The Railway Cup, Spring Snow, springs 1st freshly fallen snow!
The Railway Cup
Its all ups and downs. The joy of skiing, the distress of poor visibility. The hope of a Railway Cup on the First Skier Cross course, the snow conditions denying us. What is the Railway Cup! This is a fun race put on for the DHO by the Jungfraubahn each year. We’ve both been here for a very long time and share a love of the Railway, of Skiing and of the Mountains. The Railway Cup is also a bit of a treat, 40 places maximum, a fun race and the gift of a lunch.
The Cup has been awarded for many decades, however, a previous version went missing. The current Railway Cup runs from the 1980’s. The cup is awarded for anything from snazzy Christmas Jumpers to a lifetime of effort and giving to the Club, Wengen and Skiing. Occasionally it is awarded to the winner!
Here are the results and some comments from this years event. A GS on the Lauberhorn which included the removal of ski’s at the top of the Russi Sprung, running round a course and accepting a small drink of Appenzell or Orange juice! The piste was covered in a good 15cm of fresh snow. I should have sent the heavier skiers first; but you know how difficult it is to change your mind mid stream! So my poor Mum fell foul of the heavy mounds of snow, full marks for bravery Mum!
The Railway Cup 2020 has been awarded to Heinz Von Allmen for his services to the piste, the DHO, to racing and skiing. Also for his welcoming and friendly attitude, his unending work ethic and of course his kind blue eyes.
|Start List Name||Railway Cup|
|37||Chris Jobe||1.43||Faster than everyone|
|16||Kate Robinson||1.48||Very Speedy|
|25||Harry Stephenson||2.02||Pretty fast for a virgin|
|36||Richard Lawrance||2.13||Faster than Anthony|
|14||Tessa Lawrance||2.28||Technical Dream|
|20||Lotty Stephenson||2.3||Pretty Speedy|
|1||Gill Walker||2.34||Lots of gate issues!|
|15||Lara Hirst-Malin||2.35||Failry Speedy|
|29||Jonothan Walker||2.44||Followed the course|
|39||John Pailthorpe||2.47||Hats are not glasses|
|33||Anthony Schwarz||2.48||Slower than Richard|
|19||Liz Moore||2.52||Fell Over!|
|27||Andrew Robinson||2.54||Overcame the nerves|
|30||Tim Hetherton||3.11||One ski for all things|
|17||Nuala Jones||3.18||Not Speedy|
|13||Debbie Stephenson||3.51||Pocket not rocket|
|10||Ruth Storm||3.53||Snow Platform Boots|
|11||Alison King Lewis||4.26||Excellent deportment|
|7||Margaret Ann Jones||4.51||Slowest|
|24||Alistair Drew||DNS||Vision Issues|
|26||Peter Job||DNS||Weak Knee Brace|
|32||John Stephenson||DNS||Lovely new jacket|
|28||Malcolm Gloster||Judge||Watched the gates|
|34||Jim Donaldson||Lost||Totally Lost|
|#||Annie Glostor||Helped||Not my minion|
Much fun was had by all:
Thank you Marco and thank you to the Jungfraubahn. We look forward to the 20+ seated gondola being ready on time next December, may the force be with you and Swiss efficiency bring all it’s required.
For more information check this out: https://v-bahn.jungfrau.ch/en/v-bahn/eiger-express
Here’s Heinz, receiving his award:
A treat to say thank you to such a great person.
After a Sunny January it seems it is time for a snowy March!
Probably not my best picture of a tree, but I think you get my point.
And a wee slide show
This event has been running for over 10 years now. Next year, we the Downhill Only Club will be hosting the event in Wengen. Contact the team captain, details in the link above, if you want more information about taking part or if you’d like to be a sponsor or you’re just interested in general. This coming week it is being hosted by the Ladies Ski Club in Flaine. Good luck team, i hope you enjoy the experience and win some medals.
Next Saturday there is also a local event – the ‘King of the First Hill’, https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/jungfrau-ski-region/grindelwald-first-ski-area/king-of-the-first-hill-2020/
I competed last year, sadly I’m not this year, but registration is still open, so if YOU want to……
From the Railway to the airway!
Some thing I love is off-piste skiing. I dream of ‘freeriding’, I’m waiting for the finals of the Freeride Word Tour 2020 in Verbier, here’s the winning run from yesterdays competition in Austria:
And finally here is our very own Peter: