SIGB UPDATES / EVENTS

Slide 2017 Online Registration Goes Live

Posted on 10/11/16 by Rare Management

With snow on the highest Scottish hills and in the Alps, winter has heralded its arrival and the wintersport industry is looking forward with anticipation to the season ahead.

Visitor registration for the UK’s national actionsport trade show, Slide, which takes place from 24-26 January 2017 at The International Centre in Telford, is now live online http://www.slideuk.co.uk/visitor-tickets/. Visitors are urged to prepare now by taking advantage of preferential hotel rates that have been negotiated. Booking info is here: http://www.slideuk.co.uk/hotels/

 Almost 80 companies, representing around 200 different brands, have booked up for Slide, to show their products for next winter. Visitors can contact exhibitors to make appointments through the exhibitor listing http://www.slideuk.co.uk/exhibitor-list/

Confirmed exhibitors have filled 90% of the space available at Slide, but there’s still a good choice of stand locations and sizes on offer for exhibitors who want to take advantage of reaching all the key snowsport buyers under one roof.

Booking forms and current floorplans are on the website here: http://www.slideuk.co.uk/exhibitor-booking/ or potential exhibitors can contact Slide organisers direct on slide@raremanagement.co.uk

 In addition to the biggest range of wintersport products in the UK, Slide also plays host to the SIGB AGM and Open Forum after the show closes on Wednesday 25th Jan, where all aspects of the trade are up for discussion. The ‘best in show’ Slide Awards are also announced/presented during this gathering, as is the announcement of the SIGB Foundation Award – funding awarded to the most deserving snowsport charity.

The evening of Tuesday 24th January will see a re-match at Ten Pin Telford. While competition is fierce for some, most just enjoy throwing a few bowls, socialising with friends and colleagues and making the most of the low cost drinks and complementary food.

Further information on the show is available on the slide website: http://www.slideuk.co.uk

Shaping the Future of Snowsport: Snowsport England invites all to 2016 Club and Facilities Conference

Posted on 18/05/16 by Rare Management

Snowsport clubs, slopes, and a range of other skiing and snowboarding organisations from across the country will come together this June to help shape the future of snowsports at Snowsport England’s annual Clubs and Facilities Conference.

Held on Tuesday 7th June 2016 at Sportpark in Loughborough, industry partners who want to have a say in how domestic snowsports can be developed, and has ideas on how the country’s clubs and facilities can play even more of a role are invited to attend.

The day is a chance to network, share ideas and best practice, as well as discussing or simply listening into discussions about future initiatives and campaigns. The Conference will also give organisations the chance to hear about how the imminent changes in government funding of sport and the possible impact on snowsports.

Highlights of the 2016 Conference include an update from Sport England, which will focus on their new strategy for sport, funding and youth segmentation followed by a discussion on how the snowsports industry can capitalise on these changes. Followed by a networking lunch, the afternoon will see young talented athletes address the room, before an update from Snowsport England on future activities and a chance to explore how the industry can work together to increase snowsports participation.

Jan Doyle from Snowsport England, said of the day: “The Club and FacilitIes Conference is as always a key date in the Snowsport England calendar. It is one of the few opportunities when all our key stakeholders come together to discuss how we can move forward as an industry and work together to help shape the future of our industry. We invite all clubs, slopes and other interested parties to attend.”

As well as clubs, artificial slopes and indoor snow centres, anyone interested in attending the Club and Facility Conference can register HERE. The day begins at 9.30am and is complimentary for Snowsport England stakeholders.

Conclusion of British Schoolgirls Races 2016

Posted on 27/01/16 by Rare Management

The second and final day of the British Schoolgirls races saw the Slalom race taking place on the Celiste piste before the evening Awards Ceremony. Over two fantastic days of racing, the sun was shining both days, bringing smiles to the faces of all 132 girls.

BSR Slalom

In today’s Slalom, the overall prize was won by Under 16 racer Cerys Gorringe from NLCS A, in second place was Alexandra Lilywhite from Reeds A and Genevieve Baird from Loretto A took third.

Overall winner Cerys Gorringe said: “I was so happy I could win something for my school as that was the most important thing for me. Even though I have been training really hard this year, it was still a complete surprise to beat so many girls older than me. I had hoped to do well, but I didn’t expect to do as well as I did.

“I still do some training at Snozone Milton Keynes on Sunday’s and during the school holidays, but I can’t take much time off from school. During the holidays I will train in Val d’Isere and in the summer and autumn with the Kandahar Ski Club.”

The Best Overall School prize went to Reeds A with NLCS A finishing in second and Aiglon A in third. The prize for the best unregistered team was won by St Marys Ascot A with Wycombe Abbey A taking second spot and Godolphin & Latymer A in third.

Taking the age group wins for the registered racers was Emma Peters from Aiglon A for the U21s, Alexandra Lilywhite for the U18s, Cerys Gorringe for the U16s and Giselle Gorringe for the U14s.

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Giselle (left) and Cerys (right) Gorringe

 

For the unregistered racers, many of whom don’t ski race regularly, Alice Taylor from St Mary’s Ascot A took top spot for the U21s, Gabriella Jabre from St Mary’s Ascot was the winner for the U18s, Sophia Dyvlk Henke from Godolphin & Latymer won for the U16s and Madeline Points from Wycombe Abbey A took the win for the U14s.

BSR Giant Slalom

The results from yesterday’s GS were also announced at the Awards Ceremony. Taking the overall GS prize was British Team racer Genevieve Baird from Loretto A, with Cerys Gorringe from NLCS A taking second and Giselle Gorringe also from NLCS A taking third.

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Genevieve Baird

 

Overall winner Genevieve Baird said: “I am very very happy with my GS result. I could have done better in the slalom, but GS is definitely my stronger discipline. The girls who beat me in the slalom are great skiers though, so I am really happy. I am hoping to keep on progressing. I have the English Alpine Champs in a few weeks, so hopefully will score some points there. It is so nice to race with teammates and to be with the other girls and enjoy the experience together. Its nice to talk about it at school and bring back memories.”

Taking the age group wins for the registered racers were Emma Peters from Aiglon A for the U21s, Genevieve Baird for the U18s, Cerys Gorringe for the U16s and Giselle Gorringe for the U14s.

For the unregistered racers, the winners were Alice Taylor from St Mary’s Ascot A for the U21s, Joanna Kalderon from Godolphin & Latymer A for the U18s, Storm Halstrop from Downe House A for the U16s and Lucia Guiterrez from Francis Holland A for the U14s.

Loretto A took the GS Shield for the Best School, with NLCS A in second and Aiglon A in third. The prize for the best unregistered team was won by Godolphin & Latymer A with St Marys Ascot A taking second spot and Wycombe Abbey A in third.

BSR Parallel Slalom

In the Parallel Slalom, the Ladies’ Ski Club Junior Challenge Cup was won by Surbiton High A with Reeds A taking second place.

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Surbiton High A

 

BSR Combined

There are also Combined prizes (the GS and Slalom times combined together) across all age categories. The overall Combined winner was Genevieve Baird from Loretto A, with Cerys Gorringe from NLCS A taking second and Alexandra Lilywhite from Reeds A taking third.

Taking the age group wins for the registered racers were Emma Peters from Aiglon A for the U21s, Genevieve Baird for the U18s, Cerys Gorringe for the U16s and Giselle Gorringe for the U14s.

For the unregistered racers, the winners were Alice Taylor from St Mary’s Ascot A for the U21s, Joanna Kalderon from Godolphin & Latymer A for the U18s, Storm Halstrop from Downe House A for the U16s and Madeline Points from Wycombe Abbey A for the U14s.

NLCS A took the Combined top spot for the Best School, with Loretto A in second and Aiglon A in third. The prize for the best unregistered team was won by St Marys Ascot A with Godolphin & Latymer taking second spot and Wycombe Abbey A in third.

The Best B Team went to Surbiton High B with Reeds B in second and Godolphin & Latymer B in third.

The British Schoolgirls’ Races have not only produced some of Britain’s best alpine skiing talent, they also play a vital role in giving aspiring racers the chance to be part of well-organised on snow races, which is important for growing confidence and giving the young racers valuable competitive experience.

For 2016, the British Schoolgirls’ Races will be supported by Gold Partner, Skiplex (www.skiplex.co.uk) and Silver Partners, Ski Club of Great Britain (www.skiclub.co.uk), UVEX www.uvex-safety.co.uk, (www.mindthegapyear.com), Basecamp (www.basecampgroup.com), JDX (www.jdxconsulting.com) and MPI (www.mpibrokers.com).

All results can be found on www.britishschoolgirlsraces.co.uk shortly and you can follow BSR updates on @BSRaces on Twitter or British Schoolgirls Races on Facebook .

Slide Awards 2016 – The Winners!

Posted on 22/01/16 by Rare Management

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The Slide Awards recognise the hottest products for the 2016/17 winter season and acknowledge innovation in snowsports across three categories: Hardware, Software and Accessories. The awards are voted for by SIGB retail members, press and industry opinion leaders.

Slide 2016, which is showcasing next winter’s snowsports products for the first time, is organised by the Snowsport Industries of Great Britain (SIGB) and plays a key role in the retailer’s buying process as well as giving the snowsports trade first views of products from more than 220 brands.

Hardware: 

Brand: Lange

Product: XT 130 Freetour ski boot

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The Lange XT 130 Freetour ski boot was recognised as the stand out product in the Hardware category. The boot is lighter than an alpine boot, but despite having the same performance as a downhill boot, it has a range of ‘Freetour’ features including an ultra grip sole and pin binding inserts.

Scott Dobson from Lange said: “From Lange’s point of view this is a great accolade. We are happy that the judges have acknowledged the effort we have put in to develop ski boots over the last seven years. Lange is a premium boot brand and we feel that in the XT 130 Freetour we have a premium product that occupies the space between freeride and touring, a growing area of the market”.

 

Software: 

Brand: Head

Product: Quantum Jacket

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In the Software category, the Head Quantum Jacket was recognised for its innovative breathable outerwear. The EXO Phase technology sees near seam free construction and an advanced warp knitting technique means that breathability can be tailored to different parts of the body. In the Quantum jacket, open structures are positioned under the arms and centre of the back.

Matt Humphreys from Head said: “As a relative newcomer to the apparel market, it’s great that our technical innovations and products are recognised by the market.”

 

Accessories: 

Brand: Dragon Alliance

Product: Dragon X1 Goggle

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The Dragon X1 goggle features ‘Transitions’ lenses, which automatically change tints in response to changing sunlight and weather conditions. This technological innovation meant Dragon Alliance took the win in the accessories category. The ‘game changing goggle’ also combines the patented ‘Frameless Lens Technology’, pushing the versatility of the goggles to the next level.

Craig Smith at Dragon Alliance said: “As a brand with very core roots, it is great to be recognised for the second time this season by the wider wintersports market. The feedback we get from existing and new customers at Slide drives our continued investment in technical innovation such as our partnership with Transitions.”

British Schoolgirls Races return to Flaine in 2016

Posted on 09/12/15 by Rare Management

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The British Schoolgirls’ Races will return to Flaine for the 57th time this season, taking place on 25th & 26th January 2016.

The two-day event, which features racers from over 35 schools across the UK, is an important part of the British Alpine racing calendar, and has historically proved to be a breeding ground for young British talent, with Olympian Chemmy Alcott and Paralympic sight guide Charlotte Evans being previous competitors.

The British Schoolgirls’ Races have not only produced some of Britain’s best alpine skiing talent, they also play a vital role in giving aspiring racers the chance to be part of well-organised on snow races, which is important for growing confidence and giving the young racers valuable competitive experience.

The event is open to all UK schools and has racers from a range of age groups, including under 14s, under 16s and under 18s. All age groups compete in GS and Slalom races, and there is also the chance for schools to go head to head in Parallel Slalom – the most exciting race of the two days.

With most athletes arriving in time for the training day on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday are full days of racing on the Calcite piste, with the final day culminating in the prize giving. As well as prizes for all races and age categories, there is also a bumper draw with prizes from all the British Schoolgirls’ Races sponsors.

British Schoolgirls’ Races organiser Anne Taylor said ahead of the event: “It is fantastic to see so many schools and so many aspiring young female racers heading out to Flaine for the Races. They are a fantastic place for the girls to get a true feeling for what real Alpine racing feels like, as well as it being a fun event for all involved.

“The two days are jam packed with racing, which the girls thrive on, but for spectators it is also a really social event with the race pistes being easy to access on foot or on skis. We are looking forward to returning to Flaine again in 2016 and we also owe a huge thank-you to all our partners and supporters who help make the event happen.”

For 2016, the British Schoolgirls’ Races will be supported by Gold Partner, Skiplex and Silver Partners, Ski Club of Great Britain, UVEX, ​MTGY, Basecamp and MPI.

Photo: Yoan Marot

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch visits Chatham Ski & Snowboard Centre

Posted on 07/12/15 by Rare Management

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch visited Chatham Ski & Snowboard Centre last Friday where she met GB Paralympic Games gold medalist Charlotte Evans and English Park and Pipe skier Mike Rowlands, along with 30 pupils and teachers from Hempstead Junior School in Medway.

A keen skier herself, Tracey Crouch was impressed by the slope skills of the young skiers and wowed by the tricks of rising talent Mike Rowlands. She also learnt more about Snowsport England’s national snowsports programme, GO SKI GO BOARD, and the impact it has had on participation at UK slopes.

The Sports Minister’s visit followed the government’s pledge of increased funding for sport in the UK in the Autumn Statement, which was a timely announcement for a sport which has seen a rise in participation since the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.

Tracey Crouch said on the day: “What we want is for people to have access to any sport they want to participate in, and that may well be a sport like skiing or snowboarding.

“It was great to meet Charlotte (Evans) and Mike (Rowlands), who is on the pathway to success in freestyle skiing. These are the guys who have started their trade here, and who have carried it on. I think it is brilliant, and it really does inspire the next generation to get involved and see it is on their doorstep.

“The cost of snowsports really is reasonable. You can come and ski here for just £6 and that includes all your equipment. I think skiing is an accessible sport and there really aren’t any barriers. People think they have to go away to do it, and it may be a costly affair, but what we are seeing is more people doing skiing and snowboarding on artificial slopes. This is what the success of Chatham is all about.

“I think it is really important to get people to use their local slopes. It is a great activity for schools, and something that can be done as an entire class. Certainly when I learnt to ski, we went down to the slope as a class, and learnt to ski and to fall over together. Getting children in when they are young and developing that love for it as well as developing commitment and determination is key.”

For more information about Snowsport England visit www.snowsportengland.org.uk, like Snowsport England on Facebook or follow @SnowsportEng on Twitter. For more information about GO SKI GO BOARD visit www.goskigoboard.org.uk.

Entries open for 20th English Alpine Championships in Bormio

Posted on 04/11/15 by Rare Management

Next February over 350 of the best English Alpine skiers will descend on Bormio, Italy for the 20th English Alpine Championships.

In what is set to be a week of top class racing and skiing camaraderie, top English skiers, ranging from Under 10s up to senior athletes, will battle out to become crowned English Champions across six days of racing in the famous Italian resort.

The Championships run from Saturday 13th to Friday 19th February 2016, commencing with the spectacular Opening Parade on the Saturday evening in the centre of Bormio. New for 2016 is the introduction of a FIS Super Combined race on the Thursday, and the Team Parallel Slalom returns on the Tuesday night under the floodlights, after two hugely successful years.

Organised by Snowsport England, entries to the Championships are now open across six categories: Senior, Junior, U16, U14, U12 and U10. Entry details can be found on the new English Alpine Championships website.

The English Alpine Championships continue to feature the rising stars of Alpine skiing in England, previously acting as a platform for the likes of Chemmy Alcott and Dave Ryding. A key event on the Alpine calendar, the Championships give athletes a fantastic opportunity to gain professional racing experience on world-class race pistes.

Snowsport England Chief Executive Tim Fawke said of the event: “We have moved from five days of racing back to six, which we hope will mean the Championships flow even better than in previous years. We have also introduced a Super Combined event for the first time, which is always an exciting event for the racers and supporters.

“We are delighted to be back in Bormio for the 8th time and celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Championships. Bormio are incredible hosts and we look forward to racing again on the resort’s world-class pistes.”

For athletes and supporters, there will be the chance to test the latest Rossignol skis during the week. A range of skis will be available for testing at the bottom of the Alpina piste.

Snowsport England would like to thank the continued sponsorship and support of the event by main sponsors Rossignol, Vital and prize sponsors Ski Bartletts, Ski Bitz Ski Racing Supplies and

 

English Alpine Championships 2016 – Programme:

 

Saturday 13th February

Opening parade (p.m.)

 

Sunday 14th February

FIS NJR Slalom (U21/U18) (Stelvio)

U14/U16 Giant Slalom (Alpina)

 

Monday 15th February

FIS Slalom (Stelvio)

U10/U12 Giant Slalom (Alpina)

 

Tuesday 16th February

FIS NJR Giant Slalom  (U21/U18) (Alpina)

U14/U16 Super G (Stelvio)

Floodlit team Parallel Dual Slalom (Stelvio)

 

Wednesday 17th February

FIS Giant Slalom (Alpina)

U16/U14 Super G (Stelvio)

 

Thursday 18th February

FIS Super Combined (Stelvio)

U10/U12 Combi (Alpina)

 

Friday 19th February

FIS Super G (Stelvio)

U14/U16 Slalom (Alpina)

 

Photo: Racer Ready

Slide 2016 – online visitor registration now open

Posted on 03/11/15 by Rare Management

Slide, the wintersport tradeshow taking place at the Telford International Centre from 19-21 January 2016, run by SIGB (Snowsport Industries of GB) has had a strong start, with sales of stands on a par with last year, which represented a big expansion from the previous several years.

Lesley Beck, show organiser reflected, ‘For many specialist suppliers, Slide is a must-attend show, so they book as soon as possible to ensure they have the right stand space. With two and a half months to go, it’s realistic to anticipate that Slide will sell out again this year.’

As well as many regular exhibitors, there are a number of new ones and some returning to the show after an absence. Newcomers include Melon Optics, Big Balls Collective, Blitz Eyewear, Sunnycam and K-nit, while exhibitors returning after an absence include Man O’Leisure, Dirty Dog and Oakley.

The biggest increase in stand size from the last show is Poc who have more than doubled the size of their previous stand, but Columbia, The Riders Lounge, Buff, CMP, K2 and Lyon Equipment have all booked additional space to showcase their brands more effectively.

Online Visitor Registration Open – retailers, media and other industry aficionados can now register online for free access to Slide here

Full information on the show, such as opening times, exhibitor list with contact details and deals on hotel accommodation are also on the Slide website.

 Current exhibitors:

Amer Sports, Salomon, Atomic / Arctic Fox / ASI Ltd / Barts / Bergans of Norway / Big Balls Collective / Black Diamond / Blitz Active Eyewear / Bolle, Cébé / Buff® Headwear / CMP / Columbia, Sorel / Dahu / Dakine / Dare 2b / Dirty Dog Eyewear / Dynastar, Lange, Look UK / Faction, Roxy / Falke / Fall-Line / First Ascent (UK) Ltd / Fischer / Groove Armada Ltd / Head UK / Hestra / Hytrade / Intelligent Retail / K-nit / K2 Ski / K2 Snowboard, Ride / Kastle / Killtec / Kymira Sport / Line, Full Tilt / Lyon Equipment / Madison / Man O’Leisure Ltd / Manbi, Salice, Olang / Marchon Sports / Melon Optics / Mountain Boot Company / Noble Custom, Ortovox / Nordica, Tecnica, Lowa, Point 6 / Oakley UK / Odlo / Patagonia / Picture / Planks Clothing / Poc / PrAna / Protest / Reusch UK / Rojo / Rosker Ltd / Rossignol / Scott Sports / Sidas UK / SnoKart / Steiner Outdoor / Sunnycam / Superfeet UK / Sweet Protection / Teko, Dynafit, BCA / Telegraph Ski & Snowboard / The Riders Lounge / Thirtytwo / Thule / Tran Am Ltd / Trespass / Ultra Sport EU / Völkl, Marker, Dalbello / Wigwam / Zeal Optics

 

British Indoor Snowboard and Freeski Champs 2015; the fountain of youth!

Posted on 13/10/15 by Rare Management

With the British Snowboard and Freeski Championships announced to be returning to the freestyle mecca of Laax this coming April, there was an added buzz of excitement as the 2015 Indoor Championship began at its home in Manchester. With a nationwide field, including a raft of young prodigal talent, there were plenty of competitors who wanted to put themselves in the picture for a possible overall crown when we return to Switzerland.

Carrying on from last year’s breakout year for the youth categories, it was once again the under 12s and under 16s who stole the show. With many of the young riders sessioning the rail gardens of their local indoor or dry slopes every week, they were totally at home amongst the expertly shaped features laid on by the Chill Factore team.

Whilst youth may have been the buzzword of the day, none were more youthful than 4 year old snowboarder Travis Henderson. Possibly the youngest ever competitor at any British Championship, Travis even managed to score a 4th position in the under 12s division, and become the first “must watch” athlete for 2030 Winter Olympics selection!

In the overall Snowboard contest, after the field had been brutally cut through the elimination zones, the final 6 men, and 4 women put on an incredible show. The biggest features on the course forced the riders to test their mettle, and new champions Jake Binnee and Cerys Allen showed theirs in style with a barrage of bangers on the daunting cannon rail. With Jake taking out the win, it was a battle of the stylish young guns, as Scott Walsh took the advantage and the silver medal ahead of rail demon Will Gilmore, who picked up his 2nd bronze in as many years. Behind Cerys, Jade Walsh grabbed the second step of the podium by constantly improving her hits through each zone, whilst Luci Winnard booked her 3rd place with some creative and diverse shredding.

Following the snowboard masterclass, it was the turn of the skiers to push the limits of what can be achieved indoors even higher. The final zone was a battle between some outrageous technical trickery, and those who wanted to go huge. In the final minutes of the jam Callum Welch managed to combine the two with a huge 10m gap to pretzel 270 on the gas pipe, and with a barrage of other hammers, he took the overall crown from Justin Taylor-Tipton in 2nd and Row Emery in 3rd. Millie Wilkinson’s clinical technicality and consistency made her the Women’s Indoor Champion, closely followed by Kirsty Muir, who showed skills far beyond her age of just 11. Thea Fenwick grabbed third spot on a podium stacked with talent.

British Indoor Snowboard Champions 2015
OPEN MEN – 1st JAKE BINNEE, 2nd SCOTT WALSH, 3rd WILL GILMORE
OPEN WOMEN – 1st CERYS ALLEN, 2nd JADE WALSH, 3rd LUCI WINNARD
U16 MEN – 1st Scott Walsh, 2nd Josh Cook, 3rd Harry Waite
U16 WOMEN – 1st Cerys Allen, 2nd Jade Walsh, 3rd Luci Winnard
U12 MEN – 1st Lewis Hopkinson, 2nd Liam Tynan, 3rd Sam Dunn
U12 WOMEN – 1st Mia Brookes, 2nd Nicole Haines, 3rd Anya Allen

British Indoor Freeski Champions 2015
OPEN MEN – 1st CALLUM WELCH, 2nd JUSTIN TALYOR-TIPTON, 3rd ROW EMERY
OPEN WOMEN – 1st MILLIE WILKINSON, 2nd KIRSTY MUIR, 3rd THEA FENWICK
U16 MEN – Comp cancelled due to injury
U16 WOMEN – 1st Jodie Grant, 2nd Millie Wilkinson, 3rd Thea Fenwick
U12 MEN – 1st Bradley Fry, 2nd Sam Annis, 3rd Fynnlay Loupis
U12 WOMEN – 1st Kirsty Muir, 2nd Lara Shaw, 3rd Grace Harrison

Attention is now focused on the overall British Championships staged at The BRITS Festival in Laax from April 3rd – 10th 2016. Packages are online. Go to www.the-brits.com for all details on The BRITS Festival.

30 Days of Snowsport campaign is on a roll!

Posted on 12/10/15 by Rare Management

As Snowsport England’s 30 Days of Snowsport passes its mid-point, 29 events across the country have already celebrated the up and coming winter season, and offered a range of snowsport opportunities for all.

From rollerski taster sessions in York to free skiing for students in Southampton to a This Girl Can roadshow in Bracknell, the campaign has created a buzz about snowsports at slopes and towns across the UK in a bid to get more people into skiing and snowboarding.

With 13 days and 28 events left to go, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved across England, and come and have a go at either skiing or snowboarding – whether a complete beginner or seasoned snowsports enthusiast.

Last weekend saw alpine racers from schools across England descend on Norfolk Ski Club for the ESSKIA National Schools Ski Championships finals, whilst up in Manchester at Chill Factore, it was the British Indoor Snowboard & Freeski Championships. Rounding off the weekend’s events saw the Oatcake Jam at Ski Kidsgrove and popular free taster sessions at SkiPlex Reading and Basingstoke.

Coming up this weekend is the 30 Days of Snowsport Open Day at Ackers Adventure in Birmingham (Sunday), Beginner Weekend at Snozone in Milton Keynes and Castleford (all weekend), The Big Bang Snowboard Show at SnowDome Tamworth (all weekend) and the Rob George Charity Jam at Stoke Ski Centre (Saturday).

Snowsport England Ambassadors, all of whom are part of the English Alpine or Park + Pipe Squads, are also touring the country at different 30 Days of Snowsport events, spreading the word about how addictive skiing and snowboarding is. At the ESSKIA Finals last weekend, Freya Eaton, Daniel Barton and Jacob Hallet were meeting and answering young racers questions, whilst at The Brits, Will Feneley was telling his story of how he got into freestyle.

Snowsport England Participation Development Officer Will McGlynn said: “We have seen a lot of online activity and press coverage for our 30 Days of Snowsport events, which have created a great buzz about both individual events and the overall campaign. Even better, we have seen new people giving snowsports a try at many of the events and we’re excited to see this trend continue at events until the end of October! We will now work closely with the centres through national participation programme GO SKI GO BOARD to ensure these people come back and try skiing or snowboarding again, and again, and again!”

For more information about 30 Days of Snowsport and all the different events, visit the website www.goskigoboard.org.uk/30Days or get involved with the campaign on social media using #30DaysofSnowsport on the Snowsport England Facebook or Twitter (@SnowsportEng) pages.

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