The DHO is one of the oldest alpine skiing clubs in the world - founded in Wengen in the Jungfrau Region of the Swiss Bernese Oberland in1925. There is a base in Wengen with a representative and skiing guide in the village throughout the skiing season. The club organises a wide variety of alpine activities in Wengen for holiday skiers of all ages, including many races.
The DHO is best known for its high quality training of young ski racers, and has over the years produced more members of the British Teams than any other club. The Racing and Training Committee runs 5 camps per year, in Summer, October, over Christmas and the New Year, in February and at Easter. The training takes in all the major British ski races, such as the BARSC Championships, the British, English and Scottish Championships. The Committee encourages trainees to apply for international licences, to enable them to race in international races and is always available for advice and help with all and every aspect of Alpine skiing.
Although the club is based in Wengen, race camps are held in resorts around Europe and most of the Juniors go on to FIS (International Ski Federation) races. Those who do not make the English or British teams often ski for their university, spend a year teaching in the Alps or in the Southern Hemisphere. All trainees reach a very high level of skiing and this of course stays with them all their lives.
Ski racing must be one of the most exhilarating sports and the trainees cannot get enough of it. They love putting on their bibs and crash helmets, adrenalin rushing around, waiting for the starter's command - allez, los, go! Trainees return year after year and keep in touch once they have left. It is not a cheap sport and certainly not for British children who must live and train away from home. Many say that participation in training and racing has changed their lives.
Chemmy Alcott, Britain’s best female ski racer, is a member of the DHO.
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