Ex SPARTAN HIKE is one of the two essential Qualification competitions for both the Army Alpine and Nordic Ski Championships and incorporates the Army Reserve Ski Championships. It will run from 11 – 22 January 2020 in Serre Chevalier, France.
All team captains are to log on the AWSA MOSS Site and update their team information ASAP.
Units are to book into accommodation with Daniela by TBC 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 1000hrs to 1600hrs. Accommodation has been organised to cater for standard team sizes and includes free parking and designated waxing areas. 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.
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 located in Villeneuve: Salle des Iscles – 05240 La Salle Les Alpes – Villeneuve GPS : 44.951570, 6.552874. 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 http://inforoute.hautes-alpes.fr/www/index.html
The telephone and fax numbers of the Race Office are available on registration day. The Ex Controller’s mobile phone number is (0044) 07747 625571; this is the best form of contact until the Race Office number is available. The Race Office will be open at the following times:
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.
- Take individual mugs for big brews.
- TAKE old towels and plastic protection covers to use for WAXING/CLEANING.
- 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. The cost of a 9 day lift pass is 273.00 euros per competitor. Visitors and Pre-training skiing prior to 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 with Daniela POC:
- Teams/Competitors – confirm number of required lift passes TBC
- Visitors/Individuals 10% discount – 3 days prior to 1st ski day.
There are many places to hire skis within resort. Most shops offer up to 20% discounts to military customers personnel. Regis Sport, located in the village centre and near the Race Office, have a wide range of quality skis suitable for all disciplines within both Alpine and Nordic. Sport 2000 located in the village centre, near the tourism office.
Petrol Stations: The nearest garages en route that accept Euro Fuel cards are in Grenoble and Gap. Both towns are more than an hour’s drive away. The nearest in-resort garage that accepts Euro Fuel Cards is 10 minutes away, located in Briançon: ESSO open 24 hours, 9 route Gap, 05100 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 in the village centre behind the office of tourism and one in the old town of Villeneuve.