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World Snow Day approaches
Thursday January 14, 2016 - Email this article to a friend

The 5th edition of World Snow Day takes place this weekend. There are 625 events in 42 countries. NEW

It has seven nationwide events where Austria, Canada, China, Iceland, Latvia, Norway, Poland, will stage events throughout their countries. 

We have reported on World Snow Day in the past here on PlanetSKI.

The nationwide events include: 'Apen Bakke' (Open Day) in Norway, where 100 resorts will open their doors to an estimated 130,000 participants for free skiing and snowboarding.

The school snow sports concept in Austria includes 125 resorts offering school children the chance to try snow sports for as little as €5.

In China 20 resorts across the country - increased from five resorts last year - will support free and discounted passes for children.

In addition, World Snow Day in Latvia will break its previous record of 113 events with 143 events set to take place.

The event will have lessons, safety demonstrations and fun races.

The Canadian Ski Patrol World Snow Day will host over 20 events to show children the fun of snow sports with an emphasis on safety.

World Snow Day in Iceland will include seven resorts hosting free or discounted ski passes for families. 

Half price children's lift passes at Serbia's major ski resorts, Mongolia's second World Snow Day with free lessons and passes at Sky Resort Ski Complex, and free lift passes at Sky Tavern (USA) are just a few of the other World Snow Day activities.

Other notable events include a snow festival in Shymbulak on Kazakhstan and the World Cup hosts, Cortina d'Ampezzo in Italy, host a World Snow Day with an abundance of activities.

There will be free ski and snowboard lessons from 43 ski and snowboard schools in Poland.

The Southern Hemisphere will also celebrate with World Snow Day on the sand in Peru and free ski and snowboard lessons in Johannesburg in South Africa.

"We want to make World Snow Day a consistently strong day for snow sports in the calendar. Thanks to the incredible Organisers we now see another year with over 600 events. This places us on the right track to achieve this vision," said the FIS President, Gian Franco Kasper said

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Reporting by the International Ski Federation, FIS.

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