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21 Jan 2019
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World Snow Day 2019

Skiing or snowboarding, and, more generally, discovering the joys of activities practised on snow, breathing in the fresh mountain air, and having fun with the family with specialist supervision – that is what is the International Ski Federation (FIS) advocates every year for World Snow Day. This year, it was held on 20 January across the planet.

Alpine or freestyle skiing? Ski jumping or snowboarding? Or other snow activities?

From the Olympic resort of Whistler in British Columbia, Canada, to Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia, from Tungudalur in Iceland to the Chinese capital, Beijing, which will host the Winter Games in 2022, via a large number of resorts in the European Alps, Olympic Snow Day 2019 brought together young and old to practise winter sports.

Organised by the FIS, this year it was held on 20 January. In all, well over 400 events were staged in 45 countries worldwide. In the words of FIS President Gian-Franco Kasper: “Once again World Snow Day has exceeded 400 events. This is a great achievement and testament to how important children and families are to snow sports.”


The coordinator of the FIS’s international “Bringing Children to Snow” programme, Andrew Cholinski, explains: “Organisers understand how busy parents are. World Snow Day events make it easy for them to go out and enjoy snow sports.” This year, for the first time, awards will be presented in four categories to recognise the organisers’ efforts to introduce youngsters to the joys of snow-based activities. The “Best World Snow Day” award is for events attracting over 500 participants; the “Best Small Snow Day” award is for those with fewer than 500 participants; the “Innovation” award will be presented for the most creative activities; and a “Line Honours” award is for the first event to register.


The International Olympic Committee actively supports the FIS with its World Snow Day project. Showcasing the mountains and the magnificent setting of the pristine slopes to the young generation is an important field of development for the FIS, which, going forward, aims to promote best practice in skiing and snowboarding, and facilitate access to snow sports.

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