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From the FIS President

The children are our future. Each and every season we see children taking to snow sports for the first time. Whether they will grow up to be top skiers is not what matters - what we want is to watch them grow with skiing and snowboarding as part of their lives. It is this vision that was the main inspiration for FIS’s ‘Bring Children to the Snow’ campaign that was introduced by the FIS Council in November 2007. The campaign has been going from strength to strength and now is the time to take the next step and launch World Snow Day.

What you are about to be a part of is not just another day in the calendar. Each year we see many specific days dedicated to worthy causes. World Snow Day is unlike those other days as it brings together many of the general benefits and combines them with the joy and wonder of the snow. It will be a day where children come together with their families, encouraged to enjoy and explore the snow, whilst learning about the environment, the health benefits of snow activities and safety on and off the snow. We hope that World Snow Day delivers an experience for each and every participating child that they will cherish for a life time and would like to re-live each year.
FIS has always had strong commitment to the competitive side of skiing and snowboarding. For the past 100 years FIS has aimed to uphold the prestige, exhilaration and fairness of competitive skiing and snowboarding. Since a few years, however, we have increasingly focused on countering the decline in participation in snow sports, especially among the young. World Snow Day seeks not only to give the children memories for a life time but also hopes to help revive the numbers in snow sports participation.

This event would not be possible without the input of some key stake holders. I would like to take this opportunity to formally acknowledge and thank the input of the FIS National Ski Associations, FIS Organising Committees, International Ski Instructors Association, the ski and snow sports industry, ski tourism organisations and Internationale Föderation Nationaler Verbände von Seilbahnunternehmen (F.I.A.N.E.T).

I am very passionate about the FIS campaign to ‘Bring Children to the Snow’. I hope you share our vision for a world where each child has the chance to experience snow and grow up enjoying snow sports. I urge you to support this unique day and join us in creating the biggest day on snow all year!
Gian Franco Kasper
FIS President

Why World Snow Day

Primary reason:

Increasing numbers

Whilst a key role of FIS is to organise a structure of international competitions through to the highest levels, it is also committed to the global promotion and development of recreational skiing and snowboarding. The vision of FIS is for skiing and snowboarding to be the first choice winter sport and recreational activity. Research has shown that the number of people participating in snow related activities has dropped over the past years. World Snow Day is one of the key initiatives being introduced by FIS to reverse this decline.

Other important reasons:

The Environment

The young generations are the future guardians of the snow. The children of today are the ones who will be running the factories, industry and other big polluters in the future. The younger generations need to grow up caring for the environment so they and their children, too, have snow to play on in the future. Furthermore, by conserving the environment to preserve the snow, other natural environments will benefit as well.

Health Benefits

The health benefits of snow sports are obvious and well-known. One big advantage that snow sports offer over many other sports is the “awe” factor the natural environment provides. We need to pull children off their snow video games and put them on real snow. And they will discover there is more enjoyment in real snow activities than virtual ones.

Safety

Safety is taken for granted as an integral component of a modern lifestyle including snow activities. That’s why the ’10 FIS rules for the conduct of Skiers and Snowboarders,’ which are considered globally as the laws for the conduct on the pistes, are also a natural component of World Snow Day activities. They will help show children and their families how to behave and be safe on the snow and in doing so will also show them how to be safe off the snow.

Event Planning Manual

This manual has been designed to help you, the World Snow Day Event Organiser, create the biggest day on snow all year!

This document will provide you with everything you need to know about staging a World Snow Day event. For example, you will find guidance on topics such as support, key messages, important dates and event guidelines.

Feel free to either download the Manual by clicking on the links to the right or you may also view the Manual by clicking the image below.

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