Scotland’s six real snow ski areas are joining in the World Snow Day fun this Sunday (January 22).
World SnowDay is a global initiative organised by the International Ski Federation (FIS) as part of their “Bring the Children to the Snow” campaign; in Scotland there are also events for adults as well as children. There are competitions, races, taster sessions, equipment testing, safety demos, sledging, tubing, après-ski, sled dogs and even the chance to learn how to build an igloo!
Ski and snowboard taster sessions are aimed at complete beginners and include equipment, instruction and lift ticket and must be booked in advance. Costs vary from £25 per person for half a day at Nevis Range and the Lecht to £5 per hour at Glenshee. And CairnGorm Mountain is even offering 50 taster sessions completely free, as competition prizes! There are also improver sessions for just £10 at Nevis Range, and free Race Training for kids at Glencoe Mountain.
Races and competitions include fun races for kids at Glencoe, kids and adults at Nevis Range, a fun dual slalom for kids and juniors on skis or boards at Glenshee, snow sculpture and snowman building competitions at Glenshee, Nevis Range and Glencoe and even a “World Snow Wear – dress to impress” competition at Nevis Range. Glenshee and the Lecht at Alford will be offering tubing while Glencoe and SNO!zone in Glasgow, where snow is guaranteed, are offering free sledging sessions.
Demonstrations include ski and snowboard equipment tests at Glenshee and Glencoe, with safety and avalanche/backcountry demos/training at Glenshee, Nevis Range and Glencoe. There are also fun demos including “how to build an igloo” at Glencoe and sled dog demos at Glenshee.
Full details of all these events, including the all-important times and booking information are on www.ski-scotland.com All events are of course snow- and weather dependent.