The DHO Schoolboys Race
Jan 26th - 30th 2020
The British Schoolboys International Race was first run in 1999 by the DHO and followed the way the schoolgirls races were set up. The only difference being that the schoolboys adhered to the British Alpine seeding system. Besides being a school team event the race has developed into an entry level competition open to all British schools and clubs affiliated to national governing bodies. The race is truly international as there is no limitation on nationality. Schools are permitted to enter a maximum of two teams but others may enter as individuals provided they are in education at a British school which comes under the Headmasters Conference. The race is a keenly fought team event and especially, the never registered category, where the boys are novice racers aspiring to become champions in their age group. It is therefore not surprising that there is a wide spectrum of ability with the best going on to compete in the national championship and winning medals.
The race has been run in many different ski areas mainly due to the need, under BASS rules, which require the race be run on a FIS homologated course, and a resort that has accommodation for all competitors under one roof where possible. The race began in Veysonnaz near Sion, spent two years in Wengen before moving to Les Menuires in the Haut Savoie region of France. Some years later it moved to Meiringen finally returning to Wengen where it has been run on the Lauberhorn for the past three years. The Lauberhorn course is ideal for giant slalom and always in top condition due to the event closely following the World Cup event in late January. The race has become a permanent fixture on the British calendar and next year will be the twenty first year of its existence and hopefully will become a permanent fixture in Wengen the home of the DHO.