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Family Ski News | April 12, 2024

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It’s World Snow Day!

It’s World Snow Day!
Teresa Fisher


Today is World Snow Day. 

It’s the third time World Snow Day has occurred and it is set to be the largest ever, with 610 participating resort in 35 countries staging unique snowy events around the globe. 

Snow fun at Astana Central Park

Snow fun at Astana Central Park

As FIS President Gian Franco Kasper remarked: “The interest in World Snow Day is growing at a phenomenal rate. The first edition had 225 events, the second year included 435 events and now we have an astonishing 610 events.”

He continued: “The dedication and creativity of the local Organisers has been outstanding and our sincere congratulations go to all of them. We hope all the children and families that take part have an exciting day that they will remember for years to come.”

Eight nations are running nationwide campaigns: Austria, Canada, France, Iceland, Latvia, Norway, Poland and Sweden will stage events across their country.

These nationwide events include: ‘Apen Bakke’ (Open Day) in Norway, where 72 resorts will open their doors to an estimated 120,000 participants for free skiing and snowboarding; School snow sports concept in Austria includes 138 resorts offering school children the chance to try snow sports for as little as five Euros.

Latvia’s World Snow Day will see 55 events take place with lessons, safety demonstrations and fun races included. Canadian Ski Patrol World Snow Day will host 20 events to show children the fun of snow sports with an emphasis on safety. World Snow Day Iceland has seven ski resorts hosting free or discounted ski passes for families.

Huge crowds gather in Saalfelden for World Snow Day

Huge crowds gather in Saalfelden for World Snow Day

Children visiting the resorts of Cortina d’Ampezzo (ITA), Chamonix (FRA), Kitzbühel (AUT), Lech / Zürs and St. Anton am Arlberg (AUT) can enjoy a full snow experience that includes free lift passes for children up to the age of nine.

Other notable events include a snow festival in Zermatt (SUI); free ski and snowboard lessons from 37 ski and snowboard schools in Poland; ‘Everybody on Snow’ with various snow activities and free lessons in Stockholm, Norrkoping and Ornskoldsvik (SWE); ‘Mountain in the City’ in Québec City (CAN) and a free children’s mountain tour in Bariloche (ARG).

With plenty of nations enjoying heaps of fresh snow this weekend, World Snow Day promises to be a fantastic, fun-filled ultra-snowy day around the globe.  Enjoy!