MND partners with FIS to bring children to the snow

MND Group and FIS have joined forces to engage the next generation of children in snow sports.

As a leader in the designing and creation of efficient solutions to develop mountain areas and facilitate mobility in tourist and urban areas, the partnership is a natural fit for both organisations.

FIS President Gian Franco Kasper commented “The future of snow sports depends on the various stakeholders in snow sports working together. This partnership is a key step in that direction and we are proud to be working together“.

CEO and founder Xavier Gallot-Lavallée added “MND is glad to join the FIS Bring Children to the Snow programme and focus our efforts to engage more kids to ski all over the world. Our daily work is to provide best solutions for end-users to practice winter sports and we are working hand in gloves with FIS on many topics such as quality of snow and safety on slopes.”

The French Group MND Group is comprised of five of the world’s most well-known brands in mountain development; LST – lifts and cableways, Sufag – snow production, techfun – high adrenaline leisure installations, tas – natural hazard prevention and MBS – mountain safety equipment. The company has serviced over 3,000 clients in 49 countries around the world making it a truly international organisation.

In the three year agreement, FIS and MND Group will focus their efforts on the next generation through the Bring Children to the Snow programme. The partnership will generate a series of actions and tools that will enable easier creation of events and actions to bring children to the snow.

Amongst these actions a key topic will be mountain safety. To address the topic, a safety education animation has been produced on the 10 FIS Rules for the Conduct of Skiers and Snowboarders. The animation video is available free of charge to all stakeholders interested in teaching kids snow sports safety. In its initial release the animations are available in 11 languages; English, German, French, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian and Italian. FIS and MND will look to add more languages based on demand in coming years.