The 2nd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment sent a team of 8 to compete at the infantry skiing championships in Val-d’Isere. A young team of mostly novices, only one member of the team had raced before, took part in an intensive 3 weeks of ski training followed by race week in the first week of January. Over the training period the novices were taken from zero to hero, starting off on the nursery slopes but eventually making it onto Black slopes, such as the one they would eventually race on.
The team of 8 was split down into a Primary Hill and a Development Hill. The Primary Hill took part in 5 events: Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super Giant Slalom, Downhill and Super-Combined (SuperG and Slalom), and the Development Hill took part in just the Slalom and Giant Slalom. All events were competed as an individual, to give your overall ranking on the exercise, and as a team to give a team score against the other Battalions on the hill.