WHAT IS EX PIPEDOWN?
Ex PIPEDOWN (PD) is the ARMY ALPINE AND NORDIC SEMI FINAL (B) SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS. It is open to the following formations: LONDIST 1 ARMD INF Bde, 12 ARMD INF Bde, 20 ARMD INF Bde, 7 INF Bde & HQ East, 4 INF Bde & HQ North East, 11 INF Bde & HQ South East, 42 INF Bde & HQ North West, 8 (Irish) Bde, 51 INF Bde & HQ Scotland, 160 INF Bde & HQ Wales, 102 LOG Bde and overseas units. It is also one of the two essential qualification competitions for the Army Alpine and Army Nordic Championships. Guest teams from the Other Services and Corps-based teams may be accepted subject to availability.
AIM OF EX PD
The aim of Ex PIPEDOWN is to provide a safe but competitive environment for soldiers to develop and test their military and personal attributes of determination, courage, endeavour, leadership, fitness and marksmanship, through Nordic cross country, biathlon and alpine skiing.
It also encourages novices to take part and develop their skill base and provide a challenging environment which will enable them to feel more comfortable with the stress, pressure and fatigue of operations.
THE RACE OFFICE
The main administrative control for the exercise is carried out by the race office.
Alpine and Nordic race declaration forms are held in the race office and are to be completed in accordance with the rules laid down in the AWSA Ski Race Rules.
Faxes and telephone messages only, can be taken by the race office. There are no facilities for sending and receiving mail when on PIPEDOWN.
The rules for PIPEDOWN follow the AWSA rules, which are adapted from the FIS and IBU (International Biathlon Union) rules respectively.
It is always a good idea to get your team to familiarize themselves with the rules for the competition before deploying on the exercise. As this will give them time to ask any questions they may have regarding the rules, which at times can be confusing to a novice racer.
Familiarising yourself with the rules will also aid in the preparation of your team as there are some items of equipment that are specified as being necessary in the rules which the novice team may overlook.
PD - EVENTS
|15/10km Classic||Giant Slalom – Seeding|
|10/7.5km Biathlon Sprint||Giant Slalom – Individual & Team|
|4 x 10/5km Relay||Floodlit Challenge|
|4 x 7.5km Biathlon Relay||Downhill – Individual & Team|
|Military Patrol Race||Slalom – Individual 7 Team|
|Super G – Individual & Team|
This page allows you to link to reports provided by snow-forecast.com This is a very comprehensive snow report which is updated regularly and will keep you informed of the conditions in resort for the following 3 days. In order to view a Snow Report for Les Contamines Click Here.
There are always things that you forget when planning an exercise such as Spartan Hike. To try and ensure that you forget the minimum amount of things a list of useful tips has been constructed by the PIPEDOWN Staff. If you have any useful tips for the exercise that are not included in our list, please contact us via the Contact Us page and we will be happy to include them for the benefit of other participants in the exercise.
- Take a Kettle as the French do not use them
- Take a mug each as French tradition involves drinking hot drinks from bowls.
- Snow chains are essential.
- Begin the planning phase for the exercise well in advance to ensure that you have enough time to complete the preparations.
- Try and obtain sponsorship for your exercise to offset some of the costs.
- Buy any new equipment in France as it is generally cheaper and you can get some good discounts in resort.
- Do some pre-exercise fitness training before departing for the exercise.
- Get your grant applications in early to ensure you can get the money before you depart on the exercise.
There are many places to hire skis within resort. One of the best places is from Intersport which is located near to the Race Office. Intersport will provide discount to military customers of up to 20% and they have a wide range of quality skis suitable for all disciplines within both Alpine and Nordic.
Biathlon Rifles – DIN now out
Weapons: Issue of Rifles and Conversions kits is done through DSG and DE&S. Units must have entered Ex PIPEDOWN or Ex SPARTAN HIKE to get priority bidding. Each unit will be issued only 6 weapons and 4 Conv kits until the 31st Oct but if a unit needs kit for Summer Trg they are to approach the Secretary direct with support from their Corps Captain. Where possible Female teams are to bid for their weapons as a central bid (with different UINs if req). POC for Wpns is Ian Heighway at DSG and Conversion Kits is Hazel May at DE&S. I can provide their contact details if units need them urgently – firstname.lastname@example.org.
The DIN can be viewed on DII http://defenceintranet.diif.r.mil.uk/libraries/corporate/DINStraining/2014/2014DIN07-135.pdf.
EX PIPEDOWN 2014
The 2014 event involved more than 350 competitors from across the Army.
2014 Nordic Rule Book now available
The 2014 Nordic Rules has been published, and all teams should particularly note the changes to the Military Patrol Race.
All changes are highlighted in red text and a right-hand side-line. Whilst there are no changes to the biathlon or cross country competition rules (Sections 3 & 4), the following significant changes should be noted and read in detail:
- Only teams with the correct Military Patrol Race rank structure will be eligible for qualification to the Army Championships (Rule 184.108.40.206 & Annex C).
- The Military Patrol Race will no longer include Patrol Tasks and will follow a marked route. The SA80 with .22” conversion kit will be carried and fired. Each patrol will carry safety equipment (counting towards the minimum weight carried): a mobile telephone; first aid kit; and bivvy or survival bag (Rule 5.17). (Section 5)
- Qualification to the Army Championships for Male Teams has been revised: the top 6 placed unit teams overall at each of Exs PIPEDOWN (PD) and SPARTAN HIKE (SH) will qualify as of right; 7 further teams will be selected by comparing their PD and SH race times against each Regional Championship Baseline Time, calculated as an average of the 2nd-5th team finishing times in each qualifying competition. Both PD and SH will then select an “Ex Director’s Wild Card” team, and the final qualifying unit team will be selected by Chairman BASNC, or his delegated representative, from either PD or SH as a further “Wild Card”. (Annex C)
- Army Reserve competitors’ eligibility for the Army Championships reflects the recently-issued 2013DIN01-197 (Rule C.18).