MS Trust Monster Ski Weekend

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be asked to take a few photos for this years MS Thrust Monster Ski Weekend. The event is organized annually to raise money for Multiple sclerosis. This year 15 enthusiastic participants descended on Chamonix to attempt to ski 90,000 vertical feet each in just 3 days. I was only planning on shooting for an hour or so on the first day to get a couple of shots for a little write up on Chamonet.com but I was welcomed in to the group with open arms and ended up having such a great time with everybody involved I decided to hang out with the group for most of the day. The most impressive thing about it all was seeing one of the participants Ben who has MS achieve his dream of snowboarding again. He has no feeling in his legs from below the knees and walks with a stick, most people were only expecting him to achieve a couple of run and not get close to the 90,000 feet target due to his condition. But strap a board to his feet and as if by magic he's a changed man, you wouldn't have a clue of his condition if you saw him boarding he was pinning it... slashing, jumping, trowing trick and more importantly loving every minute of it. It was a remarkable transformation. I overheard his father say "Ive not seen him smile this much in a few years.." A touching moment that I wont forget for a while and one which really opened my eyes to the devastating effects MS can have on peoples lives. Despite this and having testing weather conditions for the next two days Ben and all the others completed there 90,000 vertical feet target and raised an impressive £13,000 for the charity. Well done to everybody involved and a big thank you for letting me be a part of it. They might not be some of my most impressive photos from this season but it was definitely one of my best days of piste skiing this year by far..
For more information visit the link below
www.mstrust.org.uk
And for a more in-depth write up visit the link below
www.mstrust.org.uk/interactive/mstrust/2015/monster-ski-in-chamonix-a-truly-humbling-experience

All 15 participants and there two lovely guides at the top of the Prarion lift.

All 15 participants and there two lovely guides at the top of the Prarion lift.

Ben about to cover me in snow..

Ben about to cover me in snow..

The Guide checking everybody's ability before they were let loose.

The Guide checking everybody's ability before they were let loose.

No time for slouching around when you have to do 12 huge runs a day.

No time for slouching around when you have to do 12 huge runs a day.

Zoom...

Zoom...

Beautiful views of the Mont Blanc Massif.

Beautiful views of the Mont Blanc Massif.

Flying the MS Trust flag.

Flying the MS Trust flag.

Ben busting out his tricks, I told you it was impressive.

Ben busting out his tricks, I told you it was impressive.

The advance ski group, these guys had clocked up 8 plus runs before lunch.

The advance ski group, these guys had clocked up 8 plus runs before lunch.

The not so advanced group, who were taking a more leisurely pace.

The not so advanced group, who were taking a more leisurely pace.

The boys enjoying the view.

The boys enjoying the view.

If you would like to donate and support this great charity please follow the link below.
www.mstrust.org.uk/donate-online