It is a great pleasure to announce that the fourth edition of World Snow Day took place in Zakopane!
The official celebration of World Snow Day started as early as on Saturday, January 17th, during the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Zakopane. For the fourth time the Opening Ceremony of the event and the winner decoration was held under the aegis of World Snow Day! All spectators saw our volunteers dressed in shirts bearing the World Snow Day logo as well as beautiful and colorful beach flags. What is more, the Tatra Governor, officially invited all viewers to participate in World Snow Day!
On Sunday, January 18th, Zakopane organized a big event for the children and their families. This time the event took place in Strama Ski School at the foot of Nosal and we had two special, honor guests – Mr. Walter Hofer, Race Director Ski Jumping and Mr. Mateusz Kiełpińśki from FIS. As always we celebrated World Snow Day according to the three buzzwords: together we experienced, together we explored and finally together we enjoyed.
The youngsters participated in alpine skiing competitions. The competitions, ski-lifts, bibs were free of charge. Those who did not know how to ski, had a great opportunity to have free lessons and use free ski-lift as well.
The children also had the opportunity to visit our educational stands, where the employees of the Tatras National Park (TPN) explained where snow comes from, what tracks are left in snow by forest animals as well as how to live in harmony with our nature. The rescuers of the Tatra Voluntary Mountain Rescue (TOPR) showed our youngest participants what an avalanche detector looks like, how to look for the missing with this device as well as how to use an avalanche probe. The educational zone was completed by the stand hosted by the Association of Skiing Instructors and Coaches (SITN) as well as Police, where children could learn more about the safety on the slope.
The biggest attraction for the youngsters was especially prepared World Snow Day stage, with the professional animators for children. There were many different shows, attractions and plays for children. The youngsters could see circus acrobats, zumba style show, professional actors form the local theater and many, many others.
We decided to extend the event and we added our new motto „Help Others”. This year, a mobile Blood Donation Center was here with us! All adult voluntary blood donors, could donate his/her blood to those children, who couldn’t be with us during the World Snow Day in Zakopane.
Having visited all the attractions children could have some sweets, juices and get very attractive gifts such as pencils, bagdes, flags and pinwheel with the WSD logo and of course super SnowKidz hats! Not to mention about the gold WSD medal for every participant! All free of charge. During the World Snow Day event we were visited by approx. 2500 people – children and they parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles!
We cannot wait 5th edition of World Snow Day, see you on 17 January 2016!