Next ski show: Birmingham

25th October 2011, by Chris Gill

Skills slope

Skills slope

It’s only a few days until the British Ski and Board Show kicks off in Birmingham, at the NEC from 28 to 30 October…

As you might expect, the Birmingham show has plenty of action lined up for the weekend. Over 120 companies will be offering deals and advice on holiday destinations, accommodation and equipment for the season ahead.

There will be free ski and snowboard lessons available on the indoor slope, mountain talks and top tips from experts. So, there will be kit, advice and holidays to suit most tastes. And don’t forget to tantalise those tastes buds with the abundant nibbles on offer as you wander around the stands.

The show promises to bring lots more interactivity than previously, including the new Animal Bike Tour, with stunt cyclists showcasing that you can do a lot more on a bike when its comes to enjoying the slopes once the snow has gone. It will be introduced by a former top snowboarder-turned-biking guru, James Thorne.

World Cup ski and snowboard champions will be strutting their stuff in the aerial displays, and the fashion show will provide a taster of this winter’s cool new clothes. Visitors to the show also have the opportunity to try their skills on the Ice Climbing Challenge utilising two specially created ‘ice’ walls.

Central to the event, of course, is the resort ‘village’ where you’ll find lots of resort representatives on hand with advice and suggestions on all aspects of planning skiing and boarding holidays, whether independently or as part of a package – and tour operators will be there will some very tempting offers. Many of those deals and discounts are special to the show and not available in the same context afterwards.

Among the talks and lectures planned in the Talk Theatre are getting fit for the slopes, working in the mountains – and how to find a job, avalanche awareness and what you can do in the mountains in summer too.

The British Ski + Snowboard show opens on Friday 28 October, from 12 noon until 8pm. Saturday and Sunday start at 10am until 6pm.

You could take advantage of Slope Off Friday with an advance purchase adult ticket costing just £6.50. Tickets on the door cost £7 (Friday) and £12 (Sat/Sun) for adults. Children over 5 years old pay £2.50 on any day, with the under 5’s getting free entrance.

Special offer …

The show organisers have teamed up with Naked Wines to offer visitors a fantastic £40 off any case of wine priced £59.99 or over – which basically gives you £60 of wine for £20. Ideal with Christmas coming. To claim your voucher, all you have to do is complete the reverse of your entrance ticket and hand it in on arrival.

Have a go …

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