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What’s on at this years London Ski show

Find out what is on at this years London Ski Show

The London Ski Show has been going for 43 years and last year it saw some massive changes as it moved to a new venue. The general feeling was that the show was much better with more to see and do and the outside space that hosted the big kicker (Mount Battersea) and aprés stage proving to be very popular. There is more good news as 2016 sees the price of tickets fall as much as £5. Also the date has changed and the show has been moved back to into the half term holiday week.  Below is our guide to what to see and what is new…

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The Facts

Dates: Thursday 27th October to Sunday 30th October (times vary)
Location: Battersea Evolution in Battersea Park
Price: Early Bird – £15 Full £20 – Conssesions £10 – Children £8 – Under 11’s Free
Website: london.skiandsnowboard.co.uk

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Whats on

Skiing and Snowboarding

There is more skiing and snowboarding to watch than ever before which is good as it is what the show is all about. Mount Battersea is back with it’s pro riders hitting a real snow kicker pulling off some massive tricks. Expect to see some of our Olympic star’s like Murray Buchan taking part in the pro rider demo alongside some emerging talent. New for this year is live rail jam sessions and the rail area will also be hosting the  University tour – Downtown Throwdown finals.  There are also some great talks in the Mountain T=theatre on Back Country Skiing and improving your technique from the likes of Warren Smith and John Godfrey.

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Kids

As the show is held during half term this year there are more things for kids to get involved in which will make spending the day there more bearable for those with families. A New addition this year is the family tent where you the organisers promis games, magic shows and face painting. There is a chance for the children to get there Christmas fix win 2 months early as Santa is set to visit the show.  For the slightly older children KidZania are setting up shop at the show, giving kids the chance to go on a role play adventure, maybe they will pretend to host Ski Sunday?

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Entertainment

A returning addition is the Ice Rink, this time it is located outside and you will get a 15 minute session completely free and available to book in advance. The comedy tent is back with regular show attendees Marcus Brigstock and Andre Maxwell among some exciting cabaret acts. Boot fitting is back and is great fun if that is your idea of entertainment.p1000437

Exhibitors

The truth is that the show wouldn’t exist without the “trade show” element and for many people the chance to shop for all things ski related in one place is the reason they attend. This year there are some more focused areas, France have a whole pavilion dedicated to tempting you to ski in French resorts as do the Americans. As well as that you can expect the usual mix of small and large tour operators, retailers such as Ellis Brigham and Finches Emporium, gap year opportunities like our friends Basecamp ski instructor courses, representatives from ski areas like the Three Valleys, Clothing and Equipment as well as the obligatory novelty helmet stand.

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Food

Last year the food on offer was mountains better than in previous years with some of the street food being surprisingly tasty and at quite reasonable prices. It could be your first chance of the winter to get some tartiflette.p1000438

Free Stuff

On top of all the free pens, lanyards, sweets and stickers you can get a free pass to the Hemel Hempstead indoor ski slope, which if you claim it and use it makes the entry price to the show good value for money.p1000443

Apres ski 

Naturally there will be beer and wine and probably a Jager bomb too but this year the Aprés ski has been toned down after last year there were less that 5 people watching Hot Chip and Norman Jay MBE. Friday night is your best bet for a party fix as the show is open until 10pm and the party will be going on on the EIS HAUS Lounge. If you want to be a bit colder you can book to go into the EIS HAUS Experience a frozen bar with ice cold drinks.


UK ski shows

The UK ski show season will be kicking off on the 18th of October. The opening of the first show is often seen as a signal that the season is coming and that we will all be in the mountains soon.

This year there has been a few changes to some of the events. There is a new one, a change of location for one and there is the chance to save yourself a few quid on lift passes, especially if you are heading to La Tania or Meribel this winter.

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First up is the Scottish Ski Show, which is held in Glasgow’s SECC. The doors for this open on the 18th of October. This is the cheapest of the shows with the tickets costing just £10. I went this show on the first year it opened and that was three years ago. I am told that it has improved and there are some great bargains to be snapped up. It is also worth a look if you are keen to make the most of the Scottish ski areas this winter.

Next we have the brand new Ski and Snowboard Show North. This will be held at Manchester’s EventCity from the 25th of October to the 27th. Tickets for this are £12. This show is actually operated by VOS Media, who also run the London Ski and Snowboard Show. There did use to be a ski show held in Birmingham last year, but this has now been shelved in favour of the VOS operated one. We can only guess what this one will be like. The website suggest that it will have many of the same exhibitors and activities that the London one will be boasting the following week.

The show that gets most attention is the London Ski Show. It has been evolving over the years, with several venue changes too. For many years everyone has been hopping for change at the show, and now it has happened but has it made it a better show to attend? This year sees a chance for you to try out skiing, if you haven’t already. You could even get some freestyle lesson on the dry slope at the back of the hall. One thing that has caught our eye is the possibility of getting a 6 day, Three Valleys lift pass, for the price of 4 included in your show ticket price. That’s a saving of £45 on your lift pass which is not bad if you were planning to attend anyway. Although do check the small print as we noticed this offer is only to people visiting the show on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

The last of the shows is the Freeze Festival. This has undergone a dramatic change this year so it will be hard for us to know what this one will be like. This year it has moved from Battersea Power Station and is now on Clapham Common. Instead of two days or three days of Music and Big Air competitions, Freeze will now be over five days. During this time there will be a section of Après Ski Bars and side shows. The Saturday night is the only night that will have big name live music, however they have only announced one act when we were writing this. Rail competitions will replace the Big Air comps, which if they are done well are great to watch. Ticket prices start at £8 for the non-weekend tickets.


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