The charity that aims to change the lives of inner-city youngsters by introducing them to snowsports has raised more than £21,000 at an innovative party.


Snow-Camp hosted hundreds of skiers and snowboarders at the event at its virtual alpine chalet base.

The party was hosted by the BBC Ski Sunday presenters, Chemmy Alcott, Graham Bell and Ed Leigh.

Leigh was fully kitted out in black tie, despite it being very early in the morning in New Zealand where he is living.

GB’s trailblazing Olympic bronze medallist, snowboarder Jenny Jones, joined in along with ski instructor to the stars, Warren Smith, and the BBC Security Correspondent, Frank Gardner, all of whom are Snow-Camp patrons.

Snow-Camp virtual chalet evening

Stellar line-up for the party

The ‘guests’ were shown how to make a Mountain Mojito cocktail by expert Simeon Gunn of Drinks Abode.

They also heard from some of the young people who are continuing to be helped by Snow-Camp despite the lockdown.

Snow-Camp staff & youngsters join the virtual party

Snow-Camp staff & youngsters join the party

Jenny Jones donated goggles from the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

They went to Guy Bartlett for £570.

Warren Smith donated five places on one of his Academy courses, raising £5,000.

The evening ended with a retro ski wear fancy dress competition which was won by Elisha James.

Retro ski wear fancy dress at Snow-Camp virtual chalet party

Going retro

“We are all so pleased at how successful our first ever virtual Snow-Camp Alpine Evening was,” said the charity’s founder Dan Charlish.

“ During these difficult times it’s even more important to come together as a community, share some positive stories and have some fun together.

“Putting on an evening like this certainly would not have been possible without the support of our incredible patrons and ambassadors, and also our young people, who joined us virtually during the evening.

“Our fundraising events are essential in helping us continue our work with young people across the country, and this evening held particular significance with all our regular events having to be cancelled or postponed. Thank you to everyone who donated!”

Chemmy Alcott said: “Supporting Snow-Camp is always a priority for me, having seen the life changing work they do. But especially now in this pandemic when the young people have had their structure and learning through participating in sport taken away.

“This evening was a fun, entertaining and important celebration of everything Snow-Camp have achieved and all the lives they will positively help in the future.

“I was honoured to be hosting with the Ski Sunday crew!”

PlanetSKI took up the invitation and joined from our own virtual chalet.

We didn’t have any retro ski gear but we entered into the spirit ….

PlanetSKI at the Snow-Camp virtual chalet party

PlanetSKI’s chief reporter Jane Peel & partner James at the party

Cheers Snow-Camp for a great evening.

For more on the work of the charity and to donate, head to the Snow-Camp website.