Ski and Snowboard Festival Heading to Glencoe
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- Posted on March 17, 2022
Scottish ski area Glencoe, currently boasting the country’s deepest snowpack, will play host to a new ski and snowboard festival, The Mighty Coe, on the weekend of 26-27 March 2022.
The ski and snowboard festival will offer a wide range of on-snow and social activity, the organisers say, and have plenty of snowsports brands attending.
“Apart from just getting together to celebrate skiing and snowboarding after the last two years of misery,” says organiser Neil Dalgleish, “one of the aims of the festival is to encourage people to discover the joys of getting into the backcountry – safely. People can find out what kit they need, maybe try some of it, and join a group to learn the basics of what to do and how to stay safe while doing it.”
The Mighty Coe’s daytime snow action will be centred on a piste-side festival village, with exhibiting or equipment testing from a wide range of brands.
A Snow Bar and food stalls will keep everyone fuelled while they check out all the new equipment or join one of the group or guided activities. UK snowsports retailer and festival partner Ellis Brigham will also be providing some festival shopping.
For those wishing to progress their skills, a programme of courses and sessions includes guide-led ski touring – with test kit included – from Salomon, and Atomic will also be providing a taste of the backcountry experience and a chance to try their skis. The usual wide variety of ski and snowboard lessons are also available.
The festival also features The North Face and Ellis Brigham Snow Night – a film and apres night which has already toured to London and Manchester.
Scottish lockdown snow film Grounded will receive a rare showing alongside Versatile with Victor De Le Rue and Sam Anthamatten, and the Ultimate Run with Markus Eder.
The Snow Night will also be something of a baptism for Glencoe Mountain Resort’s newly rebuilt café complex, which was destroyed by a horrific fire on Boxing Day 2019.
The idea for The Mighty Coe was born during Covid lockdown, and is in part a response to the renewed interest in ‘home snow’, but also the bigger climate picture, says Neil, who added,
“Look at the tragedy happening to the glaciers and to the weather”, says Neil. “We have to change what we do – all of us. I hope this festival will show that you can still have an amazing time in the mountains without flying off to the Alps or wherever. Learning to make the most of our less-polluting opportunities closer to home has to be a part of the future for UK snowsports enthusiasts.”
The festival has partnered with climate action charity Protect Our Winters, whose aim is to help passionate outdoor people become effective climate advocates to achieve systemic solutions to climate change.
After this inaugural Mighty Coe aims to be an annual celebration of skiing and snowboarding for the UK, both on piste and in the backcountry.
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Scottish ski area Glencoe, currently boasting the country’s deepest snowpack, will play host to a new ski and snowboard festival, The Mighty Coe, on the weekend of 26-27 March 2022. The ski and snowboard festival will offer a wide range of on-snow and social activity, the organisers say, and have plenty of snowsports brands attending.…