A brand new initiative from Snowsport England aimed at encouraging more schools to introduce their pupils to snowsports will run this winter at 21 slopes across England.
'National Schools Snowsport Week sponsored by Visit Andorra', which is being backed by Winter Olympians Aimee Fuller and Graham Bell, will run at indoor and artificial slopes across the country from 22 - 29 April 2016.
Throughout the week there will be a range of events at different slopes including taster ski and snowboard sessions for all pupils, alternative snow activities such as tobogganing and tubing and even freestyle or racing taster sessions at some slopes.
Some activities will be free and others will be offered to schools at affordable prices. There are also expected to be guest appearances from snowsports stars and celebrities throughout the week.
The new national initiative, which will bring thousands of pupils into skiing and snowboarding, is being backed by Visit Andorra. As destination partner of choice for National Schools Snowsports Week, Andorra is the perfect destination for school trips and activities.
The activities at different slopes are open to all school ages and to any school keen to get involved. Schools can join in with whole classes, whole year groups, or even with just a handful of students. They can find all the information about how they can get involved and which slopes are participating in National Schools Snowsport Week at nssw.co.uk
Graham Bell, five-time Olympian and presenter of BBC's Ski Sunday said of National Schools Snowsports Week: "There is nothing better than standing on a ski slope, the adrenalin rushing through your body as you start your descent - whether that is in the Alps or on an artificial ski slope.
"I wish every child could have the chance to give snowsports a go and enjoy that feeling, which is why National Schools Snowsports Week is such a great idea. Not only will children from a range of backgrounds get to give skiing or snowboarding a go, at some slopes there are ski racing taster sessions, so we might even find our next Winter Olympic Champion!"
Winter Olympian and GB Park and Pipe Snowboarder Aimee Fuller said: "National Schools Snowsport Week; what a great idea! If you want to snowboard professionally then getting into it when you are young is key.
"Skiing and snowboarding are also really social and fun sports, through snowboarding I have met some of my best friends and had the opportunity to travel the world competing. It also is a great way to stay fit and strong. It is great seeing big school groups at the slopes in the UK, and hopefully this initiative will get even more schools giving it a go."
Tim Fawke, Chief Executive of Snowsport England said of the new initiative: "Skiing and snowboarding are two of the most addictive and exhilarating sports around, and we find most children who give it a go are hooked."
"As the governing body for snowsports in England, we want to show as many people, and particularly as many young people as we can, why skiing and snowboarding are such great sports. National Schools Snowsports Week will give the opportunity to schools across England to give skiing or snowboarding a go with free or low cost taster sessions at indoor and artificial slopes. We are expecting hundreds of pupils to get involved, and hopefully get addicted."
Slopes involved in National Schools Snowsports Week:
Ackers Adventure, Birmingham
Alpine Snowsports Centre, Southampton
Bracknell Ski and Snowboard Centre
Chatham Ski and Snowboard Centre
Chill Factore, Manchester
Gosling Ski and Board Centre
Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre
Impulse Racing (at The Snow Centre, Hemel)
Mendip Snowsports Centre
Norfolk Snowsports Club
Plymouth Ski and Snowboard Centre
Silksworth Ski Slope, Sunderland
Suffolk Ski Centre
Swadlincote Ski and Snowboard Centre
The Snow Centre/ Hemel Ski Race Club
Yorkshire Rollerski Club (York Sport Village)
For more information and dates visit nssw.co.uk