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Wednesday May 4, 2016 - Email this article to a friend

National Schools Snowsport Week is declared a success by its organisers with 149 schools taking part.

The event aimed to introduce and encourage more children to participate in snowsports.

Schoolchildren across the country tried skiing or snowboarding either for free or at low cost at 21 indoor and outdoor slopes.

It followed on from of the national snowsports participation campaign, GO SKI GO BOARD, which was started by Snowsport England in 2013.

The campaign included free taster sessions at most slopes as well as low cost recreational slope time.

There were several events aimed at schools, including the ERSA Schools Race at Suffolk Ski Centre and the Independent Schools Association Championships at The Snow Centre.

Kicking off the week was a launch event aimed at raising the profile of the project, with National Schools Snowsport Week ambassadors, Stacey Solomon, and GB snowboarder, Aimee Fuller, showing local children how it was done.

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PlanetSKI was at its launch last month - see here for our report from the time.

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The new initiative was supported by Visit Andorra as title sponsor and destination partner of choice, as well as school tour operator Equity, who offer affordable skiing to schools aimed at developing confidence in young people.

The invaluable contribution by both sponsors made for a busy, high profile week and meant each child who took part in the week went away with a goody bag for their efforts.

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NSSW at Chatham Ski & Snowboard CentreNSSW at Chatham Ski & Snowboard Centre




















"2016's National Schools Snowsport Week has exceeded our expectations by a long way. By signing up 21 slopes to the initiative and getting over a thousand children involved we have beaten all targets, and more importantly given the snowsports bug to hundreds of children across the country. A big thanks goes out to all the schools, slopes and volunteers involved. We definitely plan to do the same again next year but even bigger and better!" said the Chairman of Snowsport England's Youth Development Committee, Dominic McGonigal.

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The success of the inaugural week will act as a springboard for future events, with plans already in place to run National Schools Snowsport Week again in April 2017.

For more information about the overall campaign, visit the official website

Schools are also able to sign up for Schools Membership of Snowsport England by visiting 

NSSW at the Snowdome, TamworthNSSW at the Snowdome, Tamworth













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NSSW ISA Championships, The Snow CentreNSSW ISA Championships, The Snow Centre















Slopes that participated in National Schools Snowsports Week 2016:

Ackers Adventure, Birmingham

Alpine Snowsports Centre, Southampton 

Bracknell Ski and Snowboard Centre

Chatham Ski and Snowboard Centre

Chill Factore, Manchester

Gosling Ski and Board Centre

Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre

Impulse Racing (at The Snow Centre, Hemel)

Mendip Snowsports Centre

Plymouth Ski and Snowboard Centre

Silksworth Ski Slope, Sunderland

Ski Rossendale

Ski Torquay

Skiplex Chiswick

Skiplex Reading

Skiplex Basingstoke

SnowDome, Tamworth

Stoke Ski and Snowboard Centre

Suffolk Ski Centre

Swadlincote Ski and Snowboard Centre

The Snow Centre/ Hemel Ski Race Club

See here for the main PlanetSKI news page with all the latest stories from the world of snowsports.

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