Sportsactive has £1,000 worth of Regatta clothing and equipment to give away to one lucky reader.
The Spring/Summer range from Regatta, the outdoor specialists, is about to hit the shops, but the winner of this exclusive competition will be able to beat the crowds and kit out the whole family at once. The winner will have his or her choice from the whole Regatta collection – including lightweight wovens, waterproof jackets, fleeces, rucksacks, travel luggage, accessories and equipment. Be it climbing mountains or relaxing at the weekend, the Regatta range can kit you out from head to foot – and it doesn't look bad either. To enter the competition to win this prize, simply answer this question: how high, in metres, is Scafell Pike, England's tallest mountain?
Send answers on a postcard, including a daytime telephone number, to: Regatta Competition, Sportsactive, The Independent on Sunday, 191 Marsh Wall, London E14 9RS.
For further information on Regatta products and stockists, call 0161 749 1313 or visit www.regatta.com
An Australian company, Ski-Trac International ( www.ski-trac.com), have announced plans for the world's first continuously revolving, liftless ski slope. At slow speeds the carousel-like run, all 13 storeys of it, would be 12 miles long, passing through a cold chamber where fresh powder is applied. The firm claim that, in theory, a skier zigzagging down the slope need never reach the bottom. And where do they plan to build this audacious structure? Llanberis, near Mount Snowdon, in Wales. Subject to approval, the complex would also boast the world's longest stationary indoor run and a 75,000 sq ft indoor tropical beach.
Unsure what the food supplement creatine could or should do for you? In a study involving 19 athletes and published in the February issue of US journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, scientists concluded that creatine significantly boosted body mass, lower-body strength and total power output by up to 33 per cent. It enhanced repeated sprint performance but had no effect on maximum upper-body strength or endurance running. Still, as little research has been done into creatine's long-term effects, caution would seem advisable. Visit www.ms-se.com for the full study.
If you happen to be in the vicinity of Chamonix in the French Alps next week, drop in on Cham Jam, an annual snowboarding and music festival. Billed as the alternative Winter Olympics, there may be more of an emphasis on alcoholic endeavours than at Salt Lake City. As well as less-than-serious competitions, including Boarder Cross and Big Air, there will be music from the likes of Freq Nasty, DIY Records, the Big Chill DJs and live acts such as Ash. If you decide to go on a whim, Easyjet still have flights available to nearby Geneva. Visit www.chamjam.com for details.
Cuba, it seems, has something for everyone. Hedonists and historians have long enjoyed the place, and now it's the turn of climbers. A new online guide to more than 60 climbing routes in the 1,000ft cliffs of the Valle de Vinales region offers route maps, advice on kit to bring and suggestions on how to find like-minded companions. Visit the site, which has been compiled by US mountain guide Armando Menocal, at www.cubaclimbing.com