On 31st May 2017, the FIS SnowKidz season officially closed as the largest season on record.
Over the past 12 months, 1’231 events took place, including nationwide actions in 163 locations.
Some of the highlights from the season include, Canada taking the title “World’s Largest Kids Snow Program” with the 4th and 5th grade Snow Pass, Colorado Ski Country taking the title of “USA’s Largest Kids Snow Program” with the 5th and 6th grade passport, the expansion of Finland’s Award winning Lumilajit Liikuttavat, the introduction of Greece’s first nationwide programme “Seek a SnowFlake“, 12 resorts throughout Japan offering free season ski passes to kids under 12, the expansion of Sweden’s Everyone on Snow programme with more than 100‘000 participants and the continuation of Austria’s School Snowsports Programme.
All the goals set in the area of participation, event numbers, health, safety and environmental awareness were achieved.
FIS President Gian Franco Kasper said: “The steps made now will have an important outcome on snow sports in the future. To see so many nationwide events and individual actions is a very positive and humbling sign for the snow sports community.“
FIS would like to thank the sponsors and partners; Audi, the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry, the European Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry, APA Werbemittel, Amwerk/Internova, Liski s.r.l, MediaTec and TechnoAlpin.
Looking ahead, new SnowKidz and World Snow Day goals will be set. 2018 will also see the fifth edition of the SnowKidz Awards presented at the FIS Congress in Costa Navarino (GRE). The Bring Children to the snow team will also look to expand its support features to Organisers, all of which will continue to be free of charge.
FIS commends all Organisers for their outstanding work, kids and families for their participation and looks forward to continuing the programme in the years to come.