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Winter is Coming Festival


Whether you’re looking for a fun family activity during the October school holidays, itching to brush up your skills before snow starts to settle on Scotland’s five mountain resorts, or have just realised that you need to learn to snowboard before that winter holiday you’ve signed up to, then the Winter is Coming Festival is for you.

This brand new festival, taking place between 18 – 19 October, will be hosted at selected dry slopes across Scotland, and includes ski and snowboard lessons, practice sessions, jump competitions and lots of opportunities to sledge a slope in a big rubber tube (otherwise known as tubing).

Here are some of the highlights which have been announced so far. Be sure to book early to avoid disappointment:

Children on skis and boards on the training tow and nursery slope

The Alpine slope at Aberdeen Snowsports Centre

Aberdeen Snowports Centre
Garthdee Road, Aberdeen
18 – 19 October

Hosting taster ski and snowboard lessons and tubing experiences each day, Aberdeen Snowsports Centre is going to be buzzing with activity.

On Saturday thrill-seekers can try spins and flips in the air before crash landing safely on the giant inflatable. You might even witness a new Guinness World Record as local riders attempt to get the biggest air on the quarter pipe. There will also be a girls-only taster lesson, open ride and airbag session.

Saturday’s off-slope entertainment will include the mini-ramp, where skateboarders can perfect their skills and compete to win prizes, and demonstrations of equipment and clothing by the local extreme sports shop Granite Reef.

On Sunday, you can quiz a Snow Sports Representative about local snow resorts and what’s on offer during the upcoming season. The ski school’s Advanced Coaching session will give skiers and snowboarders a chance to hone their skills. Perhaps you’d like to compete in the ski and snowboard cross races, or just sit back and watch the contest?

Across the weekend, hungry snowsports fans can fill up at the BBQ, which will be manned by the top butchers from Fresh Food Guru, and there will be plenty of hot drinks and home bakes available too.

Alford Ski Centre
Greystone Road, Alford, Aberdeenshire
18 – 19 October

Just 25 miles from Aberdeen, Alford Ski Centre is also participating in the Winter is Coming Festival and will be offering free ski taster sessions over the weekend to get you ready for the upcoming snowsports season, even if you are a complete beginner.

Children stand on a ski slope waving their hands in the air

Learning to ski at Bearsden Ski & Board Club

Bearsden Ski Board Club
The Mound Stockiemuir Road, Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire
18 – 19 October

Get back into winter mode for free at Bearsden Ski and Board Club during their open practice sessions which are taking place over the weekend. Each day there will also be a taster session for novices and tubing fun too. Refuel at the Igloo café and keep a look out for the special membership offer which will be available over the weekend.

Adults ski downhill on a dry ski slope

Skiing at Glasgow Ski and Snowboard Centre

Glasgow Ski and Snowboard Centre
16 Dumbreck Road, Glasgow
18 – 19 October

Head to Glasgow Ski and Snowboard Centre to enjoy free 45-minute beginner skiing and boarding lessons in the morning. What’s more, classes will also include a chance to try tubing for free too.

Newmilns Snow & Sports Complex
35 High Street, Newmilns, Ayrshire
18 October

On 18 October, Newmilns Snow & Sports Complex in Ayrshire will host ski and snowboard taster sessions as well as fast-track mat to mountain sessions. Everyone can join in the fun when the family big slope tubing takes place. Don’t miss the BBQ to keep well fuelled on the slopes!

A young girl learns to ski with her instructor

Lessons at Midlothian Snowsports Centre. Image courtesy of Nick Law

Midlothian Snowsports Centre
Biggar Road, Hillend,Edinburgh
18 – 19 October

At Midlothian Snowsports Centre there will be so much to enjoy, including race training, discounts on beginner ski and snowboard lessons, and a special offer on practice tickets too.

On Saturday, everyone over the age of four can indulge in their need for speed by attending race training sessions, including slalom for adults and juniors who are over 15. There will also be open gate race training in giant slalom on Sunday evening for adults and over 15s.

Young ones can join in at the Super Sliders club, and get up to all kinds of games and ski-themed fun. Or perhaps hop on a chairlift to admire the view.

Take a look at what else you can do at snowsports centres in Scotland and check out Facebook for up-to-date info.

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