Garmin® Crowns its Alpine Champions

Garmin® celebrates a successful winter season and rewards the fastest, highest and furthest travelled


GarmSki releasein® the global leader in satellite navigation celebrates its first and successful winter season in snowsports by announcing the 3 champion skiers and snowboarders from the Alpine Garmin Test Centres that travelled the fastest, highest and furthest.


Throughout the Winter 09/10 season, over 5,000 guests swooshed through the doors of the Garmin Test Centre Chalets and snapped at the opportunity to trial the Foretrex 401 GPS devices, as sported last season by BBC Ski Sunday’s Graham Bell.


The practical wrist-worn device provided thousands of trialists with immediate speed, height and distance feedback, as well as extensive navigational capacity. More than simply enhancing the users’ slope-time, at the end of the day trialists uploaded their daily tracklogs to Garmin Snow Club for automatic entry into the season’s league table and chance to win a week’s winter holiday and Garmin devices. After 5 months, and well over 10,000 tracked miles, Garmin can reveal the Test Centre Champions for Winter 09/10:




How Fast? – Jonathon Brothers, 75.1mph – More Mountain Chalets, Morzine

*A week’s winter holiday for two at More Mountain, plus a Foretrex 401 device*


How High? – Andy Fisher, 10,585m (vertical descent) – Pleisure Holidays, Courchevel

   *A Foretrex 401 and Dakota 20 device*


How Far? – Ben Lakin, 45.07miles – More Mountain Chalets, Morzine

    *A Foretrex 401 device*


 “In our first year of presenting the brand to the snowsports market, we have been overwhelmed with the response” said Chris Merrell, Garmin’s Marketing Manager. “We knew that the Foretrex 401 filled a gap in the market, but for demand to increase 10-fold on last year has taken even us by surprise. We now intend to push on into Winter 10/11 taking the learning’s gained from our excellent Test Centres and ambassadors Graham Bell and Ed Leigh to further increase the benefits that Garmin brings to snowsports.”


Both Garmin devices are available at all Snow + Rock and Ellis Brigham stores nationwide.


Foretrex® 401 – SRP £199.99

DakotaTM 20 – SRP £279.99


For a chance to win next season, book your stay at any of the Garmin Test Centres which can be viewed at Good luck.



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