This month Battersea Evolution will transform into an alpine arena to host The Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Festival for the fifth year running. Established in 1973, the 2019 festival will mark 46 years of the popular event, making it the longest running winter sports event.
Taking place on 24-27 October, The Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Festival will unite ski, winter sports and destination experts from across the globe under one roof. Marking the beginning of the ski season with an exciting line-up of 200 exhibitors, The Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Festival is the perfect place for travellers to get inspiration and advice from a host of international professional athletes and The Telegraph’s own award-winning journalists. This year, these will include The Telegraph’s ski technique editor Warren Smith and Team GB’s Winter Olympic and Paralympic stars.
The festival has also announced its first guest speaker: Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE. Best known for his epic expeditions, 2019 marks 10 years since Sir Ranulph became the first Briton to summit Everest. Also the first man to reach both poles, Sir Ranulph is a true advocate for adventure travel and will grant visitors an exclusive access into his world of intrepid travel, inspiring guests with a multitude of incredible stories.
Sir Ranulph commented: “I am pleased to be the first speaker at this year’s Ski and Snowboard Festival. I hope to encourage visitors to push their boundaries, to travel deeper and to book meaningful and memorable travel experiences.”
Making an appearance at the show on Friday 25 October, Sir Ranulph will host an intimate talk for travel enthusiasts, followed by a book signing.
Over four days during the October school holidays, the show will also feature a full schedule of activities, games and entertainment that is perfect for the whole family, including an artificial slope, ice skating, face painting, Halloween themed entertainment and more. New features for this year include craft beer tasting, curling on the ice rink and sports taster sessions, as well as an authentic Street Food Village serving delicious alpine food and drinks.
With more entertainment to be announced soon, the show will also offer two nights of après entertainment, bringing the atmosphere of the slopes to London and providing a true ski holiday experience.
Tickets to the event start from £21.65 per person, including access to the Après event. For more information, visit: www.telegraph.co.uk/events/event/the-ski-snowboard-festival-2019
Words by Riana Dixon