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Ex Snow Lion

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Ex SNOW LION took place in the Cairngorm Mountain Range, Aviemore, Scotland over the period 2 – 11 Mar 18.  Traditionally, Ex SNOW LION had only been open to all service personnel based in Scotland. However, after a review the Championships has widened its field, opening the event as a UK wide ‘Foundation Snow Sports Competition’, using the fantastic facilities that are here in the UK, this proved to be a huge success and saw new teams entering from the RAF and the Armed Forces Para Snowsport Team. 

Ex SNOW LION has been opened to unit teams made up from skiers, snowboarders and telemark skiers who have not competed in Divisional championships or above, but have had some skiing experience on snow either racing or recreationally.  This event has provided a fantastic opportunity for units to start to develop their ‘B’ teams, female teams or development squads in a competitive environment without the expense and organisational burden of travelling abroad for several weeks.  Coupled, with creating an ideal first step for those units who may not have a snow sports background, to offer the opportunity and gauge interest and talent for potential future entry at Divisional level, hence why Ex SNOW LION was conducted post Divisional, Army, Inter-service competitions and Corps Championships.

The event consisted with the first 1-2 days of technique and race training through gates in the discipline of GS (and slalom for skiers) under race coaches.  Followed by the next 4-5 days of racing including seeding GS and team and individual competitions (which encompassed the snowboarders).  The final day concluded with a fun element, parallel slalom competition, ‘have-a-go’ trail session, which also included the snowboarders.          

Accommodation and feeding for all teams was the well-appointed and recently renovated Rothiemurchas Lodge (bargain at £18ppp), which was a 10-minute drive to the ski centre and Funicular railway. 

Ex SNOW LION in its new format has provided an excellent opportunity for units to start developing their young soldiers and snow sports racers of the future.  There is still lots of work to be done in promoting this event to improve participation for 2019.  Therefore, to capitalize on the success of this year’s event, if you think this is something your unit or Corps would be interested in, please keep an eye on the AWSA web site and MOSS site or contact any of the snow sports secretaries to find out more.

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Exercise Highland Recovery

Exercise Highland Recovery is conducted twice a year by the Personnel Recovery Centre (PRC) Edinburgh at Rothiemurchus Lodge, situated at the foot of the beautiful Cairngorm Mountains.  It is a low-level Adventure Training, Cultural and Educational exercise for Wounded, Injured and Sick Service Personnel (WIS SP). 

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The New Nuffield Lodge at Rothiemurchus is the perfect location for the exercise as it offers self-contained sleeping, cooking, dining and socialising facilities, as well as the newly opened disability suite which means all parties can be accommodated, regardless of their condition.  There are four recently refurbished en-suite rooms for staff or any individual who may need the quiet and privacy of their own room.  The bar area adjacent to the Nuffield Lodge is a great breakout venue for evening social events such as pool competitions and quiz nights.  

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The 2018 programme started with five days of activities from 26 – 30 March which included the exciting Zip-Line Trail at the Alvie Estate, Tree Top Zone at the Rothiemurchus Estate, Archery and Kayaking at Loch Insh and a tour of the Culloden Battlefield Centre.  There are many more activities to enjoy in the local area, depending on the time of year, such as fishing, mountain biking and not forgetting the baby Polar Bear at the Highland Wildlife Park and, of course, skiing.  Planning is already underway for the September 18 exercise, when we hope to be hosting a contingent of Danish WIS SP and hope to use the larger Union Jack Lodge as well as the Nuffield Lodge.

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Aviemore Half Marathon and 10k

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On the weekend of 14/15 Oct 17, Aviemore will be hosting the annual Half Marathon and 10k race. Entries are now closed, but you can still take the family into the heart of the Cairngorms to support the runners as they pass. 

Preceding the main event on 15 Oct 17 will be the 'MacDonald Mile Fun Run' on 14 Oct 17.

For more information about the events over the weekend follow this 'Aviemore Half Marathon' link. The complete event instructions including the route can be found on this PDF document.

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Thunder in the Glens

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Start Date:  25 August 2017 12:00
End Date:  28 August 2017 23:59

Thunder in the Glens has become an annual event in Aviemore and one of the major events in the UK for Harley-Davidson fans. People travel from all over the world to enjoy the event. It is now officially the largest Harley Davidson rally in the UK with an ever-growing number of loyal fans.

While you are there you could enjoy many of the trade stands supporting local charities and a number of participant demonstrations.

Saturday Mass ride out to Grantown on Spey starts at 12.00 noon. Sunday 2.00pm to 4.00pm – charity rides on the back of a Harley-Davidson in Rally Village.

 

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Spreading the word

George and Andy manned the Rothiemurchus Lodge stand at the recent pre-Edinburgh Tattoo families' get-together at Redford Infantry Barracks. The event brought various agencies and charities together, enabling military families and friends to get an idea of the support that is available to them while still serving or when they have left.

We were able to highlight to the wider military community the facilities available at the lodge at a price that can not be matched by any similar offerings in the Aviemore area. We are hoping that all the attendees at the event will join us at the lodge sooner or later.

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Satisfied customer

The lodge received the letter below from our first user of the 'The Royal British Legion Suite,' our specially adapter suit for those with greater than normal needs. It is so nice to hear feedback from those who use our facilities, so that we can keep improving. Thank you Elizabeth for your kind words.

Dear Chris,

You have just GOT to tell Mum and dad that I have this AM had simply the best, safest shower I have ever had away from home. I always take a suction ring grip to hold onto and a rubber mat for the shower floor. But still I have difficultly with getting in & out especially out as I feel I am stepping into the abyss – my balance!

I just sat on the shower seat and wept this morning. I washed my hair without one hand holding on to the rail. What a joy it has given me. Thank you so much for allowing me to use this facility  I “lurve” it.

The room is beautifully arranged  just need a small wardrobe.

Please thank them for the bottle of "drinkies" it is much appreciated.

Thank you Chris for passing this on.

Love

Elizabeth

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What's on in Aviemore?

Aviemore is the local town to the Rothiemurchus Lodge and has many events going on throughout the summer. A good resource for finding out exactly whats on during the period of your visit can be found in the 'Whats on guide', just download the issue for free relevant to your stay dates.

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History in photos'

If you follow Rothiemurchus Lodge on twitter, and I encourage you all too. You will know that the Rothiemurchus Lodge manager, George is putting together a 'history in pictures'. If you have been a guest at the Rothiemurchus Lodge, please consider sharing you photographs. You can send them to George via email.

You can follow us on Twitter here.

 

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