The biggest snowsports festival in the UK is almost here, what activities do you have planned?

There's no better way to get excited for the season than spending the weekend learning about the latest destinations and kit, watching live freestyle and meeting fellow snowsports enthusiast. This year the Telegraph Ski and Snowboard Festival is bigger than ever, but with so much going on it's difficult to know how to best use your day. We pick some of our favourite events and attractions from throughout the weekend to help you maximise your time!

1. Win big at the Ski Club, Stand 613

This year our stand will have a wheel of fortune where you can ‘spin the ski’ to win a variety of prizes including three pairs of top performing models from our ski tests. Spin to win top performers like the Volkl M5 Mantra, the Rossignol Sky 7 HD W, Rossignol Famous 8 and the Elan Ripstick as well as a set of Blizzard Quattro skis. But it's not just skis that are on offer, stash from the likes of Hydro Flask, SMITH, LEKI , Snowsafe, Ski Mojo and Bollé are all in the prize draw, as well as tickets for the Mountains On Stage film tour- meaning that there's a high chance of winning with every spin!

Other top performing skis will also be on display at the stand alongside our team of experts to help you with finding your next ski.

There will be goody bags for existing members with treats from us and our partners, but it's not just existing members that can benefit. New members can join for £67 and take away an Ortovox Powder Rider 16 rucksack worth £85. Staff will be on hand to answer any questions you have about membership and all of our other products, so come along say hello!

2. Get prepared with Avalanche Training

The mountains can be hostile and unpredictable, so The Ski Club is running avalanche training sessions once again to prepare you for the season. You’ll have the chance to learn some potentially life-saving skills with The Ski Club's Safety Advisor, Bruce Goodlad, such as how to use transceivers, shovels and probes to locate somebody in an avalanche. Each session will last around 45 minutes and walk-in spaces are available on a first-come, first served basis. 

Sessions are running every day of the show, more details can be found here.

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3. Enjoy après with Sunset Sons

The Ski Club of Great Britain is hosting a brand new air stream stage for après acts on Friday and Saturday. Located next to Mount Battersea in the heart of the mountain village, the stage will host brilliant performances including the popular Famous First Words event and The Ski Club are presenting the headline act for the weekend on Saturday night, popular après band, Sunset Sons. Born into the acoustic après scene in Western France, the band will bring you an energetic, uplifting and fun-filled performance. You don’t even need to find your skis afterwards!

To add to the après atmosphere we want to see the best retro gear to fill the crowd during the band’s performance on the Ski Club of Great Britain Stage. Prizes will be awarded on the night for the best dressed from our generous partners, so fix up, look sharp, boogie down and win big. Dig out those old one-piece ski jackets and let’s rock it 80s style!

4. Meet Olympian Chemmy Alcott

If you want to know what it takes to be an Olympian, former World Cup alpine ski racer and Honorary President of The Ski Club, Chemmy Alcott, will be at our stand on Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. Come along to quiz her on her snowsports journey from race training on dry slopes to competing in four Olympics, or any other aspect of her career in competitive skiing.  

5. Watch real snowsports on Mount Battersea

Although there are no actual mountains, a 50-foot jump covered in real snow will provide a spectacular focal point to the festival. Hosting freestyle competitions and interviews, you’ll have a chance to see some eye-watering tricks performed by professional athletes and commentary from BBC Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Games presenter Tim Warwood. Mount Battersea will host a Q & A with Olympic athletes including Aimee Fuller, Billy Morgan, Katie Ormerod and more. You can also watch Skiers vs. Snowboards and the Planks Grassroots finale on Sunday afternoon. Cheering is compulsory!

6. Dog sledding in the park

New for 2018, visitors have the opportunity to go dog sledding around Battersea Park, joining a team of friendly pooches for an autumn adventure. The dogs have been trained from a young age and love nothing more than running together in the park. This activity is fun for all the family and will operate on a first come, first served basis. 

7. Snow+Rock climbing wall

Another new activity for 2018 is the digital climbing wall hosted by Snow+Rock. The grips on the wall light up, inviting keen climbers of all ages to get involved with challenges and competitions. Music and sounds make the climbing experience an exciting new addition to the festival. 

See you there!

For tickets and more information head to the Telegraph Ski and Snowboard Festival Website.