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World Snow Day Sofia 2020

19 January 2020 | Sofia | Bulgaria
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World Snow Day Sofia 2020

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Extremely successful was the World Snow Day SOFIA 2020, which held today, Sunday, January 19, 2020, on cross-country skiing track near Salzitsa hut and "Alexander Logistics" sports facilities in Vitosha mountain! Dozens of children and some of their parents free of charge tried literally for the first time how to go skiing and how to use cross-country skis. Of course, there were open workouts for already advanced skiers, attractive ski demonstrations, sledding, riding snow scooters and much more fun and games in the snow for young and old.

The wonderful sunny weather, very well prepared ski track and crystal white snow conduced to the excellent mood of the festival in the mountains at all attended. Fully in line with the concept of the FIS World Snow Day, the greatest delight day bring to the kids!

For the ninth consecutive year Sofia joined in celebrating the World Snow Day just on the eve of the feast on Sunday as one of this year's 363 officially registered by the International Ski Federation (FIS) events and activities taking place in 45 countries around the world. This year, the Bulgarian professional media for skiing, winter and outdoor sports, lifestyle and industry WWW.SKI.BG organizes various snow sport activities in honor of the World Snow Day. Unfortunately, the lack of snow in Sofia hampered to carry out the celebration in a real urban environment, as contemplated by us and as made for the first time in 2012, so this time we celebrated in the nearby Vitosha Mountain, at the ski track near Salzitsa chalet and ski club "Alexander Logistics", which is located west of the last left turn on the way to the Moreni hotel and Aleko hut.

The focus this year again was on ski hiking and cross-country skiing - a wonderful winter sport that is extremely useful for the body and the spirit in which we have had significant successes and achievements in the past, but in recent years in Bulgaria seemed remains of background and enjoys a not enough large interest, especially among children. This sport does not require large investments in equipment and cash for lift passes and is extremely pleasant and easy to practice almost anywhere there is snow, even in a completely urban environment.

This year, WORLD SNOW DAY by SKI.BG once again was joined with great enthusiasm by Veselin Tsinzov - multiple Balkan and National cross-country skiing champion, who presented our country with dignity at the 2010, 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics, as well as the legendary Peter Pankov - national cross-country ski racer, participant in the Grenoble Winter Olympics in 1968, Sapporo 1972 and Innsbruck 1976, the only Bulgarian participant in the world-famous Vasalopet ski marathon, 14-time champion of Bulgaria and 9-time Balkan champion, national coach, sports director and longtime ski figure. The two shared their invaluable experience with anyone wishing to try cross-country skiing.

According to the preliminary program of SKI.BG, the Sunday snow holiday in Vitosha started around noon and although it was planned to be until 3:00 pm, it continued until much later, because even at dusk there were a people still wanted to ride on the ski slope. In fact, there were people on the track from early morning until dark in the evening, which confirms that there is an big interest in cross-country skiing in Bulgaria!

Many children passing casually with their parents stopped by to try a cross-country skiing at Sluzica hut during the day, and others came specifically. The red tent and FIS World Snow Day flags, the colorful ads, the delicious sweets and natural juices provided by the organizers, and the enjoyable music background provided by JBL technique, made the holiday even more enjoyable for everyone. For those wishing to try cross-country skis on this holiday, which did not have personal equipment, such was provided completely free of charge by Veselin Tsinzov and his wardrobe at the Alexander Logistics Vitosha Sports Base, as well as by Peter Pankov from the Marathon Association. But most important to the recruits was the invaluable personal advice, guidance and assistance from the two mentioned eminent professionals.

And the greatest thing about it was that dozens of children, including just 3-4-year-olds, took part in the outdoor skiing lessons, many of whom literally tried this wonderful sport for the first time and were captivated by it. They were all happy and contented from the contact with the nature and to sport outdoors. All the kids had fun in the snow, all the kids enjoyed the snow and on goodbye all the kids said they would try it again! Even because of this fact, SKI.BG's WORLD SNOW DAY SOFIA 2020 was super successful!

The WORLD SNOW DAY SOFIA 2020 is organized by the Bulgarian professional media for skiing, winter and outdoor sports, lifestyle and industry WWW.SKI.BG, VItosha Sport Base "Alexander Logistics" and Marathon Association ( and with the support of SIVEN, Bryzos, JBL, AKG, Armada Skis Bulgaria, Dragon and Board Shop.

SKI.BG especially thanks to Mr. Peter Pankov and Mr. Veselin Tsinzov for their unreserved support in organizing and holding the World Snow Day SOFIA 2020. Many thanks to FIS and World Snow Day, thanks to our partners SIVEN, Bryzos, JBL, AKG, Armada Skis Bulgaria, Dragon and Board Shop, and we would like to thank all the other volunteers who participated in the initiative.

WORLD SNOW DAY is an initiative of the International Ski Federation (FIS) and aims to bring children between the ages of 4 and 14, together with their families, out into the nature, on the snow and ski slopes, within one day, filled with fun, various adventures and snow competitions.

For the ninth consecutive year on the occasion of World Snow Day, WWW.SKI.BG calls on all – children and parents, young people and their grandparents – to forget the dissensions, to take alpine or cross-country skis, boards, sledges or other winter equipment and wherever they have, to go outside – in the park, in the neighborhood garden, in front of the home or somewhere further out in nature. Let all together go outdoors and enjoy and entertain the endless snow!

19 January 2020
photo © Vladislav Georgiev / WWW.SKI.BG

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- Free gifts and prizes
- Free food and drink
- Free ski snowboard lessons
- Free skis snowboards use
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