The 2012 City Ski Championships – Crans Montana, Switzerland
Putney Chiropractic was a proud supporter of the 2012 Momentum Ski Festival. The weekend in Crans Montana, Switzerland brought together downhill and slalom ski racing with a comedy festival featuring Markus Brigstoke, Rufus Hound and Nick Doody, an apres ski music festival with among others top London band ‘The Feeling’, a business forum, ski race training camp with the Warren Smith Ski academy over from Verbier and great chiropractic care! Celebrities were present en masse with chef Heston Blumthal, athlete Colin Jackson, Olympic skiers Graham Bell and Konrad Bartelski, BBC reporter Frank Gardener, BBC commentator Matt Chilton and Antoine Deneriaz France’s downhill gold medalist at the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics.
Drs Craig, Edwina and Michael headed out to provide a chiropractic experience for all attending. We were working from our favourite office in the world, under blue skies, on the snow in the Alps at the bottom of a World Cup GS course. The best thing about having a chiropractor in the finishing paddock was it proved that once money, time, geography and effort have been removed from the equation everyone wanted a chiropractic adjustment because inherently everyone knows its good for their health. It was like once all the barriers of a busy London life were removed the question was ‘why wouldn’t you want to go to the chiropractor??’
‘Highlights included random chat with Heston Blumenthal (a little surreal – pictured with Dr Michael below), dancing in the apres mosh pit with Graham Bell, fencing at the racing start gate with Graham Bell (also BBC Olympic commentator for the fencing), hugs with Colin Jackson, racing behind an Olympic downhill gold medalist (Antoine Deneriaz), borrowing Warren Smith’s world cup GS skis that weighed a tonne and were more ski than I could handle and dressing up for the dual slalom in the blue morphe suits (pictures below). Under the photo gallery below is the video from my helmet cam of a run down the GS course (including my little wipeout) and the video made by the BBC for the city ski weekend.’ Cheers Dr Craig
The full report from the official City Ski Championships:
The City Ski Championships, the highlight of the inaugural Momentum Ski Festival, took place in the elite Swiss resort of Crans Montana over the weekend. After 12 years in Courmayeur in Italy, Amin Momen made the key decision to relocate the event and widen its appeal with cutting edge comedy and live music. The Snowjet flight from Stansted to Sion – with a 35-minute transfer to the resort – was a popular addition for city slickers who travelled out after work on Thursday.
Saturday Morning: The Big Giant Slalom Race
On Saturday morning, over 200 people lined up on the Piste Nationale for the showcase giant slalom race. The FIS course, where Didier Cuche and Lindsey Vonn won recently, proved seriously testing for amateur skiers from financial institutions and a range of sponsors that included Zai Skis, Putney Chiropractic, Cavendish Ware and the Financial Times.
Antoine Deneriaz – France’s downhill gold medallist at the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics and an ambassador for Zai Skis – made it look easy, as did his nearest rival Chris Oliveira from Lloyd’s of London. Chris is a regular at the Championships but a rare early night on Friday set him up for an exceptional performance in the professional FIS class. He was also a member of the winning Lloyd’s Masters team, along with Anthony Barrow, and Filippo and Alessandro Guerrini Maraldi, a quartet that had already shown form with a narrow victory in the Accenture Dual Slalom the afternoon before.
In the individual competitions, the top prizes went to Till Hufnagel from Goldman Sachs in the men’s category and Alex Hendy from Peel Hunt in the women’s. Other racers fared less well, providing the BBC’s Matt Chilton with plenty of ammunition for his witty commentary. With wine flowing freely in the Savill’s Alpine Homes paddock area at the finish, the cheering for spills and thrills increased as the race progressed. See the full results for yourself on the results page.
Comedy Thrills & Debating Skills
When the lifts closed on Friday and Saturday, the crowds gathered in Zero-Dix at the base of the mountain to listen and dance in the open air to The Feeling and 29 Fingers. The more cerebrally-minded attended the Financial Times Alpine Business Forum, a first for 2012. Caroline Daniel, editor of FT Weekend, hosted the Friday seminar, triggering lively debate between her panelists – BBC Security correspondent, Frank Gardner, comedian Marcus Brigstocke and Israeli financier, Edouard Cukierman.
After a Swiss raclette dinner at the Hotel Etrier, Brigstocke returned to the stage with fellow stand ups Rufus Hound and Nick Doody, for Comedy Club – another hugely enjoyable innovation. Graham Bell, Ski Sunday presenter and ex-Olympic downhill racer, graciously submitted to a sustained attack from Hound that had the large crowd in stitches.
See You Next Year?
We’re looking forward to being there next year to keep everyone in tip top shape for their race, and to join in the thrills and spills with new and old friends. Can’t wait!
We have great selection of photographs in an album on Facebook plus the gallery below:
Dr Craig’s helmet cam video
The official video from Momentum ski