Pippa Middleton dazzles as she joins athletes at the ParaSnowBall in London

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She's a passionate skiier, and tonight Pippa Middleton showed her support as she attended a ball held in aid of disability snow sports at an exclusive social club in London.

The 32-year-old spent the evening rubbing shoulders with the great and good of the sporting world at the ParaSnowBall at Fulham's The Hurlingham Club on Thursday night.

She wore a sweeping grey gown with a patterned collar and cut-out shoulders. The floor-length skirt with pleating detail accentuated Pippa's slender frame, and she finished off her formal look with a chic leather clutch.

Pippa kept with the winter wonderland theme by adding a pair of shimmering silver drop earrings. She wore her hair straightened and tucked back behind her ears.

And it seems guests were falling over themselves to get a photo with the Duchess of Cambridge's sister, as she posed for a picture with a range of sporting bosses including Fiona Young, who is the Chief Executive of Disability SnowSport UK.

She also chatted with Tamsin Todd and Mathew Prior of Crystal Ski Holidays as well as top coach Mike Dixon. The annual ball is a fundraising event to raise funds for disabled skiiers, with tickets costing £185.

Sporty Pippa has just returned from a skiing trip in Zermatt, Switzerland, where she took part in a 53km ski race.

Highly-experienced hiker-skiers trekked across the Haute Route along the Swiss-Italian border from Zermatt to Verbier.

The race covers heights of 3994m to 4090m and a distance of 53km by foot and ski, which is equivalent to 110km without altitude.

The trip was Pippa's third visit to Switzerland this year having holidayed in both January and then later on in March.

Pippa is a regular on the slopes around Europe, most recently being pictured in Switzerland and Norway and is no stranger to skiing races.

In January she completed in the Inferno Cross Country race, oozing glamour in her fetching number in Murren, Switzerland.

And just a month later the 32-year-old took park in the Birkebeiner Ski Race in Norway - a 54km cross-country course from Rena to Lillehammer.

Joined by boyfriend James Matthews, she was in her element as she eagerly waited for the race to begin, putting on an affectionate display with her City trader partner at the starting line.

The gruelling event tested not only the author's skiing skills, but also her strength and stamina, as the rules of the Birkebeinerrennet race dictate that each of the 16,500 competitors must carry a 3.5kg rucksack.

The event originated in honour of the 1206 rescue of 18-month-old Prince Haakon Haakonsson - who was carried across the mountains to safety in Trondheim as an infant before he grew up to become king and unite Norway after 1000 years of civil war.

Competitors carry the rucksack in honour of the story and to signify the prince's weight during the journey.

Along with the Race Across America, she has also taken part in the GE Blenheim Triathlon and the Bosphorous Cross-Continental Swim.

Last year she also cycled the 54 miles between London and Brighton on behalf of the British Heart Foundation, of which she is an ambassador.

She is often spotted running through Central London, heading to her local gym or cycling in the countryside near her parents’ Berkshire home.

She recently said: ‘Exercise is a massive part of my life and a very personal thing for me; it’s so important for both the mind and body.’


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