Val D’Istance with Mike Tindall

Former English rugby captain Mike Tindall, the husband of Zara Phillips, only daughter of Anne, Princess Royal and her first husband Captain Mark Phillips, has announced he’ll be staging the first ever Val d’Istance Challenge in aid of three worthy charities : Matt Hampson Foundation, Wings For Life and The Cure Parkinson’s Trust.

The event, to be staged on the 300km of ski slopes that are divided in to 153 pistes served by 78 lifts at the Vald’Isère – Tignes ski area, will take place from March 24 -28, 2019.

Teams of four skiers or snowboarders will compete to see which of them can cover the most terrain over three gruelling days.

Based in Val d’Isère, this challenge will test skills and stamina both on- and off-piste and along with some world class skiing there will also be plenty of additional entertainment too, the organisers say, adding,

 “The event will bring together the best of the Alps, celebrities, skiing enthusiasts and most importantly, some amazing people and charities that will benefit from the money raised.”

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