23 June 2019 from Danielle in Latest news

National Schools Snowsports Week was started in 2016 by Snowsport England with the aim of introducing children to skiing and snowboarding. This year National Schools Snowsport Week will take place from June 24-30, during which indoor slopes will offer discounted skiing and free taster sessions to students across the country.

First-timers welcome

Skiing and snowboarding are a great way for children to get active and get outside while gaining an appreciate for sports and fresh air. National Schools Snowsport Week has the double mission of introducing novices to skiing and snowboarding, as well as allowing young people who already ski or snowboard to try new versions of the sports, like racing, freestyle or skier/boarder cross. In its first year, National Schools Snowsport Week introduced 1066 children to snow sports. Last year, the campaign managed to reach out to almost 3500 students. It's hoped the campaign will inspire young people to find a hobby for life.

Indoor slopes offering discounts

Indoor slopes across the country will work together with schools and youth groups to show that skiing and snowboarding don't have to be prohibitively expensive sports. Facilities such as Skieasy in London and the SnowDome in Tamworth are offering free ski and snowboard lessons for beginners during National School Snowsport Week. And it's not just skiing and snowboarding - the Stoke Ski Centre is offering discounts on slope tubing, while the Chill Factore is organising a day filled with a go in the snow park, climbing wall and a ski taster session. For schools wishing to develop a racing team, Stoke is also offering a discounted race training session. For the full list of discounts, see the National Schools Snowsport Week webpage.

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Born and raised in the ski paradise of Vancouver, Canada, I learned to ski before I can remember, balancing precariously on my parents’ skis as they sailed down the hill. I started snowboarding in my teens and am now delighted to be exploring everything Europe’s ski scene has to offer!