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By Ben Moore, Sep 12 2017 02:21PM

Ollie Turner-Moore in race action at Brentwood Dry Ski Slope
Ollie Turner-Moore in race action at Brentwood Dry Ski Slope
Seb Turner-Moore in regional race action
Seb Turner-Moore in regional race action

A country-wide scheme, to get more people to try out skiing and snowboarding at their local dry slope or indoor ski centre, will run for a fourth time next month.

Snowsport England's 30 Days of Snowsport is returning to slopes up and down England from 2nd to 31st October. The aims of the initiative is to give people a taste of skiing and snowboarding - particularly those who have never tried snowsports before - and get people to hit the slopes and get excited about the Winter Olympics in 2018.

So far there are 45 sessions on offer across many of the major slopes including The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead, Snozone Castleford and Milton Keynes, the SnowDome in Tamworth, Silksworth Ski Slope in Sunderland, Bracknell Ski Centre and Ski Kidsgrove in Staffordshire. More clubs and slopes are expected to join the initiative, with many of them running free or discounted taster and recreational sessions during the 30 days.

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As well as taster sessions, 30 Days of Snowsport events also include open days, races, competitions and freestyle events. These sessions are fun, family-friendly and open to all ages, with many of them suitable for beginners and those looking to take up a new sport. For people who already ski or snowboard, there will be a chance to get the ski legs back or have a go at something different - whether that is freestyle, ski racing or another discipline.

Snowsport England will be announcing plans of a Winter Olympics initiative later this month, as well as confirming the continuation of National Schools Snowsport Week in 2018.

Parallel Trails knows just how beneficial regular skiing on dry slopes can be. The teenage members of the site - 15-year-old Seb and 13-year-old Ollie - both train and race throughout the year on their local dry slope at the Bowles Outdoor Centre in East Sussex. Here's why it's a good idea to encourage your children to slope off...