Learn to ski for free

9th September 2009, by Chris Gill

Calling all would-be skiers: here’s another chance to learn for free next winter.

Following on from last year’s success, the Association of Snow Sports Countries (ASC) has announced the return for 2010 of its highly popular ‘Freshers Ski Weeks’.

How does it work?

The scheme is all about giving genuine first-timers the chance to learn to ski for free. All you have to do is book a standard package holiday with one of the five participating tour operators (Neilson, Thomson, Crystal Ski, Inghams and First Choice) to receive free tuition, lift passes and rental equipment for the week. To qualify, you must be over 18 years old and have never been on a winter sports holiday before.

Where and when?

The ASC has over 650 places on offer this year, covering 30 European resorts throughout Andorra, Austria, France, Finland, Norway and Switzerland. These will be run on two separate weeks:
16-23 January and 20-27 March
Some of the major resorts involved are:

Grandvalira and Vallnord
SkiWelt
Obergurgl
Zell am See
Courchevel and Val Thorens
La Plagne
Morzine
Tignes
Saas Fee

More savings too ...

And once you’ve booked your Freshers Ski Week, you can save further on the costs of a first ski holiday with special savings on ski clothing. That is because ASC has teamed up with TK Maxx again - the retailer with the UK’s largest range of winter sports clothing and accessories at low prices - including discounts on many top brands. A lot of these items shave up to 60% off the recommended retail price, with jackets starting at just £29.99. The store has an online site at http://www.tkmaxx.com
So, book up and get kitted out for a fabulous mountain experience ...

[Oh, and report back to WTSS when you or your friends have been: we want to hear from you.]
For more information, go to: http://www.freshersskiweek.com



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