Eddie the Eagle Edwards Performs First Ever Tandem Ski Jump During Courchevel Ski Holiday

Eddie the Eagle Edwards, ski jumping legend and star of the eponymous movie ‘Eddie the Eagle’ spent an extended ski holiday in Courchevel 1650 this winter as guests of short break specialist tour operator, SkiWeekends, in its new chalet Monique.

During his stay, he offered SkiWeekends exclusive access to a tandem ski jumping course that spanned two full days – the first, a dry land training session in the chalet and the second, a tandem experience with The Eagle himself, launching from the top of the 90 metre Olympic ski jump located in Courchevel Le Praz and used during the 1992 winter games.

Three SkiWeekends guests took Eddie up on the offer, including 45 year old Abel Tool, who was the very first person in the world to experience a tandem ski jump. Strapped with a harness to the front of the famous ski jumper, they launched down the ramp reaching speeds of 70MPH, before flying through the air and making a perfect landing. Rather like a tandem skydive, but way cooler.

Tool said afterwards:

I always wanted to fly like the Eagle, ever since I saw Eddie jump in the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary. It was very scary but amazing too, I only hope they make a film about my life now.

Mastermind of the tandem ski jump, Dan Fox, Managing Director of SkiWeekends, said:

It took some time to persuade Eddie that this was a good idea, but when he saw the potential he went for it. I got personally involved in the training sessions and thanks to our staff and their fantastic baking skills, we managed to get three people prepped and ready to jump in just over a day. Eddie wanted me to be the first, but I knew it wasn’t for me to take that honour. Our guests absolutely loved it, hopefully it’s something we can offer everyone in the future.

Eddie The Eagle Edwards commented:

I thought it was a crazy idea. I mean launching off a ski jump like that after one days training, who would take the risk? Anyway, three people put their hands up and I was delighted – we had so much fun. Flying through the air on skis is one of the best feelings ever, but having someone else right underneath you screaming obscenities as you defy death is very special indeed; although I will put a stop to the excessive cake eating if we do the same next season.

SkiWeekends hosted Eddie the Eagle Edwards during the 2019 winter spanning a 3 week period in its new chalet, Monique, located in Courchevel 1650. Guests were invited to ski with Eddie as well as enjoy watching the Hollywood movie of his life alongside him.
Eddie said:

It was a proper ski holiday, the first one in about 30 years that I have actually just spent some time skiing. It was great to get properly ski fit too – and a gorgeous chalet, I even had a bath every night which was wonderful.

More information about the holidays with Eddie.

    Company Information

    Ski Weekends is the home of short break ski holidays, offering more flexi-ski options than anyone else and are focused on ensuring that guests enjoy the maximum time on the slopes. Skiweekends.com is part of Harris Holidays, an established tour operator organising tailor-made trips for groups and individuals for over 30 years. The aim at Ski Weekends is to help guests ski when, where and for as long as they want, fulfilling its mantra of ‘Be Happy, Ski More’, to some of the best and well known ski areas in Europe, as well as some hidden gems a little less well known. Ski Weekends offer travel choices from 20 UK airports to a full range of 2-5* chalets and hotels. There’s over 50 resorts across 8 countries in the program, including France (Alps or the Pyrenees and Alpes Maritime), Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Scandinavia (Norway and Sweden) and Andorra. There’s a choice of readymade packages or tailor made trips - from single skiers, couples or group ski trips, including corporate ski trips for over 100 people.

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