Ski 4 Cancer challenge people to ski the height of Mount Everest in a day

Ski 4 Cancer is a UK based charity that will, this winter, in association with Austrian ski resort of Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang and Neilson,be holding a set of challenges covering weeks during 2014.

Teams as well as individual ski enthusiasts will be faced with the daunting but thrilling task of skiing the equivalent of the great Mount Everest. For your information that’s 29,029 feet or 8,848 m, and the challenge is to complete the task in just one day.

Beginners or intermediates can opt to ski the vertical height of Austria’s highest mountain, the Großglockner (12,461ft or 3,798m) or the height of Mount Everest over two days.

By collecting sponsorship funds for Ski 4 Cancer, skiers and boarders will be able to save up to £300 off their next Neilson ski or board holiday. The discount will be issued in the form of a voucher which people can redeem when booking their next winter-sports holiday.

Rob Foster, Director of Services at Ski 4 Cancer explained “Skiing the height of Mount Everest in one day is a real challenge even for advanced skiers. The ‘one day’ aspect of this challenge is significant because nearly 1,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK every 24 hours. That’s why my personal target for skiing in this challenge will be £1,000.”

Rob added “Every person who completes the challenge and collects £300 in sponsorship will receive a £100 gift voucher, courtesy of Neilson and Ski 4 Cancer. Raise £600 in sponsorship and you’ll receive a £200 gift voucher. Raise £900 and receive a £300 voucher! Each voucher can be used to pay for a future Neilson ski or snowboard holiday.”

Pip Tyler, Overseas Director at Neilson added “We’ve worked with Ski 4 Cancer’s sister organisation, Sail 4 Cancer, for over ten years now and we’re delighted to support this challenge. Aside from the Neilson vouchers, the person who raises the most for Ski 4 Cancer in this challenge will win a Neilson ski or snowboard holiday for two people in 2015!”

Pip continued “Saalbach and Hinterglemm are very popular choices with Neilson customers. The Alpin Resort & Spa, one of the resort’s finest properties, is particularly popular as is the five star Hotel Alpine Palace in Hinterglemm. For those on a budget a great option is the Reisinger Hotel which offers simple yet stylish accommodation in a great central location. Prices start from just £399 per person and can be booked at www.neilson.co.uk. If you’re planning to book a ski holiday this season why not get involved and raise money for a great cause at the same time?”

Any competent skier or boarder with a valid Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang lift pass can take part. The challenges will run every Tuesday in March (4th, 11th, 18th and the 25th). To register for the event, visit www.ski4cancer.org/ski-everest. Places are limited so please express your interest early to avoid disappointment.

Ski 4 Cancer, pronounced ‘ski for cancer’ was set up by a group of keen skiers and snowboarders who have all lost a close relative or friend to cancer. By providing a range of alpine respite breaks for families living with cancer, Ski 4 Cancer gives families something to look forward to at the end of treatment schedules or after a loved one has died. Ski 4 Cancer also makes grants to palliative care centres and supports research into the positive effects of exercise and how it can both prevent cancer and assist in recovery post diagnosis.