Throughout the year we celebrate special days with fun activities that combine skiing fun with social events – scroll down the page to find more details on this year’s planned activities…
Valentine's Day Candlelight Ski
Candles line the Creekside Glide for a unique skiing experience – and sometimes there are snowbuddies along the route to guide you…
St Patrick's Day Poker Ski
Dress in green and try your luck collecting cards on your way around the trails to see who can get the highest hand…
Candy Cane Ski
Bring your kids for a ski around the trails during the Christmas holidays and help them find candy canes dangling from the trees…
World Snow Day
Celebrate the fun of playing in the snow in this worldwide event – Experience, Explore and Enjoy SNOW!!!
Press Release January 13, 2016
Oberhofen, Switzerland 13. January 2016
World Snow Day will once again exceed 600 events.
On 17th January 2016, the 5th edition of World Snow Day will take place. The 5th edition will include 625 events in 42 countries who have registered to organise activities.
The 5th edition of World Snow Day has a total of seven nationwide events. Austria, Canada, China, Iceland, Latvia, Norway, Poland, will stage events throughout their countries.
The nationwide events include: ‘Apen Bakke’ (Open Day) in Norway, where 100 resorts will open their doors to an estimated 130,000 participants for free skiing and snowboarding; School snow sports concept in Austria includes 125 resorts offering school children the chance to try snow sports for as little as five Euros; while in China 20 resorts across the country – increased from five resorts last year – will support free and discounted passes for children.
In addition, World Snow Day in Latvia will break its previous record of 113 events with 143 events set to take place. The event will have lessons, safety demonstrations and fun races. The Canadian Ski Patrol World Snow Day will host over 20 events to show children the fun of snow sports with an emphasis on safety. World Snow Day in Iceland will include seven resorts hosting free or discounted ski passes for families.
Half price children’s lift passes at Serbia’s major ski resorts, Mongolia’s second World Snow Day with free lessons and passes at Sky Resort Ski Complex, and free lift passes at Sky Tavern (USA) are just a few of the other World Snow Day activities.
Other notable events include a snow festival in Shymbulak (KAZ); World Cup hosts Cortina d’Ampezzo (ITA) hosting a World Snow Day with an abundance of activities; free ski and snowboard lessons from 43 ski and snowboard schools in Poland. The Southern Hemisphere will also celebrate with World Snow Day on the sand in Peru and free ski and snowboard lessons in Johannesburg (RSA).
FIS President Gian Franco Kasper said, “We want to make World Snow Day a consistently strong day for snow sports in the calendar. Thanks to the incredible Organisers we now see another year with over 600 events. This places us on the right track to achieve this mission.”
FIS would also like to thank its loyal and committed World Snow Day partners Audi, European Broadcasting Union, Eurosport, Infront Sports & Media, Best of the Alps, World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry, European Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry, for their efforts to make World Snow Day a success.
CELEBRATE SNOW – It was Festival of Snow at Omineca Ski Club on Sunday, January 17th, 2016
World Snow Day is sponsored in part by FIS (the International Ski/Snowboard Federation) and many people braved the snowfall (go figure!!) to come out and join in the fun of playing in the snow.
The kids circulated around a whole bunch of fun activity centers such as a slalom course, ski jumping and a terrain park, toboggan hill, target shooting marshmallows at the biathlon range, the ‘horse and cart’ and lots of games of ‘moose calf’.
And thanks to the generous donation of the slalom poles and flags, vboards and tent from the FIS we have some new equipment to use at future events.
Here is the report we sent to FIS: WORLD SNOW DAY AT OMINECA SKI CLUB
As part of World Snow Day just over 30 skiers and a couple of snowmobilers (support team) made the trek up to the Spud Tower. It is about 24 km round trip (depending on the route taken and the Fitbit worn). They braved the constant snow and hard winds to make it to the top and the view was…fog. A group of 17 spent Saturday night in tents but they had a warm campfire, lots of ‘smores and a great fireworks display. Then Sunday another group of 11 went up the trail for a day tour. Cheers to the hardy Canadians eh!
Working in parallel with World Snow Day, SnowKidz is the first phase of the Bring Children to the Snow (BCttS) campaign. Started in 2009 the SnowKidz project set the test events for the BCttS campaign in its early year. The tests proved vital and revealed many best practices for staging events to bringing children to the snow. In 2012 these best practices where carried over to the World Snow Day project. In the short space of 3 years World Snow Day grew to over 600 Organisers in 45 countries and more than 500’000 participants. The event took off and continues to do so with the 4th edition on the 18th January 2015, seeing 645 events in 45 coutnries.
However the rapid rise of World Snow Day opened up an opportunity for SnowKidz. ”It is great to have children enjoying snow sports for one day, but it is even better when they enjoy it through out the season” commented Bring Children to the Snow Coordinator, Andrew Cholinski. With this mentality the SnowKidz program was restructed and offered the same benefits as World Snow Day but in a flexible programme.
Since the restructure in 2013 the program has taken off. On the 16th December 2015 the project surpassed 1000 events. Some of the events which have taken place include free and 5euro lift passes for school children throughout Austria, Alle pa Snow (Everyone on Snow) throughout Sweden, Kids on Snow Tour through out Germany, Europa-Park SnowKidz (GER), Burton Riglet Park Tour throughout Beligum, Wintesport Expereince throughout Netherlands, SnowKidz Temple Basin (NZE), Stream SnowKidz Race (CHI), Three and Free at Killington and Pico Mountain (USA), Ski 4 All throughout Portugal and many more.
FIS President Gian Franco Kasper said ”This milestone completes the Bring Children to the Snow picture. With SnowKidz Organisers are now able to continuous provide children a chance enjoy snow sports. This is vital if the snow sports would like to have a future”
Visit www.snowkidz.com now to find out more!