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Aim of Ex SL

Ex SNOW LION (Ex SL) is the Tri Service Foundation Ski Championships, which takes place in the Cairngorm Mountain Range, Aviemore, Scotland over the period 27th February – 5th March 2022.

The objectives of Ex SL are to:

  • Encourage foundation ski participation to develop skill base in an unfamiliar environment that empowers the individual to feel more comfortable with stress, pressure and fatigue.
  • Develop organizational, administrative and management skills amongst officials, team captains and their deputies.
  • Run physically and mentally demanding and varied Alpine race programs for teams and competitors to test their physical fitness, stamina, determination, endeavour, courage and leadership in a safe competitive environment.
  • Additionally, the Exercise will identify and develop new Alpine talent to progress onto the Divisional and Army Championships.

Classes of Competitors

The below classification of competitors will apply to Ex SL, this will be declared at registration.

Senior – A competitor is a senior from 1 January in the calendar year in which he becomes 22 years old.
Junior – A junior is a competitor who has not reached the senior age, i.e. he will not have reached his 23rd birthday in the calendar year ending 31 December.
Veteran – A competitor is a veteran from 1 January in the calendar year in which he becomes 35 years old.
Novice – A novice is a competitor who has not skied on snow, in any discipline, before the start of the current season (1 Jul to 30 Jun).
For 2020/21; a novice if not on snow before 1 Jul 20, senior if born in or earlier than 1999 and a veteran if born in or earlier than 1986.


The outline programme (subject to change) for Ex SL is as follows:

1 Sat 26 Feb 22 Officials Arrive NB 1200
2 Sun 27 Feb 22 Racers Arrive NLT 1400
3 Sun 27 Feb 22 Registration 1400 – 1600 MacDonald Hotel Aviemore
4 Sun 27 Feb 22 Team Captain Brief 1700 Rothiemurchus Lodge
5 Mon 28 Feb 22 Seeding Giant Slalom Cairngorm Mountain Range
6 Tues 1 Mar 22 Giant Slalom Individual Race
7 Wed 2 Mar 22 Giant Slalom Team Race
8 Thur 3 Mar 22 Slalom Individual Race
9 Fri 4 Mar 22 Slalom Team Race
10 Fri 4 Mar 22 Prizegiving 1800 Royal British Legion Aviemore
11 Sat 5 Mar 22 Departure for all

Ski Passes

Units are required to pay for their own ski passes in order to compete. TCs are to be at the tickets office before 1330hrs on the Sunday to purchase ski passes for their teams. The cost of a 5 day ‘Cairngorm Mountain Range Ski Centre’ ski pass is about £140 and 10% discount thereafter. This pass includes the use of the white lady slope and tow lift.

Ski Hire

Cairngorm Mountain (Scotland) Ltd Ski Centre have a full range of ski and snowboard hire please visit their website for more information found via the link Ski Hire Prices. Participants are responsible for attaining their own equipment for the duration of the Ex SL.


The following accommodation arrangements are as follows:

Competitors/G4 – Competitors and G4 support will be accommodated at Rothiemurchus Lodge (RL). Booking will be done once teams have confirmed their places.
Feeding Competitors – Catering services are provided for units staying at RL which will include breakfast, packed lunch and evening meal. Units will provide CILOR and  the first meal available will be breakfast 1 Mar 2022.
Officials – All officials will be accommodated in the MacDonald Hotel, located in Aviemore, Scotland. A separate instruction will be issued for officials. (Location of hotel subject to change depending on restrictions.)


Ex Director – TBC
Ex ControllerWO2 D Thomson