NOTE: Thursday, 15 December 2016 is the cut off date for early arrival and pre-training requests prior to ex SH registration 15 Jan 17. Each request will be organised on an individual basis POC: Daniela Jouglard email@example.com
No changes will be allowed after 15 Dec 16.
All team captains are to log on the AWSA MOSS Site and update their team information ASAP.
Units are to confirm their arrival plans with Daniela 7 days prior to arrival in order to receive accommodation details and arrival instructions. Early arrivals will be organised by Daniela on an individual basis. Units arriving on registration day are to check in with Daniela at the race office in Villeneuve from 0900hrs to 1600hrs. Accommodation has been organised to cater for standard team sizes and includes free parking and waxing facilities. Larger teams may need to be split, but every effort will be made to ensure that apartments are close together. Teams will be accommodated in the most cost-efficient manner possible, but individuals will NOT be expected to share double beds. Due to the limitation of accommodation space, teams are urged to carefully consider the amount of equipment and material they bring, and pack as efficiently as possible. .
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AIM OF EX SH
The aims of SH are: To provide a safe competitive environment in which to develop and test the military personal attributes of determination, courage, endeavour, leadership, fitness and marksmanship, through Nordic cross country, Biathlon and Alpine ski competitions; additionally, to encourage novice participation to develop their skill base in an environment that empowers them to feel more comfortable with stress, pressure and fatigue.
THE RACE OFFICE
The Race Office is situated at the Swimming Pool complex in Villeneuve. Villeneuve is signposted from the main RN91 from Grenoble to Briançon. It is possible for the RN91 to be closed after periods of heavy snow at the Col du Lautaret (approx 15km North West of Villeneuve). Information services about this pass are available on (0033) 492 244 444 and at http://www.grenoble-montagne.com/modules/smartsection3/item.php?itemid=1. The telephone and fax numbers of the Race Office are not normally available until registration day. The Ex Controller’s mobile phone number is (0044) 7825 202389; this is the best form of contact until the Race Office number is available. The Race Office will be open at the following times:
- 15 Jan 17 0800‑1800hrs (Teams must book in by 1500hrs).
- 16‑24 Jan 17 0800‑1800hrs daily.
- 25 Jan 16 0800-1000hrs only
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The rules for Spartan Hike 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.
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 Spartan Hike Directing 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 for the passage over the Col du Lautaret.
- 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.
- Call the Col du Lautaret information line (useful contacts page) if the weather is bad as it can be closed in extreme weather conditions.
- Get your grant applications in early to ensure you can get the money before you depart on the exercise.
This section of the site allows you to learn something about the resort of Serre Chevalier itself and the facilities available to the personnel participating in Exercise Spartan Hike. 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 and Le Monetier les Bains.
The 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 Spartan Hike. Detailed below are the facilities and some other related information 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
Alpine Lift Passes. All Alpine competitors are to obtain and pay for their own lift passes through Daniela Jouglard, in order to receive discounted lift passes. Teams, visitors and individuals skiing prior to, or after, SH will also benefit from discounted lift passes. In order to secure the discounted rate, lift passes are to be booked by the following deadline:
- Teams – 09 Jan 17
- Visitors (3 days prior to 1st ski day) – 18 Jan 17
- Teams skiing after SH (3 days prior to 1st ski day) – 18 Jan 17
The cost of a 9 day ‘Serre Che’ ski pass will be €264.60, which is valid for the period 16-24 Jan 17. This pass includes the use of all slopes at; Villeneuve, Monêtier, Briancon and Chantemerle as the race programme may require teams to access any or all these sectors. Lift passes will be available for collection at the Race Office from 0900hrs-1600hrs 15 Jan 17, or organised on an individual basis if arriving for pre-training prior to SH17. Payment for discounted lift passes is by cash (€) on collection. Discounted Lift passes will not be issued, unless total cash payment is received at registration, organised through Daniela. Payment by bank transfer is possible for discounted lift pass orders before 14 Dec 16. Photographs are not required for ski passes.
There are many places to hire skis within resort. One of the best places is from Regis Sport in Villeneuve which is located near to the Race Office. Regis Sport 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.
Petrol Stations: The nearest garages en route that accept Euro Fuel cards are in Grenoble and Gap. Both towns are more than an hours 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.
EX SPARTAN HIK 2017 (SH17) has started extremely well. The snow for the Alpine Competition is excellent this year and both hills unlike last year are in operation. In contrast the snow for the Nordic Competition is not so good; with little snow in the valley. The races for Nordic being planned to go ahead in the Col D’Lautaret which is not ideal but the only way we can hold the competition. On the upside the resort has managed to put in a 2K loop around the range which will ensure the Biathlon Races will go ahead.
The Alpine COR’s report some of the best standard of skiing in many years; but unfortunately we are not at full capacity which is a shame as the conditions are outstanding.
Exercise SPARTAN HIKE 2016 (SH16) took place from 10-20 January 2016. The Championships were a great success with increased registration in both the Alpine and Nordic discipline; alpine continued this year with the availability of a second hill.
The number of competitors taking part in SH16 were:
- Total SH16 Competitors 512 (Regular 482 – Reserve 30)
- Alpine Competitors 220 (Regular 205 – Reserve 15)
- Nordic Competitors 292 (Regular 277 – Reserve 15)
A full report can be downloaded here.
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.
British soldiers competing in Exercise Spartan Hike talk about why they take part in the annual British Army Skiing competition and what they love about the sport.
Produced by Sergeant Russ Nolan, MOD Crown Copyright