Our Ski Challenge was again well attended in the Italian resort of Courmayeur with over 250 people from the property world. The event, the longest running in the industry’s calendar, has changed over recent years with a strong emphasis now on business development and networking. However, the final day is still dedicated to racing with industry professionals battling it out on the slopes.
The weekend started with an exclusive CPD accredited Business Forum where leaders of the industry discussed key issues affecting commercial property. Our guest speakers were Tony Pidgley, the founder and Group Chairman of Berkeley Group Holdings, who has just been given a CBE in the New Year’s honour list and Chris Kane, CEO of commercial projects at the BBC.
The Business Forum was concluded with a question and answer session with Ezra Nahome, James Thornton of Mayfair Capital Investment Management and our guest speakers being moderated by Damien Wild, Editor of Estates Gazette.
New events hosted
New to the Ski Challenge this year, we held a ski clinic, hosted by Olympic ski veteran, Konrad Bartelski. This provided participants with a unique opportunity to learn how to ski race gates or how to shave a few seconds of their race time.
The ski clinic was followed by a lunch at one of Courmayeur’s mountain restaurants were our guests got the opportunity to refuel and rest before enjoying further skiing.
Ezra Nahome, our CEO, commented: “Our 26th Ski Challenge was a fantastic event with a vast array of property professionals descending on Courmayeur. It really is a unique way to spend quality time with our clients and enjoy some fantastic Alpine skiing. I would like to thank our guest speakers, Tony Pidgley and Chris Kane our clients and sponsors; Estates Gazette, Wedlake Bell, BDO, Sequence and Dare 2b, who make the Ski Challenge the industry leading event it is.”
Nearly 100 people took part in the skiing and snowboard races, including a dual parallel slalom. Click here to view video footage of the race day. The winners of each race were as follows:
Estates Gazette Cup - Fastest male: Campbell Beaton from Colliers
Estates Gazette Cup - Fastest female: Marie-Laure Duvivir from The Furniture Practice
Mixed Gender Cup sponsored by Sequence: Knight Frank 2 won with a team of James Davies, Charles Hobart and Kathryn Farrar
Fund & Investment Cup sponsored by BDO: The Skiing Super Stories won with a team of Paul Rowland, Nick Smith and David Hughes, all from Store Property Investment
Commercial Property Masters Cup: The Young Ones won with a team of Dougie Lawson of Lawson & Partners, Nick Smith of Pure Offices and Dale Strachan of Brodies.
Newcomers Award sponsored by Dare 2b: Individual 2 won with a team of Lucy Daynes of Peldon Rose, Barnaby Lyons of Sankaty Advisors and Tetyana Smirnova of Argus Software.
Open Team Competition: Scuderia won with a team of Toby Clowes of Parlison Properties, Rodney Hunt of Devonshire Properties and James Ranage of Egan Properties.
Snowboarders Race: Andy Tudor Memorial Cup was won by our own Michelle Adamick.
Dual Parallel Slalom Race sponsored by Wedlake Bell: Hamptons 2 won with a team Robert Luke Walsby, James Calder and Bianca Van den Berg all from Hamptons International.
LSH Cup: Hamptons 1 won with a team of Joshua Ayres, Justin Camm and James Wardle all from Hamptons International. Individual race times can be viewed here
The event was supported by Estates Gazette, with sponsorship from Wedlake Bell, BDO, Sequence and Dare 2b.