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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

Skiplex, Basingstoke

Skiplex, Readings

Ski Rossendale

SnowDome, Tamworth

Snozone Milton Keynes

Snozone Castleford

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 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