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Sumit Jam


13 February 2007

It all started here. After the success of the 2006 SUMiT JAM event, SUMiT has been pitting seasonaires against one another in a series of GPS inspired challenges across the Alps. Wednesday 31 Jan saw the long-awaited return of the event to Tignes as 40 seasonaires battled it out in the first SUMiT JAM of 2007.

GPS Trackers & Bacon Sarnies

SUMiT’s Craig and Josh were on hand to dish out the GPS trackers that would monitor the event. The Jam Bar’s Jamie and Morgan were there to dish out the beers and bacon sarnies that would revitalise the competitors after a gruelling time on the hill. were proud sponsors of the event, supplying great prizes for winners in the four categories.

SUMiT’s GPS Distance challenge.

As usual, the challenge is simple:

  • Rock up at the Jam Bar, Tignes with skis or board ready for an 11am Start
  • Get a GPS tracker from SUMiT

The rules?

  • Be back within 3 hours.
  • Don’t use the same lift more than twice.
  • Go ride, ride, ride!
  • Clock up as much distance travelled as possible.

Grazed knee & snapped snowboard

After a quick photo shoot things were under way at the stroke of 11am. Competitors had until 2pm to return or face heavy penalties. As always the competition was intense, but thankfully the injuries were limited to some grazed knees (falling getting off a bus at pace!) and a snapped snowboard after a spectacular wipe out.

Prize-giving in Tignes' favourite, the Jam Bar

Competitors returned and were more than ready for some refreshment while the SUMiT boys headed off to figure out who had won. Presentation time was scheduled for 10pm and the Jam bar lived up to its reputation once more – great service for seasonaires in a Jammed environment.

And the winners were...

  • Category- Winner- Distance Covered
  • Male Skier- Neil McKenzie- 59.38km
  • Female Skier- Brenda Kyte- 54.90km
  • Male Boarder- Ian Ballantyne- 63.61km
  • Female Boarder- Jo Swannell- 60.93km
  • Best fancy dressed for the day was Mr Incredible also known as Charlie from the Yeti.

Natives provides winner goodie bags

Each of the event winners received a goodie bag from with t-shirts, caps, cool Duct Tape wallets, DVD’s, Jam Bar hoodies and t-shirts and also Give Clothing t-shirts.

Check out results in Jam Bar

For full results pop into the Jam Bar and check out the leaderboard. Whilst there you can see some great pics of the day.

Entrants could also win Swiss flights & Freeski Camp place

All competitors who left contact details will be automatically entered into Natives’ draw to win free air travel tickets on Swiss Air and a place at the British Freeski Camp 2007.

SUMiT would like to thank the mountain Echo, Jam Bar, Give Clothing and Natives.

NEXT EVENT: Whenever you want!

SUMiT specialises in renting out its GPS equipment to individuals for full days as well as organising events such as this one. Options are available for anyone from school groups to seasonaires to chalet groups to corporate outings.

Simply contact:

  • 3 Valleys Mark: +33 (0) 673 08 42 27
  • Tignes Craig: +33 (0) 633 58 11 36
  • Val d’Isère Josh: +33 (0) 633 58 87 70
  • Other French resorts or enquiries: Adam: +33 (0) 681 27 96 99

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