Over the past couple of weeks I have been organising a charity pub quiz with fellow iglu-ite Esther Collas, in an attempt to raise money for a London based snowsports charity.

The Charity

Snow-Camp are a youth charity that offer disadvantaged inner city kids life skills programs and the opportunity to ski and snowboard. As keen snowboarders we were keen to give these kids the chance to experience the sports we love.

Esther - "I was lucky enough to put on my first pair of skis at the age of 13 when I went away with school. At 19 I turned to the dark side (snowboarding) and have never looked back. Not everyone has the opportunity to ski and snowboard and are not as fortunate as myself. Snow-Camp are able to offer this opportunity and I wanted to play a small part in helping someone fall in love with the sport as much as I did."

The Quiz

The idea for the quiz came from wanting to offer something in exchange for donations rather than begging people for money. Esther is taking part in the Everest challenge, where she will join Snow-Camp and other fund-raisers in covering 150km of the Portes du Soleil in 48hrs. The challenge will include snowboarding to every corner of the ski area, a night session and finishing off with a 5 km hike.  We are aiming to raise at least £1500 and don't worry the money raised won't be paying for the snowboarding trip, all the participant's pay for that themselves.

The Entertainment - Tim Warwood

You may recognise Tim from the TSA's snowboard films he did with the Lockdown Projects, his MC-ing at the Freeze Festival or the X-Fighters in Battersea.  He also has a Kerrang radio show and presents for Freesports of Four and the Extreme Sports Channel. For those who are not familiar with Mr. Warwood his is very entertaining and big supporter of UK snowsports.

With Tim's enthusiasm, humour and charm the evening will go off with a bang, so far he has requested a round involving potatoes and toothpicks (any ideas what these are for please comment below).

The Prizes

First of all we would like to say a big thank you to everyone mentioned below for their generous prize donations and support, to Tim for his quiz master skills and to Richard Downes, the CEO of Iglu who is going to contribute generously.

  • Jason from Ski Big Three (Banff, Lake Louise & Sunshine Village resorts) has given us a set of Head skis to give away and these will make up the main prize for the raffle.
  • Thanks to Scott McMorris at Oakley we also have a couple of pairs of goggles to raffle off.
  • The guys from Mertosnow.co.uk have also come good with a handful of subscriptions to the Daily Mail Ski & Snowboard magazine and a couple of jackets - one Oakley and one Westbeach.
  • Ed from Whitelines snowboard magazine has sent us some beanies, t-shirts and some DVDs.
  • Lizzy, from the magazine parent company Factory Media, has given us a Whitelines and Onboard magazine subscription to give away.
  • With the wonderful weather around at the moment Gilly Seagrave, founder of EKA and Our Camp, has given us some perfectly timed and very cosy beanies from EKAwear.
  • Natives have also been kind enough to help us keep our ears warm with some beanies.
  • There is also a rumour that our head of I.T. may have secret prize for us, but when I.T. are involved anything can happen!

Last but by no means least the good chaps at the Kings Arms, where will be hosting the evening, are going to give the winners of the quiz a round of drinks and maybe even some nibbles to get us through the evening.

If you haven't been invited and would like to come give us a shout on the IgluSki Facebook page to find out if there are any tickets left. Wish us well and I'll let you know how it all went next week.

Written by Stephen Adam