Largest Schools Ski event at Ipswich this Sunday 24th April

The  ‘National Schools Snowsport Week sponsored by Visit Andorra’, which is being backed by Winter Olympians Aimee Fuller and Graham Bell, starts on Friday 22nd is due to kick off in just over one week at 21 indoor and artificial slopes across the country.

The largest event in England is taking place in East Anglia with the schools race organised by ERSA - the Eastern Region Snowsports Association - being held at the Suffolk Ski Centre, has 286 skiers aged 8 -18 (school years 3 to 13), already registered to compete representing 59 schools from across the region takes place on Sunday 24th April . The event is being staged at the Suffolk Leisure Park at Wherstead, Ipswich. The event will last all day, with the first racers beginning their warm up and practice at 8:15am and the final ones completing their race around 4pm.

The schools snowsports week running from 22 – 29 April 2016, the new initiative from Snowsport England is offering free and affordable skiing and snowboarding sessions to schools, aimed at encouraging more schools to introduce their pupils to snowsports and all the ski centres in East Anglia are participating. The week will see a range of events on offer for schools and pupils 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.

The activities at different slopes are open to all school ages and to any school keen to get involved. There is still time to sign up and 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

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!"

Nick Ogden, a director of Snowsports England said “ whilst we have few mountains in East Anglia we are fortunate to have many dry slopes and 2 indoor ski centres which has developed substantial interest in the full spectrum of snowsports. The schools race on Sunday is an amazing event where school teams race, compete and have great fun together in a unique environment. Moreover, if your week-end weather forecast is correct we may also be blessed with some wintry showers to add to the Anglia alpine effect!”

Should you have a reporter free we would be delighted of they could come along, we will provide warm drinks as required by the weather, and if you let us know weight and height in advance we can even arrange for a set of skis as well!




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