On Sunday 17th January 2016, the 5th edition of World Snow Day – the initiative by the International Ski Federation designed to encourage more people, particularly children, to have fun in the snow – will include 625 events in 42 countries.
Some of these will be part of seven nationwide events being staged a ski areas across Austria, Canada, China, Iceland, Latvia, Norway and Poland.
In Norway for example ‘Apen Bakke’ (Open Day) will see 100 resorts open their doors to an estimated 130,000 participants for free skiing and snowboarding whilst in Austria 125 resorts will offering school children the chance to try snow sports for as little as five Euros while in China 20 resorts across the country – increased from five resorts last year – will offer free or discounted passes for children.
Events planned in Scotland include sledging, half-price snow shoe hire and a build a ‘World Snow’ man competition at Nevis Range, while Glencoe Mountain also plans a snowman-building competition, an igloo-building demo, ‘Zibob’ racing for all ages and much more, including free chairlift access for under-16s. CairnGorm Mountain will have Morag the reindeer out on the slopes, where kids can test their skills on a slalom course. Also on offer will be snowboard taster sessions for the tiniest visitors, using CairnGorm’s new stock of Burton Snowboards Riglet equipment which includes boards as small as 70cm, warm Velcro boots and easy bindings.
The Southern Hemisphere will also celebrate with World Snow Day on the sand in Peru and free ski and snowboard lessons on dry slopes in South Africa.