By Ben Moore, Mar 2 2017 10:33AM
Schools in England have just a few weeks left to sign up to free or heavily discounted ski and snowboard activities at over 20 slopes across the country as part of the second National Schools Snowsport Week.
Taking place from 24-30 April, National Schools Snowsport Week is backed by Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards, Dave Ryding and Graham Bell. Its aim is to give pupils at primary and secondary schools, as well as sixth form colleges, the chance to try skiing or snowboarding at heavily discounted prices.
Offers include free one-hour ski and snowboard taster sessions for school groups at the Snowdome in Tamworth, whilst at Runcorn Snowsports Centre the 60-minute taster sessions are just £1. At Skiplex in Reading and Basingstoke and also at Plymouth Ski and Snowboard Centre taster sessions are £5, while The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempsted has one-hour taster sessions for a tenner.
Discounted or free sessions are available to schools at the following slopes during National Schools Snowsport Week:
Ackers Adventure, Birmingham
Alpine Snowsports Centre, Southampton
Alpine Snowsports Centre, Aldershot
Bracknell Ski and Snowboard Centre
Chatham Ski and Snowboard Centre
Chill Factore, Manchester
Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre
Gosling Ski and Board Centre
Precise Racing at Brentwood
Plymouth Ski and Snowboard Centre
Runcorn Snowsports Centre
Sandown Snowsports Centre
Silksworth Ski Slope
Snozone Milton Keynes
Stoke Ski Centre
Swadlincote Ski and Snowboard Centre
The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead and Hemel Ski Racing Club
Slalom skier Dave Ryding, who recently became the first Briton in 35 years to secure an Alpine World Cup podium, says: “I would strongly encourage any teacher who has a slope nearby to get involved in National Schools Snowsport Week and give their pupils the chance to give skiing or snowboarding a go. I started skiing on a dry slope when I was at school, and it is the best thing I have ever done! I loved getting out on the slopes after school and at weekends.”
Schools can join in with whole classes, whole year groups, or a handful of students. Visit www.nssw.co.uk for more details.
And if you’re not convinced you should be encouraging your children to slope off, then read our feature on the benefits http://www.paralleltrails.co.uk/childrens-ski-racing/4593600190