A Ski Club of Great Britain Leader has been unsuccessful at the initial appeal hearing in the French legal case against him. Supported by the Ski Club of Great Britain, the Leader attended the Court of Appeal in Chambéry on 30th March 2016, where, on his behalf, his lawyer presented the case for his defence.
A further 800 euro of damages has been awarded in favour of each of the Ecole de Ski Français (ESF) associations involved. The legal reasoning behind this decision will be given in the written judgement to follow.
The appeal was immediately launched after the initial judgement in the lower court in Albertville which found the Club leader in contravention to Art.L.212-1 of the French Code du Sport in January 2015.
The Club leader was stopped on the piste in Val d'Isère, France in April 2014 and questioned by the gendarmerie (military force charged with police duties). Under this article it is a legal requirement to have the relevant and appropriate qualification(s) to instruct, lead or guide skiing (groups) if remuneration is received.
The Ski Club of Great Britain, on behalf of the Leader will seek to launch a further appeal in a higher court in Paris and in due course his lawyer will also be lodging an official complaint with the European Commission on his behalf. A request to the appeal court in Chambéry to refer the case to the European Court of Justice was refused.
As Ski Club leaders are non-remunerated volunteers the club continues to maintain the action is misguided and inappropriate.
The Ski Club Leader programme in other countries is not affected by this outcome and at the start of the 2015/16 season the Ski Club introduced an Instructor-led guiding service to France, bringing back the ‘skiing with the Club’ element which is a highly regarded member benefit.
The new instructor-led guiding service with Evolution 2 currently runs in Alpe d'Huez, Argentière, Avoriaz, Courchevel, Flaine, La Plagne, Méribel, Les Arcs, Tignes, Val d'Isère and Val Thorens.
Ski Club Chief Executive Frank McCusker comments:
«This is the outcome we expected but we still believe it to be misguided and inappropriate. We will continue our fight and we will be launching a further appeal in the French Criminal Supreme Court in Paris.»
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