Früher war es für jedes Kind in der Schweiz ganz normal, noch im Vorschulalter die Kunst des Wintersports zu erlernen. Heute ist dem leider nicht mehr so. War das Skifahren früher ein Schweizer Kulturgut, ist es heute etwas, das immer weniger Kinder zu Ihren Hobbies zählen. Mit der Plattform GoSnow.ch will der Verein Schneesportinitiative Schweiz diesen Rückgang bremsen und Kinder wieder vermehrt in die heimischen Skigebiete bringen.
The aim of the Swiss Snow Sports Initiative is to ensure that children and young people in Switzerland have the opportunity to enjoy snow sports, now and in the future. To help teachers organize winter sports activities it has established the GoSnow.ch platform, which offers all-inclusive, inexpensive snow sports camps and daylong outings for schools.
A few clicks are all it takes to book a complete snow sports camp at an all-in rate of CHF 330 per child. Transport, accommodation with half board, rail and lift tickets, equipment hire and an evening event are all part of the deal. The non-profit organization is promoting these offers to encourage snow sports activities in schools and reinforce this element of Swiss cultural heritage.
The GoSnow.ch platform is aimed at teachers, offering a wide range of information and packages designed to help schools organize winter sports activities. Thanks to attractive pricing, snow sports camps should not put too much strain on the budgets of schools and parents alike.
School classes in Zermatt
Like other ski resorts, Zermatt sees the active promotion of snow sports for children and young people as a priority. That was why it decided to support the GoSnow initiative with attractive offers. Last winter a number of school classes were able to enjoy the slopes around the Matterhorn. Zermatt Bergbahnen AG joined forces with the Zermatt youth hostel, Reka’s “legendär” holiday home and the sports shops Dorsaz Sport and Glacier Sport to devise a very attractive package. Schoolchildren were able to experience Matterhorn ski paradise in all its glory, without making too big a dent in parents’ budgets.
Spread over the winter season, 15 school classes, comprising a total of 519 children and 102 staff members, took advantage of the GoSnow package and spent several intensive and enjoyable days at the foot of the Matterhorn. Only two other resorts welcomed more GoSnow camps this winter.
A teacher who came with her class to the snow sports camp in Zermatt expressed her warm thanks for the organizers’ commitment and added the following words of praise: “A week ago, we returned home from the GoSnow camp in Zermatt with 44 young people who were absolutely thrilled by their amazing experience in the mountains ... Our pupils were as enthusiastic as the teaching staff about the magnificent alpine world and the beautifully prepared ski slopes. Plans have already been made to return to Zermatt – the next time with parents and siblings.”
We can only hope that these plans are followed up and that the camp participants of today become the snow sports fans of tomorrow. Not only Zermatt but Switzerland and the whole Alpine region as a tourist destination depend on these snow sports enthusiasts. That is why we are already looking forward to the next winter season when we can offer many more school classes some unforgettable days in Zermatt.
Source picture: zvg Schneesportinitiative
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