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The event aimed at getting more schoolkids into snowsport is back and hoping to capitalise on interest in next year's Olympics. NEW

Snowsport England has confirmed that National Schools Snowsport Week will take place in April 2018.

The event will run from Monday 23rd April to Sunday 29th, five weeks after the PyeongChang Paralympics conclude.

Dry and indoor slopes and clubs will run free or heavily discounted activities throughout the week, aimed at getting young people from all types of backgrounds the chance to give skiing or snowboarding a go.

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For 2018 Snowsport Wales have joined the initiative and will run sessions at slopes and clubs across Wales.

The 2017 event attracted 77 schools and 2293 young people.

PlanetSKI has covered the event in 2017 and when it launched in 2016.


It's hoped that the 2018 event will encourage even more schools to introduce their pupils to snowsports - whether that be classes, the whole school or individual pupils.

The sessions will be open to primary and secondary schools, as well as sixth form colleges across England.

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"The first two National Schools Snowsport Weeks were hugely successful and we saw children from all types of backgrounds having a go at snowsports," Tim Fawke, Chief Executive of Snowsport England said.

"With many people likely to be watching wintersports for the first time when the Winter Olympics come to our screens, we believe the third edition of the week will attract even more schools and hopefully mean many young people will catch the skiing or snowboarding bug!"

Robin Kellen, Chief Executive of Snowsport Cymru Wales, said "Snowsport Cymru Wales are delighted to be involved with National Schools Snowsports Week," its Chief Executive Robin Kellen said.

"We are really looking forward to using this opportunity to introduce children from across Wales to skiing and snowboarding"

National Schools Snowsport Week is again being backed by two Winter Olympians; British snowboarder Aimee Fuller and British Alpine World Cup skier Dave Ryding.

Delancey British Alpine Team skier Ryding is a big supporter of getting young people into snowsports.

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"I started skiing when I was at school and used to spend hours and hours at my local dry slope," Ryding said.

"It is a great sport for young people and I hope the performances of our British skiers and snowboarders will help inspire more people to give snowsports a go.

"It is great that the week gives children of all ages and all backgrounds the chance to try skiing or snowboarding."

National Schools Snowsport Week is one of Snowsport England's participation campaigns, part of their national initiative Go Ski Go Board.

Visit for details about to get involved with National Schools Snowsport Week.

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