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A Radical Day Out
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Who left the windows open? it's snowing in here. Oh well, let's make the most of it. Between the 30th October - 2nd November, Earls Court 2 Exhibition Centre will become a ski resort full of snow, mountain slopes, and entertainment. The Ski and Snowboard Show features exhibitors selling equipment, apparel, and holidays, as well as tons of demonstrations, lessons, and parties.
It doesn't matter if you are seasoned pro or you've put a pair of skis on in your life, there is something for everyone. Tickets are £12 for adults, £9 concessions, £5 teenagers, and free for under 11s. For £5 ou can also join Snowbombing for a Halloween after party on the first night at Broadway House.
Ski resorts are located all over the world, so if you are having trouble deciding which is the best place for you The Austrian Tirol is where you want to go. They have tons of brochures to browse through, and can provide friendly advice.
If you're not heading on any holidays this year, then you can still get the ski resort experience over at the French Pavillion, where you can ride a ski simulator, learn to shoot, and sample some french cuisine. If you don't fancy going continental, then head to the USA Pavilion to ride the rodeo bull, and sample drinks at the bar.
For those who need a bit of practice, there are fantastic deals to be had. The Warren Smith Ski Academy will be giving free virtual one-to-one lessons worth £50 and intermediate skiing lessons for £10. Beginners can book skiing, snowboarding, and freestyle classes for £5.
Kids will also have the opportunity to learn. Burton Riglet Park are giving classes for 3 - 5 year olds, and there will be a giant inflatable slide purely for fun.
If your not looking to be active yourself, then why not watch the experts show off for the Rail Jam, where they'll be giving live demonstrations. Alternatively, you can enjoy some retail therapy by exploring all the stalls. There is a Start-Up Village especially for emerging companies, a boot fitting store, and a fashion show.
The busiest are will be the Drop Inn, which will be combining the brands, camps, courses, chalets, live art, photography, servicing, trampolining, films, bars, and a skills zone where you can test your mettle against Team GB. Challenges will include the Board Jump, Hexagon Test, Chin Up, and Bear Crawl, which will test strength, agility, and overall fitness.