All AMS Units and Individuals whether Regular or Reserve including those attached to a DMS establishment are entitled to participate; the Exercise is collective military training with soldiers on duty throughout. It is not Adventurous Training. Those Individuals travelling with insufficient numbers to make up Unit teams are invited to form hors concours teams to compete during the competition element of the Exercise.
ONLINE FORMS / RULES / REFERENCE DOCUMENTS
Ex PROTON SERPENT Admin Instruction
Annex A – Individual/Unit Team entry form (those attending should return this form completed NLT 30 Nov 16)
Annex B – Provisional Programme for Ex PROTON SERPENT
Authority for Winter Activity
LFSO 3206 – Use Annex A of this document for request for welfare funds towards provision of Unit ski equipment
Any team that is forced to withdraw from the Ex should inform the Exercise Director at their earliest convenience.
COMMAND & CONTROL
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
The aim of Ex PROTON SERPENT is to bring together the maximum possible number of AMS units to hone their Alpine and Nordic skiing skills and hold competitive races in both of these disciplines.
- Set the conditions for the development of novice skiers from the AMS.
- Prepare AMS unit teams for competition that takes place during 2nd week of the Ex.
- Foster physical fitness, teamwork and determination in individuals, and develop the administrative competence of team captains.
- Encourage esprit de corps at both Unit and Corps level.
- Improve the standard of Alpine and Nordic skiing across the AMS and identify talent to develop for future AMS representation in Divisional & Army ski competitions.
- Prepare the maximum number of AMS teams to achieve the qualifying standard for Army, Inter-Service and National championships
The Ex programme can be downloaded here; it is subject to change dependent om factors such as snow conditions, weather, availability of facilities and instructors.
The following is an outline of how the Exercise will run:
- Ex PROTON SERPENT is a 2 week event, the first week comprising of team training and development and competition during the second week.
- Regular Team Captains’ meetings will take place to guide and advise teams, to pass on race event information and inform them of any changes to the Ex programme.
- Alpine and Nordic training instruction will be available during the first week for Unit teams to maximise development of their ski techniques, specifically in preparation for racing.
- Advice and assistance will be available to ensure teams are able to effectively service and maintain their own ski equipment.
- It is intended that in race week all Alpine races will be held in the first half of the week and all Nordic races take place in the second half of the week.
ARRIVAL / REGISTRATION
Those participating in the Ex are to complete and return (by email) Annex A by 30 Nov 2016
- Advance party arrive – 25 Jan 2017
- Teams arrive – 26 Jan 2017
- Teams depart – 9 Feb 2017
On arrival team captains will be required to provide the following:
- Proof of ski race insurance cover (please note this is NOT the same as normal ski holiday insurance) and possession of EHIC.
- Completed attendance summary details (if any team member changes have occurred since team submission on 30 Nov 15) – please note that vital information for competitors includes corps, gender, date of birth, and race categories (Novice, Veteran, Super Vet, Lady, CMT, etc) must be correct at point of initial team registration.
- Team Captain contact details in resort (mobile number/apartment address).
- Payment of any outstanding monies (race fees, etc).
MOVEMENT & TRANSPORT
All movement clearance should be applied for in accordance with DIN07-123 – Army European Winter Activity Instruction.
Team captains should clear attendance on the Ex through their Divisional G3 (PAT) chain of command.
Diplomatic clearance (DIPCLEAR) should be obtained by teams in accordance with ACSB authority.
Transit clearance should be sought in accordance with DIN 201407-123 Clearance Requirements & Planning Considerations For Transit & Through The Federal Republic of Germany For Exercises & Training.
Teams transiting through France should be aware that there is a toll system on all main roads.
Transport to and from the Ex is the responsibility of Team Captains, but the following points should be noted:
- Driving Licences – All drivers must be in possession of a UK driving license, FMT 600 and have passed the European matrix tests. Drivers’ hours must be adhered to and familiarisation of driving conditions on the continent in differing weather conditions is advised.
- Winterisation – All vehicles must be properly equipped for winter driving, with winter tyres fitted and snow chains available.
- Breakdown – All vehicles should have European breakdown cover and it is law in France that hi-vis vests, breathalysers, hazard triangles are carried, vehicles are marked with ‘GB’ stickers and headlights are adjusted for driving on the right. First aid kits and fire extinguishers are also advised.
- Drink Driving – Alcohol limits for drivers in France are 0.5mg, which is much stricter than limits in the UK.
All team members are to carry full UK passports. Team captains should check expiry dates of passports at the point of Unit team selection.
Accommodation for Ex PROTON SERPENT can be provided through our in-resort handler, Tadpole Holidays, however other local accommodation are available.
Serre Chevalier Vallée Réservation
Tel: 0033 492249880
Please note that when booking your accommodation considering its proximity to Villeneuve may be advantageous. The AMS race office and Team Captains’ meetings will take place in Villeneuve. Booking accommodation in the other villages in the valley may increase your logistical burden, so please check.
Granting Field Conditions for Ex PROTON SERPENT lies with Commanding Officers’ of Units in accordance with current regulations. If Field Conditions are granted in accordance with JSP 752 Tri-Service Regulations For Allowances and DIN07-123 Army European Winter Activity Instruction, those participating are entitled to normal duty allowances including Local Overseas Allowance (LOA) and Long Serving Separation Allowance (LSA).
All other costs incurred by units can be charged against the appropriate unit training budget. Units should use DIN07-123 and LFSO 3206 dated Jul 12 combined with the 2/3 CR process to justify full subsidisation of expenses incurred in the participation of the Ex.
Units and Individuals should obtain their authority to claim for CILOR in accordance with Ref JSP 752 Tri-Service Regulations For Allowances – Chap 6, Sect 1 and DIN07-123 (all rules and application forms are within) using ASCB authority for this Exercise.
Team Captains should apply for funding early to avoid disappointment and also consider the following sources: Nuffield trust, Army Sports Lottery, Commanding Officers Public Fund (COPF), Corps Associations, Bde Commander’s Fund, PRI, Army Winter Sports Association (AWSA) and civilian sponsors.
It is with utmost importance that all personal on the Exercise are properly equipped to ski and train in harsh conditions. Team Captains are to ensure that the standard of kit is correct. Commanders are encouraged to become familiar with DIN 2012DIN06-38: MOD policy regarding non freezing cold injuries.
Units should endeavour to purchase their own ski equipment by using the grants available via the Nuffield Trust in line with Ref K. However, failing this, ski equipment can be hired in resort or bought from a variety of sources.
This section of the site allows you to learn something about the resort of Serre Chevalier and the facilities available to the personnel participating in Exercise PROTON SERPENT. It covers areas of knowledge such as the ESF, the snow conditions, the route down to Serre Chevalier and the facilities contained within the resort itself. Recommendations will be given as to good places to eat, socialise and get your laundry done, as well as the good ski shops to visit.
The Ski Championships will take place at Villeneuve (Alpine) and Le Monetier les Bains (Nordic).
These villages are 2 of the 13 villages in the Grande Vallee known collectively as Serre Chevalier. The Valley is 18km long served by 9 gondolas, 53 chair lifts, 18 drag lifts and with 47 km of Nordic piste. It is as picturesque as it is varied and steeped in history. Roman Legionnaires once came for treatment from the spa waters, and now skiers are able to breathe the rich clean mountain air of the Ecrins National Park.
The Valley of Serre Chevalier stretches from just below the Col du Lautaret to Briancon. The journey from Calais takes 10-12 hours and is motorway (Peage) as far as Grenoble. The road from Grenoble is signposted Briancon (RN 91) and climbs steadily to the Col du Lautaret, which is 1900m high and may well require snow chains. This part of the French Alps gets a lot of snow and weather conditions can change very suddenly. Once over the pass you drop down into the Serre Chevalier Valley and the first village of note you drive through is Monetier. There are several chair lifts and the Yret Chair rises to just below the Pic De L’Yret at 2830m. The Nordic races are held in the Monetier area.
A further 6km down the Valley the centre of administration for the area is at Villeneuve, which has both ancient and modern architecture. Here the Alpine Championships take place and most of the competitors’ accommodation is situated. The Alpine races usually take place below and to the left of the middle station known as the “Frejus”. However, the downhill race is above Frejus on the Clot Gauther drag lift which takes you to the summit of the same name at 2589m.
The 4 main villages of Serre Chevalier contain a vast array of facilities, all of which are available to the competitors on Ex PROTON SERPENT. Detailed below are contacts that you may find useful upon arrival.
Office du Tourisme Serre Chevalier
Tel: +33 (0)4 92 24 98 98
Fax: +33 (0)4 92 24 98 84
LIFT PASS COSTS
Le Grand Serre Chevalier Pass covers the whole area of Briançon, Chantemerle, Villeneuve and Monêtier and permits you to skiing in many of the resorts nearby. Lift passes can be secured at reduced rates – a reduction of 25% for these ski passes for Ex PROTON SERPENT has been negotiated. Due to planned changes to the race programme for the 2017 Exercise it may only be necessary to purchase 9 day lift passes, which will further reduce your team costs.
There are many places to hire skis within resort. Regis Sport and Ski Connections, both in the Villeneuve shopping mall, will provide discount to military customers.
Petrol Stations: The nearest garages en route that accept Euro Fuel cards are in Grenoble and Gap. Both towns are more than an hour drive away. The nearest in-resort garage that accepts Euro Fuel Cards cards is 10 minutes away, located in Briançon. In addition there are 4 post offices and 3 banks and Visa, American Express, Eurocard, Diner’s Card and Mastercard are widely accepted. Cirrus and Plus cards can be used for ATM withdrawals (there are 4 in the area).There are two laundry facilities; One located near the race office and one in the old town of Villeneuve.
Before travelling in or out of Serre Chevalier it is advised that you call the Col du Lautaret information line (useful contacts page), as if the weather is bad as it can be closed in extreme weather conditions. If the Col du Lautaret is closed then the alternative route is via the Frejus tunnel in to Italy and passed Montgenevre back into France. Currently the road route into Serre Chevalier via the Col du Lautaret is not accessible due to major landslides – this is likely to be an ongoing problem for visitors to the valley.
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.