On Sunday 20th January 2019 the 8thedition of World Snow Day took place and can be classified as a resounding success.
Events were staged in every part of the world on all five continents. From South America, which featured “snow” sports on sand dunes to China that saw 114 resorts across the country provide a wide variety of activities all aimed at bringing children to the snow. In addition, Canada and USA joined the fun, with free lessons, free lifts passes and on snow entertainment in various resorts. Europe saw the largest concentration of events with numerous events taking place in major cities including Dresden (GER), Stockholm (SWE), Zagreb (CRO), Innsbruck (AUT), Vilnius (LTU) and Tallinn (EST). All in all 464 events took place in 45 countries.
FIS President Gian Franco Kasper remarked “For many Organisers, World Snow Day has become a tradition. Families in their area look forward to events and this is truly important for the healthy future of snow sports.”
As well as the physical events many celebrated World Snow Day in their own way and show cased it online. Early indications show that in 2019, the World Snow Day message reached 3.5 million people. These numbers are further bolstered thanks to World Snow Day partners Eurosport, Infront and the European Broadcasting Union who integrated the World Snow Day trailer and events into their broadcast transmissions.
In addition World Snow Day would like to thank its other partners MND Group, Atomic Skis, Best of the Alps, Protect Our Winters, the Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry, the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry and SKADI.
With much anticipation World Snow Day 2019 Organisers will now be vying to earn one of the World Snow Day Awards, which recognise Organiser’s efforts to bring children to the snow under varying circumstances.
Four categories have been created: “Best World Snow Day”; for events over 500 participants, “Best Small World Snow Day”; for events under 500 participants, “The Innovation Award”; for the most creative actions “Line Honours”; for the first event to register.
The Line Honors Award was already awarded with 1st place going to Ski Klub Stara Planina Pirot from Serbia. But the remaining three categories remain wide open. To enter the any of the remaining categories, registered Organisers need only to submit their event report. This can be done online through the World Snow Day Live Profile.
For more information on World Snow Day visit www.world-snow-day.com