UKTV has commissioned a brand-new series following the medical emergency teams at one of the world’s biggest ski resorts, Val Thorens, one of the highest ski resorts in Europe with over 400,000 visitors each year.
Airing on the broadcaster’s premium entertainment channel, W, Ski A&E will give a “unique insight” into the work of teams who carry out emergency rescues on the mountains, as well as the daily drama in the medical centres and local hospitals.
From the unfolding drama of the 999 call from the black run, through to the race against the clock – and the weather – to rescue and treat the patient, Ski A&E will follow the action every step of the way. And it’s not just emergencies on the slopes.
The various teams are on call 24/7 and, like in any bustling holiday resort, face all sorts of medical scenarios from altitude sickness, stomach bugs and fevers, to the occasional, overindulgent après skier.
Produced by North One Television, the ten-part series will air later this year.
UKTV’s Helen Nightingale said: “We’re excited to be working with North One Television on this ambitious new UKTV Original series.
“With cameras following every dramatic step, from the rescue on the slopes, the helicopter evacuations and transporting the patients to the surgeons in the medical centres, it really is extraordinary access.”
Adam Collings, channel director for W and Really, said: “The access secured to the medical emergency teams in Val Thorens is fantastic.
“Medical series such as Inside the Ambulance are big favourites with W’s audience, so we can’t wait to see what characters and stories arise in Ski A&E.”
North One’s John Quinn added: “As well as the many medical stories, the whole behind the scenes operation in Val Thorens is fascinating.
“Many visitors take their skiing for granted but it takes a huge, well-oiled machine to ensure everything’s running smoothly each day.
“We aim to capture a real sense of that vibrant, 24-hour resort – in addition to the human dramas unfolding within it – by following the ski patrols, medics and holidaymakers, along with other great local characters and some of the many British resort workers.”