK. Last year, following completion of the Snow-Camp programme journey, 93% of participants went onto employment, training or further education and 92% gained one or more nationally recognised qualifications.

For further information and to sign-up for the challenge, please visit here.