A DERBYSHIRE soldier has been honing his military skills in the freezing environment of the snow capped French Alps.
Private Alexander John Talbot, 18 of Matlock, was one of 300 soldiers to compete in the army skiing contest Exercise Pipedown.
The former Highfields School student of Germany based 7 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps, took part in the Alpine event after learning how to ski as part of an Army skiing course.
Alexander, who joined the Army in 2010 and may deploy to Afghanistan later in the year said: “I started learning how to ski towards the end of November, it’s something I always wanted to do.
“I put my name forward for a course and ended up here. It’s good getting to know people you work with a lot more.
“We all support each other and help each other out.”
Exercise Pipedown is part if the British Army’s programme of winter sports.
Alexander, who finished 48th overall out of 77 Alpine competitors, added: “When I am on the start gate just before starting a run it’s quite nerve-racking but as soon as you start you concentrate at putting what you have learned into action.
“It’s brilliant that the Army gives us these kinds of opportunities.”