7 Reasons to Kick off Winter at the Ski and Snowboard Show 2016

 

Billed as London’s Alpine festival, the Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Show returns to the capital’s Battersea Park between 27th – 30th October. The bar has been set pretty high in recent years, and snow-lovers from London and beyond have a lot to look forward to. With the festival just weeks away, here’s a little round-up of the many excellent reasons to get booked in.

 

1. Meet the stars of Team GB

 

Organisers have made a big effort to include Olympic contenders and medallists in the festival, allowing the public to meet and mingle with home-grown talent across park and pipe, alpine and freestyle events.

 

Visitors to the Ski & Snowboard Show 2016 will get the chance to chat to slopestyle star Aimee Fuller, British Park and Pipe Ski Squad member Molly Summerhayes, British Alpine Senior Squad member Jack Gower and plenty more. All in all, a great chance to be inspired by some of the most talented GB athletes in competition on the snow today.

 

2. Get your skates on at the ice rink

 

One for the families here. The free rink offers the chance for pros and beginners alike to take to the ice. For youngsters looking for a little extra stability, skating penguins are on hand to help, but adults will be left to fend for themselves! Word is, even Santa will be dropping by…

 

While on the subject of kids and families, the show this year is laying on a whole host of Half Term treats for youngsters including face-painting and magic shows. Early-bird family tickets are currently on sale, with 25% discounts on the final price. Kids under 11 go free, too.

 

3. Pro-rider demo

 

How about the chance to watch pro riders hurl themselves down a 50-foot booter to draw the crowds?! The show’s mighty kicker — set in the park and covered in real snow — is not for the faint-hearted. But for the experts, it’s a fine chance to showcase their skills and wow the crowds with all the spins, flips and soaring airtime we love to see.

 

A freestyle skier in action at a previous Ski & Snowboard Show
Photo courtesy of Tamara Craiu on Flickr under a Creative Commons license.

 

4. Live comedy and après ski

 

The Altitude Comedy Festival is returning to the Ski and Snowboard Show, adding a lot of laughs along the way. Many of the comedy circuit’s top names have fallen in love with skiing from their involvement in recent years, including Live at the Apollo's Marcus Brigstocke and Irish funnyman Andrew Maxwell. Stay tuned for headline acts to be announced at this year’s festival.

 

Of course, you can’t have a ski show without a little friendly après ski thrown in. This year, one highlight will be the Eis Haus Experience and Lounge, an ice-bar debuting in London before heading off to the valleys of Europe for the 2016/17 ski season. Warming winter drinks, Alpine decking, DJs and live bands all await thirsty revellers, and you can upgrade your ticket to the après ski party for more of the fun.

 

5. Rail Jam

 

The Ski and Snowboard Show organisers have teamed up with Jobworks to bring a rail comp to the festival, to complement the pro rider demo and add more on-the-snow entertainment.

 

Winning riders from a series of heats will battle in out for top spot under the watchful eyes of the visitors looking on. Expect thrills and, undoubtedly, a fair few spills. Ouch.

 

6. Diversity and quality of exhibitors

 

This year’s festival will see a superb line-up of companies shouting from the rooftops. Basecamp Group, one of the Alps’ leading providers of ski and snowboard instructorships, and Disability Snowsports, who do amazing work helping less able-bodied skiers and boarders reach the slopes, are two organisations we’re glad to see in attendance.

 

GoPro, Rossignol and kit retailers including Decathlon have also booked their slots! On top of that, you’ll find ski-related companies across the travel, accommodation, food and drink, gear, clothing and holiday insurance sectors all promoting their wares.

 

7. Tickle your taste buds with authentic Savoyard cuisine

 

There’s a lot to take in at the ski show this year, and all that ski chat can work up a hunger. On the menu this year, there’s everything from traditional tartiflette to chicken schnitzel with gruyère. If you’re still hungry, why not indulge in a little light dessert… La Crèpe Fraglaise are on hand with crèpes including peanut butter and chocolate, maple syrup and pecan, and white chocolate and raspberry. Makes you hungry just thinking about it…

 

 

Tartiflette; an Alpine staple and a regular on the London Ski & Snowboard Show menu.

Image courtesy of Mark Manguerra on Flickr, under a Creative Commons license.

 

So stick it in the diary! The Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Show. London’s Battersea Park, 27th – 30th October. For times, ticket prices, venue details and FAQs, click here. To book your tickets to the Ski and Snowboard Show 2016 and start your ski season with a swing, click here

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