Ski, Snowboard + Xtreme Show 2010 hits SECC
Winter sports special features stalls, shows and Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards
As Scotland’s Ski, Snowboard + Xtreme Show dons its ice boots for the SECC, Anna Millar predicts this is one event worth getting your skates on for
Yes, yes, we know: we’re bad people. Summer was barely there and autumn’s only just arrived, and off we go, blighters that we are, promoting winter, or more specifically all things snow. We would normally (honest) tell the freeze-friendly SECC to keep its winter woollies to itself but a quick peek suggests there’s ample fun to warm the soul, as Scotland’s Ski, Snowboard + Xtreme Show ploughs its way into the SECC this month.
Essentially a big old fair promoting some great places to slip on your boards/skis/boots, this brand new two-day event comes complete with ski jumping legends, freestyle shows and local bands, not to mention a cheeky bit of après ski action.
For show director Josh Littlejohn, Glasgow seemed the obvious place to host the festivities: ‘I knew that there were some really good shows like this throughout the UK and just thought it was mad not to have a show in Scotland, where there’s this huge population of snowboard enthusiasts.’ Which is not, he says, to suggest that the show isn’t keen to bring together snow play fanatics with newbies of all ages: ‘We really wanted to make it something that would appeal to hardcore fans, as well as people new to the activities; equally, it was about showing people good places to get away and ski and board, as well as putting on some great shows for them to come along and enjoy.’
As well as a plethora of stalls furnishing all of your needs, there’s plenty of entertainment to keep proceedings on course: Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards will be on site to wax lyrical about his experiences at the Winter Olympics. He’ll be joined across the course of the two days by some of the world’s leading professional ski and snowboarders, including Ally Watson who’ll perform a freestyle ski display, as part of the line-up. ‘Eddie should be pretty amazing. He’s there to tell his story, so that should hopefully be really inspiring, and then you’ll have all the freestyle stuff on top of that.’
Extreme sports enthusiasts can also get in on the fun with the Adventure area before rounding the weekend off with some music and drinks.
‘We wanted to create the kind of atmosphere that people are used to after a day on the slopes, so on the Saturday night we’re open until 10pm and inviting people along to enjoy some après ski drinks with us, and enjoy some local bands: the hope is to get people interested in the various activities and give them access to the latest equipment and destinations, as well as just to have some good fun.’
SECC, Glasgow, Sat 16 Oct, 10am–10pm & Sun 17 Oct, 10am–5pm.