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World Snow Day in Scotland
Monday January 19, 2015 - Email this article to a friend

World Snow Day 2015 was the first time when all of Scotland's mountain ski areas were able to open and celebrate the day. We also look at other events around the world.

Glencoe Mountain and Nevis Range reported a great day on Sunday. 

1,800 people turned out to enjoy the snow events including snowman building competitions and sledging.

Glencoe could have had even more taking part had their car park not been partly buried under snowdrifts.

The staff tried to clear as much as possible.

Nevis Range also reported the "wrong sort" of snow for snowman building - much too dry and powdery to stick together, but absolutely ideal for skiing and boarding.

Further east more than 1,300 skiers and snowboarders took up the World Snow Day discount at CairnGorm Mountain, despite poor visibility on the higher mountain.

The story was very different at Glenshee and The Lecht, however, where high winds and snow showers throughout the day made it hard for roads to open.

Skiers and boarders enjoyed a cold, blustery and short half-day at Glenshee, while the Lecht was able to offer almost a full day before Police asked for both centres to evacuate and roads were closed as a precaution.

"We were delighted that all centres, including indoor real snow centre Snow Factor in Glasgow, were able to open for World Snow Day yesterday. The mid-late January timing is not ideal for Scotland, so it is hardly surprising that not everything went quite as planned. But look out for our Ski-Scotland SnowFest event in late March, when we hope to be able to offer more fun in more settled conditions," said the Chair of Ski-Scotland, Heather Negus.

Hundreds of events for World Snow Day took place in dozens of countries across the world - see here for a preview story on PlanetSKI from last week.

While below is an account from the International Ski Federation, FIS, that organises the event.

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"The fourth edition of the FIS World Snow Day was the biggest and most successful yet with 645 events in 45 countries and an estimated 600'000 participants.

Part of the FIS Bring Children to the Snow programme, which aims to increase participation in snow sports among the next generation, the goal of the World Snow Day is to get as many children and families as possible outside to explore, enjoy and experience snow sports.

Events were staged on all five continents.

From an event in Peru, which featured snow sports on sand dunes, to the Apen Bakke in Norway, which included 103 resorts across with free lift passes for.

In addition, Canada and USA joined the fun, the Canadians holding free lessons, free lifts passes and on snow entertainment in various resorts. 

In Asia, one of the most popular events was staged in China with 15 events throughout the country. South of the Equator, South Africa and Argentina all staged events.

 "The increase in our World Snow Day participation is an encouraging sign for winter sports," said FIS President Gian Franco Kasper.

"It shows not only is there an interest in nations to stage events to bring children closer to winter sports, but also there is interest among the next generation to actively participate in snow sports," he added.

World Snow Day is traditionally held on the third weekend of January.

This year, it coincided with one of the busiest and highest-profile weekends on the FIS calendar that you can ready about under the Weekly Rewind.Athletes and Organisers at all those events  joined in the fun on Sunday and helped celebrate World Snow Day through various activities.

Thanks also to the support of sponsors Audi, Eurosport, the European Broadcasting Union, Infront Sports and Media, The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry, European Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry, Best of the Alps and Sanetta, the World Snow Day message is expected to reach more than 80 million people.  

World Snow Day was even a trending topic on Twitter in several regions."

Photos, events recaps and videos from various events around the world are available here.

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