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Aim of Ex SL

The aim of Ex SL is to introduce competitive snow sports (Alpine, Telemark, Snowboard (SB) and para-snowsports) to service personnel and enable the introduction to racing in Scotland.

The objectives of Ex SL are to:

  • Encourage novice participation in snow sports to develop a competitive skill base in an unfamiliar environment that empowers the individual to better cope with stress, pressure and fatigue.
  • Develop Unit teams of the future, B Teams, development squads and female teams from units that already have a snow sports presence and introduce those units with no history of competing at snow sports to racing in a controlled environment.
  • Identify and nurture new snow sports talent to progress into unit teams and on to the Divisional and Army Championships .

Classes of Competitors

The definition of competitors will be as follows (extract taken from the AWSA Rule Book):


A competitor is a veteran from the 1 Jan in the calendar year in which he/she becomes 35 years old.

A competitor is a senior from 1 Jan in the calendar year in which he/she becomes 21 years old.

A competitor who has not reached senior age is a junior. Special events are held for juniors but they have the right to take part in senior events unless particularly excluded by the Rules.

A competitor who has not skied on snow, in any discipline, before 1 Jul of the current season is a novice.



Have you had at least 2 weeks instruction on snow and want to make the move to racing? Ex SNOW LION is the Army’s foundation snow sports event, designed to introduce competent skiers and boarders to racing through gates in Slalom and Giant Slalom. Boarders will also receive some coaching in snow park skills.

Ex SNOW LION 2020 will take place 1 – 7 March in Aviemore, Cairngorm. Accommodation will be in Rothiemurchus Lodge. Entry is open to all Regular and Reserve units for both teams and individuals. This is an ideal opportunity for units to develop their B teams, increase participation or for those units who do not currently take part in Winter Sports – a great launch pad.

The exercise instruction can be found at Annex E to 2019DIN 07-089 Army Alpine and Nordic exercises 2020.

Ski Passes

Units are required to pay for their own ski passes in order to compete. TCs will be issued with their ski passes at registration.

Ski Hire

Natural Retreats Cairngorm Mountain Range Ski Centre has a full range of ski and snowboard hire. More information can be found via the link Ski Hire Prices.  Other options are available throughout the town of Aviemore.  Participants are responsible for obtaining their own equipment for the duration of the Ex SL.


Rothiemurchus Lodge (RL) is strongly recommended to units as an ideal base for the duration of the ExSL.  Units wishing to book accommodation should contact the manager Mr George Gaff, alternately book online via the RL website.

Mr George Gaff
manager@rothiemurchus.co.uk | tel/fax: 01479 861288 | mobile: 07878 103720

Rothiemurchus Lodge website must be accessed via Google chrome: http://rothiemurchus.co.uk.