Exercise ALPINE TIGER (AT) takes place in Les Deux Alpes (L2A) and Alpes d’Huez (ADH), France and is classed as Individual Military Training. The pre-Christmas phase of training for the RAWSA(Alpine) Championships will take place in L2A.
ONLINE FORMS / RULES / REFERENCE DOCUMENTS
EX ALPINE TIGER ADMIN INSTRUCTION
EX ALPINE TIGER SEED LIST
RAWSA MOSS Site Link – http://cui1-uk.diif.r.mil.uk/r/376/sports/rawsa/default.aspx
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
The aim of the RA Alpine training scheme is to provide an adventurous and physically demanding race-training programme and Championships to enable Gunner teams to compete successfully at both Regional and Army Championships. The training for the RAWSA(Alpine) Championships and the Championships will test individuals’ psychological limits, their determination and endeavour towards the extremes of physical courage. The scheme will encourage novice skiers to develop and empower them to cope with stress and pressure.
Participation on the Gunner Alpine Race Training Scheme is open to all members of the Royal Artillery (Regular and Reserve as well as guest teams). The following teams are acknowledged as having indicated their intent to participate:
|1 RHA||19 Regt RA||Kings Troop RHA||Southampton UOTC|
|3 RHA||26 Regt RA||HAC||RMAS|
|7 PARA RHA||32 Regt RA||105 Regt RA (V)|
|14 Regt RA||47 Regt RA||Oxford UOTC|
Due to the physical nature of the scheme and risk of injury; it is recommended teams arrive with a minimum of 6 skiers at the beginning of the Scheme. Teams can enter an A and B team into the championships. Depending on confirmation of final numbers, units may be directed to limit their total numbers to a maximum of 8. Team captains will be informed by mid Sept if this is likely. Entries per team are currently limited to 8 skiers however two can be placed on a reserve list. This year, as with last, no more than 2 skiers per team may arrive as complete novices at the start of the season. Novices must be physically fit and willing to learn. Team captains with novices are to ensure they have completed at least 4 hours at an indoor or outdoor centre before arriving in resort. Any novices at the start of the season must arrive at the start of the scheme, and will not be allowed to join the scheme after week 1. This is to ensure the required standard for demanding races can be met.
The aim is to have an instructor to student ratio of 1:10. Local Ecole du Ski Francais (ESF) race trainers will be supplemented by Army instructors with the agreement of the head of ESF L2A and ADH. Finances available to run the races and hire instructors will dictate class sizes. If a regiment holds any alpine instructors that will not race but are keen to deploy in a supporting role, you are requested to inform the secretary asap in order they can be considered to support the scheme in an instructional capacity.
Pre-Season Fitness Training
Teams who arrive in L2A fit and leg strong will benefit most from the training and are less likely to sustain injuries. Additional fitness training should be conducted in resort. Suitable PT kit should be included in packing lists.
On completion of the scheme, teams will be released to compete in Ex SPARTAN HIKE and Ex PIPEDOWN.
Details of all accommodation in both Les Deux Alps and Alpe d’Huez have already been distributed to team captains. Teams are to book their own accommodation for the duration of the training scheme and championships. Costs for accommodation can be attributed to IMT status and non-public funds. Invoices must be paid promptly from unit public funds and recovered subsequently through financial authority of Div G8 branches. Any teams without contact details for accommodation are to contact the RAWSA(Alpine) Secretary.
Visitors and Accommodation Queries
Visitors, particularly official regimental visitors and COs, are most welcome at the Scheme. Any visitors are to book their own hire cars or travel to resorts so that scheme participants are not drawn away from races or training. Private visitors are permitted, but they must not detract from the organised training or benefit from accommodation or lift passes provided for teams through military funding. All visitors to the Scheme should be cleared through the Secretary before deployment.
Using a combination of RA funds, team training fees and sponsorship, the RAWSA (Alpine) will pay for all instruction, race training and the Championships. Teams will be responsible for meeting all other expenses.
RAWSA (Alpine) Instructor/training fees
In order to provide the right level of races, training and instructor to student ratio, a training fee of £110 per skier will be levied against each team participant. Costs for training fees can be attributed to IMT status and should not be met by non-public funds. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Gunner Downhill Skiing’.
Participation is classified by DTrg(A) as Individual Military Training. The EX DIN gives authority for units for CILOR, transport and allowances, and to claim certain expenses against the public purse subject to planning and approval by respective Bde/Div G8. This makes alpine skiing affordable, with units having to cover principally insurance, equipment hire costs and participation at the Army Championships (Ex LIONS CHALLENGE) which is classified as Sport. Team captains must note that they must deploy with sufficient CILOR in Euros to support their team for the season. Team captains must deploy with sufficient Euros for lift passes at Ex SPARTAN HIKE (€240pp) or Ex PIPEDOWN.
The RA sports policy states that Regimental teams should not approach companies for sponsorship. Any approaches for sponsorship must be cleared through the RAWSA(Alpine) Secretary before companies are contacted to avoid RA and wider MOD confliction.
All participants of the scheme must have personal insurance to cover medical expenses and third party liability. The policy must be valid for racing and race training. As part of the duty of care in organising Ex AT, policies must be presented to the RAWSA(Alpine) Secretary at the team captains meeting.
List passes are to be ordered through the Secretary. Payment for those must be sent to the Secretary by cheque, made payable to Gunner Downhill Skiing.
Under DTrg(A) authorised IMT status, all participants at the RAWSA(Alpine) Training Scheme and Championships are to be granted LOA and LSA. Those going on to Ex SPARTAN HIKE and Ex PIPEDOWN may also be granted LOA and LSA. The Army Championships is classified as Sport and attracts authority for CILOR and travel (up to £175pp) only.
All competitors and officials are to ensure that their attendance on Exercise ALPINE TIGER is recorded on Unit Part One Orders; this letter is to be quoted as authority. Participants in formally authorised events within Ex AT are considered to be ‘On Duty’ under the provisions and guidance given in Ref C in respect of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. This does not include peripheral activities which do not meet the primary aim of Ex AT.
Public and Non-public grants
grants are available from the following:
- Alpine unit teams are eligible for a Welfare Sports Equipment Grant once in every three years; details at Ref D.
- Members of the Army Sport Lottery are eligible for a Winter Sports Grant each year.
- Units may apply for a Winter Sports Grant from the BIMTF.
In addition to those listed above it may be possible to obtain funding from the unit Sports Equipment Public Fund or unit ECOPF; further details through unit 2ICs.
Teams have to equip all participating members of their team to train and compete at the races. Three yearly grants are available through the Nuffield Trust for the purchase of equipment. Teams are highly recommended to order skis and race equipment asap to ensure availability prior to deployment. If teams leave their orders much past early Oct they are likely to be disappointed with availability. Team captains with no race experience should contact the RAWSA(Alpine) Secretary to consult as to what equipment is required. Participants should be expected to provide their own boots, goggles, gloves and outer ski wear if not provided by the unit. Teams interested in ordering equipment through a special Salomon deal set up for the Gunner skiing or through My Race should contact Maj Haines. Helmets with soft over ear protection will be allowed for Slalom training and slalom races only. For all other training and racing in accordance with Army regulations helmets must have hard ear protection. Racers will require alpine race suits and these skis:
- Slalom Skis – min 165cm (men) 155cm (women)
- GS Skis – min 165cm recommended 175-190cm
- SG/DH Skis – recommended 200-210cm
Vehicles should be free from any sponsorship, regimental, or military emblazonry. Euro agency cards can be obtained from the unit’s parent Bde HQ. It is recommended that teams obtain ‘Aral’ and ‘Shell’ cards which between them cover most of the areas to be transited for fuel and toll charges. Teams should avoid deploying with one set of fuel cards to cover two vehicles. Whilst the road to the resort is kept clear of snow, it is wise to fit snow tyres for adverse conditions and movement in/around resort. Snow chains are mandatory and must be tested for correct fitment prior to deployment.
Euro tunnel/Ferry booking
Crossing bookings must be made for the type of vehicle being booked on FMT 1000s. Crossing timings must allow for sufficient time to get to the first in-resort team captains’ meetings.
MEDICAL AND DENTAL
All participants of the Scheme are to be medically and dental fit on arrival. Dental work, in particular, is expensive in France and not always covered by personal insurance.
Passports. All personnel must have a full in-date passport to cover the duration of deployment. Due to the long time involved with applying for a passport any participant of the Scheme requiring a new passport in the next 6 months should apply now. NATO Travel Orders can be used in an emergency.
European Health Insurance. All personnel are to obtain a European Health Insurance Card for medical and accident cover. This is in addition to the race insurance and covers some medical care costs. .
Political Clearance. This must be completed by all teams. The Secretary will apply for political clearance for the overall training scheme and the officials
COMMAND AND CONTROL
Ex AT Secretary and OIC will be Major Ross Haines RA. He is in overall charge of the Training Scheme and the first point of contact for all matters from team captains. He will be assisted by the Alpine Finance Secretary, Major Emily Hewitt RA(V).
The Championships will be organised and run by the Chairman Alpine, Brigadier J D Calder-Smith. He will be assisted by a small team of mainly ex-racers who will act as Championship Officials.
The Gunner Training Scheme enjoys an excellent reputation in the Alps due to the professional and courteous behaviour shown consistently over the previous seasons. It is to be made clear to all potential members of Regimental ski teams that the scheme is a demanding, military training camp and not a skiing holiday. Any examples of ill discipline brought to the attention of the OIC Scheme will not be tolerated and are likely to result in individuals or teams being returned to their units. Team captains must brief this to their team members. All participants of the scheme will be under the command of the Chairman Alpine for their time in resort.