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21 April 2017

Back to School for National Schools Snowsports Week

Thousands of students will be swapping the classroom for the snow dome this week as part of the second ever National Schools Snowsports Week!

Returning to school after the Easter break conjures up memories of pasty legs and sports days under blue skies. But some children will feel very out of sorts over the coming week; this week thousands of schoolchildren will get their first ski or snowboard experience. As part of the second installment of National School Snowsports Week, sponsored by Visit Andorra, over two thousand schoolchildren are swapping their trainers for ski boots and clipping in to a set of skis for the first time.

Senja, Norway

Taking place from 24-30 April 2017 the Snowsport England initiative, which is backed by Winter Olympians Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards, Dave Ryding, Aimee Fuller and Graham Bell, aims to give young people the chance to experience the exhilaration of snowsports for the first time.

I started skiing when I was 13 and have lived and breathed it for my whole life. I am proof that anyone – no matter what their age or background is – can get into snowsports. I am proud to support National Schools Snowsport Week and hope it brings lots of young people into our brilliant sport.”  Says National Schools Snowsport Week ambassador Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards.

25 slopes across the country will offer schools and school-aged children ski and snowboard taster sessions throughout the week, as well as other winter activities including rollerskiing, luging and sno-tubing. All the sessions will be at affordable prices, with many slopes including Runcorn and Silksworth in Sunderland offering sessions for as little as £1, or even for free in Tamworth and Norfolk. 

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Eddie the Eagle

Delancey British Alpine Team skier Dave Ryding said: “It will be brilliant to see so many children trying skiing for the first time next week. I started skiing on a dry slope when I was at school and loved getting out on the slopes whenever I could. It is so addictive, and even though I have been doing it all my life, I never get bored, it is such a great sport.”

Read about dry slope skiing in our blog post here.

Winter Olympian and GB Park and Pipe Snowboarder Aimee Fuller has been a long-term supporter of the initiative: “Both skiing and snowboarding have so much to give socially and are a great way to stay active. If you wanted to consider taking up skiing or snowboarding as a profession, the younger the better, but it's never too late! Being able to start at school is the perfect intro.”

Graham Bell, five-time Olympian and presenter of BBC's Ski Sunday commented: "I wish every child could have the chance to give snowsports a go and enjoy that feeling of sliding down a slope, adrenalin rushing through your body. National Schools Snowsports Week is such a great idea and I hope that those children who get the chance to try it during the week will keep coming back.”  

Slopes participating in National Schools Snowsport Week 2017: 
Ackers Adventure, Birmingham
Alpine Snowsports Centre, Southampton
Alpine Snowsports Centre, Aldershot 
Bracknell Ski and Snowboard Centre 
Chatham Ski and Snowboard Centre 
Chill Factore, Manchester 
Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre
Gosling Ski and Board Centre
Norfolk Snowsports Club
Precise Racing at Brentwood
Plymouth Ski and Snowboard Centre 
Rollerskiing at Dorney Lake, Eaton 
Runcorn Snowsports Centre 
Sandown Snowsports Centre
Silksworth Ski Slope
Skiplex, Basingstoke
Skiplex, Reading
Ski Rossendale
SnowDome, Tamworth 
Snozone Castleford
Snozone Milton Keynes
Stoke Ski Centre
Swadlincote Ski and Snowboard Centre 
The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead and Hemel Ski Racing Club 

To find out more about sessions at each slope visit www.nssw.co.uk

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