Ski for free with Sir Steve Redgrave

4th October 2013, by Abi Butcher

A host of Sochi-themed events take place this weekend at Milton Keynes and Reading, with free lessons on offer from Sir Steve Redgrave, Graham Bell and Chemmy Alcott.

Five-times Olympian and BASI qualified ski instructor Sir Steve Redgrave will be giving free ski lessons tomorrow at Snozone in Milton Keynes. There will be an après-ski area featuring the High Society Band playing Tirolean music, taster ski and snowboard sessions for complete beginners and the chance to sit in an Olympic Bobsleigh with members of the GB Bobsleigh team. BBC Ski Sunday and former Olympic skier Graham Bell will also be on hand, ready to take on visitors in a race.

And on Sunday at Skiplex in Reading, three-time Olympian Chemmy Alcott and BBC Graham Bell will be giving coaching tips to members of the public — who will be offered skiing and snowboarding for a discounted price as part of the Go Ski Go Board campaign. Visitors can also have their faces painted in their country’s flag.

With 126 days to go until the Sochi Olympics (7-23 February 2014), visitors to both events will be encouraged to sign the giant Slide2Sochi snowball which is touring the country and will eventually make its way to Russia in time for the Winter Games.

“I’ve always enjoyed skiing especially with the family” said Sir Steve Redgrave. “
I am delighted to be part of this initiative to help introduce new people to snow sports and it’s also a great way to show our support for our winter Olympic team.”

For more information about the Slide2Sochi roadshows, visit 

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