Five Competition Winners Successfully Take Their First Ever Ski Jumps With Eddie the Eagle in Courchevel

Five complete ski jumping beginners took on the challenge of their life last week in the ski resort of Courchevel, in the French Alps, alongside Eddie the Eagle, with some outstanding and surprising results.

They are now back home in the UK and looking ahead to January, when they return to Courchevel to take on the biggest ski jump of all, used during the 1992 Winter Olympic Games. The aim is to raise money and awareness for Ski 4 Cancer, a charity that helps people and their families recover from their illness by bringing them out to the mountains.

Spearheaded by Chris and Lucie Learoyd, owners of luxury chalet company Alp Leisure Ltd, based in Meribel and Courchevel, the idea was born when their 14 year old son Jonty started to look towards the Junior Winter Olympics where he’ll be jumping himself.

Said Chris:

We are passionate about ski jumping here because of Jonty and we had an idea to get more people involved in the sport. Then it seemed to spiral when Ski 4 Cancer became involved and then Eddie, which was amazing. The atmosphere this week has been great with the German ladies team and the National French team all getting involved. I am sure the atmosphere last week has stimulated the local coaches too. They are getting on the hill themselves this week and they haven’t done that for years!

All the winners had to convince Alp Leisure Ltd that they could at least ski down a black run, they had never before been off a ski jump.

Andrew Marshall from North Wales was one of the winners and yesterday he commented:

The first time I stood up there the colour drained away from my face, nothing could have prepared me for that, but we all managed thanks to the help from the coaches and of course Eddie, a true legend. The week was amazing, the welcome from the locals amazing, the hospitality we received from Chris and Lucie at Alp Leisure, amazing. I can’t wait to go back in January.

Another winner, Alexandra Stubbs was apprehensive at first and said:

I applied during a raging midlife crisis, not actually expecting to be selected. I grew up with stories of my Austrian grandfather whose colourful CV included ski-jump pioneer, drinking and gambling, but sadly not parenting – my mother only met him twice. My 50th is looming in January during the second week of this challenge, so the chance to launch myself at it at 50mph was too good to miss.

Somehow I managed a 60m and 25m jump during the week, which for me was an epic achievement. Initially I was seriously concerned I would freeze and end up clambering down a sobbing wreck. Hurtling down the rails launches you in to the memory abyss known in ski-jump speak as the black hole, where your brain can’t process the craziness of what you’re doing and so you arrive at the bottom and can’t recall any details of what just happened.

Jump with Eddie to help raise money for Ski 4 Cancer continues on January 25th 2016 with Alp Leisure Ltd in Courchevel.

The five winners are:

Alexandra Stubbs
Andrew Marshall
Donald Banks
Max Willcocks
Mark Black

A full picture blog of last week is available to view here.

A written blog is available here.

Interviews are available with the winners, Chris and Lucie from Alp Leisure Ltd and Andrew Hayward from Ski 4 Cancer by request – Eddie the Eagle is available for limited interviews.

Ski 4 Cancer Factbox

Ski 4 Cancer was set up by a group of keen skiers and snowboarders who have all lost a close relative or friend to cancer. By providing a range of alpine respite holidays for families living with cancer, Ski 4 Cancer gives families something to look forward to at the end of treatment schedules or after a loved one has died.  Ski 4 Cancer also makes grants to palliative care centres and supports research into the positive effects of exercise and how it can both prevent cancer and assist in people’s recovery post diagnosis.

Company Information

Founded in 1997 Alp Leisure provides fully staffed, private luxury chalets with 'Freedom to Choose' in the French Ski resorts of Courchevel and Méribel during the winter ski season and villas on the Cote d’Azur during the summer. Each property is staffed with mature, experienced personnel including a professional chef, manager, house keeper and dedicated in-resort chauffeur service.

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Eddie the Eagle with the team

Eddie the Eagle with the team

Group picture of the winners

The Winners - Max Willcocks, Andrew Marshall, Alexandra Stubbs, Donald Banks & Mark Black

Winner Alex preparing to jump

Winner Max preparing to jump

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