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Now Life Is Serious Tour

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2023 is the 30th anniversary of most of us meeting at Newcastle University. Since then great friendships have been forged, marriages taken place and offspring emerged within an amazing global social scene. From Singapore to Scaldwell, Doha to D.C., New York to New South Wales.


To celebrate this big milestone - you are invited to "the now life is serious tour".  A weekend of adventure, a little bit of friendly competition, great food, great wine, some karaoke, dancing and sharing and making memories. 

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Thu 9th -  Sun 12th of March 2023

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Thursday 9th March 2023


Guests arrive on flights into Geneva and transfer to resort in hire cars or on train directly from Geneva Airport to Sion station. Shuttle buses from Sion station to Nendaz provided on request.


Welcome Reception - Edelweiss (19h-21h)

Distribution of Edelweiss bracelets for all inclusive Edelweiss drinks through the weekend and continuous buffet dinner. Buffet closes at 22h 

Tim Phillis birthday - Edelweiss (21h30). Champagne toast & cake cutting at Edelweiss

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Friday 10th


8h45 - Meet at Edelweiss for breakfast with weekend run through. 

9h15 - Join a guided ski group with ES Ski School depending on your level to enjoy a days leisure  skiing


12h30 - 14h  Lunch in Dahu - Verbier 


15h45 -  Onwards, meet at Le Bob on Tracouet for drinks 

16h30  -  Après ski in Edelweiss 

17h30 - 19h - Shower and change in chalets / hotels 

19h - pre dinner champagne reception at Chalet Hanbury 

20h - Dinner at Hameau Les Cleves with after dinner drinks at bar with race day team draw and briefing 

Saturday 11th 


8h30 - Breakfast (tea/coffee and bread / pastries) & collect race gear from Edelweiss -Meet ski race guides and race day briefing 


9h15 -16h30 -  Adventure Race Day. Starting and ending at Edelweiss 


Guests will have two options 


The 4 Valley Elite Challenge - split into groups of 4 and led by elite ES instructors, these teams will attempt to ski / snowboard - the entire 4 Valleys in a day, the 3rd largest single ski area in Europe with a massive 412km of ski slopes. With multiple challenges set through the course of the day each team will have to be on their very best form to complete this unique adventure race! Skiers / boarders  should be able to ski black runs and be able to ski at a reasonable pace throughout the day. 


Ski Social Challenge - these skiers (put into groups according to ski standards) will also complete the 4 Valleys Challenge, albeit with a shorter, more relaxed ski itinerary, no less fun than the the Elite Challenge. These groups will meet for lunch in the sun accompanied with plenty of rose at Mouton Noir restaurant in Verbier. Anyone comfortable skiing red runs can complete this race. 


16h onwards - Cross the finish line and après-ski party with live band (Edelweiss wristbands required for bar) -Drop ski gear off at Premier Alpine shop if no plans to ski Sunday 


19h30 - Tchin Tchin restaurant 

19h30 -20h - Medal ceremony 

20h - 21h30 - Dinner (pizza / pasta)

21h - 12h30 -  Dancing and karaoke in après ski bar Edelweiss 

12h30 - After party at Mutty’s Bar

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Hotel accommodation: 

Best value option is Edelweiss where much of the action will take place during the weekend including team breakfast, race day start and finish. It is next to the Telecabine. Your next option up the scale is a brand new hotel called


Mad Mount - the website will be launched soonish I am told. It will be a very good 3 star hotel bang in the center of town so 2 mins walk to the Telecabine and most event locations.

Etagnes Hotel - this mid tier hotel is right next to the Telecabine 2 mins walk from Edelweiss and has its own lively Apres Ski scene. It also offers apartments for anyone wanting to share


4 Valleys Hotel - For those that want more luxury also very central and where the spa is.

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    ⁃    Buses will be provided from Sion train station to Nendaz and back on Sunday.

    ⁃    Please email me your flight details arrival and departure and whether you will be coming by train (trains leave every 30 mins from Geneva airport direct to Sion) and therefore require a shuttle bus from Sion to Nendaz (25 mins) on the Thursday and Sunday?

    ⁃    Race guides provided - groups to be drawn out of hats in resort

For those flying in to Geneva Airport, trains leave Geneva Airport Station (within the terminal) every 30 minutes. You are heading to Sion. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the station very easily. The train journey is fabulous if taken in daylight and will take 2 hours. There is no bar on board the train but there is a shop which sells wine / beer just before you enter the platform. 


    ⁃    Premier Alpine in part with Premier Alpine are offering special rates on ski and snowboard rental. Use reference “Newcastle” when you get to the shop.

    ⁃    Race bibs and tour swag provided  


    ⁃    Contributions from each guest to cover ski guiding, drinks and meals tba 

    ⁃   Heavily discounted extra ski lessons available on request. Please contact directly, the Head of European Snowsports, the leading English speaking ski school in Nendaz if you want a refresher ski or snowboard session on the Friday to fine tune you for race day. 


Actions for Guests 

    ⁃    Please email me your arrival and departure flight details and whether you will be coming by train (trains leave every 30 mins from Geneva airport direct to Sion) and therefore require a shuttle bus from Sion to Nendaz (25 mins) on the Thursday and Sunday?

We will also be organising some mid layers so please indicate what size you would normally take, 

Get ready and get fit  😂😂😂😂

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Tim and Shannon Phillis from My Life Tonic have generously offered this deal..

Promo code - Toon23, FREE Access to the SkiFit package, URL to access -- Our skifit package will help build strength, stamina and flexibility. Just what you need when trying to keep up with Mutty, Billy and Dan on the slopes and in the bar. (You will need to enter your card details but NO payment is being made.  You also need to set up and account before the promo code works). If you need some help contact us on

Not included:


  • Flights and train transport

  • Hotel accommodation 

  • Lunch and drinks at Mouton Noir for the Ski Social Challenge 

  • Ski hire (discounted rates available from Premier Alpine Centre which is located underneath the 4 Valleys hotel, 5 mins from Edelweiss)

  • Ski Pass - will be able to collect this Thursday evening on arrival or Friday morning and pay on credit card

  • Extra Ski Lessons - please contact Jamie Kagan, for discounted private refresher lessons for the Friday.

Thanks to our sponsors

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All guests are required to make a CHF500 per person contribution to weekend which will cover the following:

  • “Tap and Go” bar tab at Edelweiss (using your Wristband you can order drinks as you wish whilst at Edelweiss)

  • Thursday-Saturday meals with half a bottle of wine per person (additional drinks at Edelweiss on wristband at other restaurants pay as you go)

  • Breakfast at Edelweiss

  • Race day guides, tour gilet and “Now life is serious T-Shirt

  • Packed lunch for the those in the 4 Valley Elite Challenge 

  • Super shots (drinks) at race day check points for both 4 Valley Elite Challenge and Ski Social Challenge

  • Transfer from Sion station to Nendaz

  • Champagne Reception on Friday night at Chalet Hanbury

  • After Party drinks at Mutty’s Bar Saturday night 


Please make your payment here via credit / debit card


We would love to throw in a few extra’s too - so if anyone is willing to throw in some corporate sponsorship - and would like their company featured on the website and team kit, please let me know!

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