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22 Mar 2012

Europe’s largest Student Ski Cup: GEM Altigliss Challenge

Altigliss, the winter sports student club at Grenoble Ecole de Management is organising the most important student ski event in Europe in Val d’Isère on 24th – 31st March 2012, in association with le Club des Sports de Val d’Isère and Grenoble Ecole de Management, 6th best Business School in France, 30th best in Europe. One ambition: becoming the student ski world cup.

International competition

1000 participants, 60 teams and 25 different nationalities are expected to take part in the competition. 15% of participants will be coming from foreign universities such as Tralee University (Ireland) and Innsbruck University (Austria). This is the 13th Edition of the GEM Altigliss Challenge.

 

Competition – Four challenges

The GEM Altiglisse Challenge/ Student Ski World Cup embraces four major competitions taking place over a week-long period:

  • Challenge Ski – the chief top-level international competition. Teams of five students compete during five challenges: Boardercross, Slalom, Big Air, Special Slalom and Parallel Slalom in teams.
  • Challenge Montagne - A new competition aimed at more amateurish skiers with games, orienteering races, and treasure hunts.
  • Challenge Village: A challenge for the best in various games and fancy dress.
  • GEM Altiglisse Handisport Challenge: A day during which participants can test handisport equipement such as dualski (ski seat) etc., race using the equipment and be trained by a handisport champion.

 

4 patrons of honour

  • Edgar Grospiron, former Olympic champion and triple freestyle World Ski Champion will patron the Challenge Montagne competition and the overall GEM Altigliss Challenge.
  • Anémone Marmottan, after finishing 11th in the giant slalom during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, she became French gold champion in the giant slalom, and world champion by team in February 2011. Anémone is patron of the Challenge Ski competition.
  • Anne Floriet, Paralympic champion during the 2006 Turin Games, Anne will be patron of honour of the GEM Altiglisse Handisport Challenge which will take place on the 28th March. GEM Altiglisse Challenge is expected to open the competition to the disabled by 2014.
  • Kely Starlight, resident artist and performer, owner of La Folie Douce Restaurant and Nightclub in Val d’Isère, Kely Starlight is the patron of the new Challenge Village competition.

 

Women honoured in the freestyle competition

A professional freestyle ski and snowboard contest open to both men and women freestylers will take place on the 27th March. This is a rare opportunity during which female riders such as Coline Ballet-Baz and Julie Bénard, can freestyle in a mixed-gender competition, usually renowned as all-male activity.

Ticket To Ride Accreditation
This freestyle competition has been awarded two stars by the Ticket to Ride (TTR) international association. Founded in 2002, the TTR brings together independent freestyle snowboard events under one umbrella and provides a world ranking system for riders competing in TTR events. The start level of an event is determined by many different factors such as the significance of the event on a global scale, overall quality of the event, level of competition etc…
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