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The NEC will play host to over 120 vendors this year and you’ll be able to get your hands on the best kit available anywhere in the world.

With winter fast approaching, and from a look out of our windows already here, it’s time once again to get ready for the new ski and snowboarding season. Whilst winter in the UK is generally a dreary affair many of us are already anxious to head to colder climates for some winter snow. With that in mind we’re recommending you head out to the Birmingham NEC this weekend (Fri 28th to Sun 30th) for the British Ski and Board show.

In terms of getting ready for the ski season the event promises to offer you almost everything you need with displays, shops, activities and talks offering everything you could possibly need to prepare or to acquire for the start of the new season. New to this year’s show is Extreme Slovenia. “We first came to Slovenia in 2004 and instantly fell in love,” said Extreme Slovenia co-founder Jo Yates. “It offers something completely unique where the terrain is dramatic and feels so untouched.”

The British Ski and Board show promises to make this easy with a variety of huge indoor freestyle ski and board events running throughout the show where some of the top international competitors will be showcasing their very best in tricks and talents. Nothing makes us more anxious to get out there and start honing our skills than seeing a professional pulling off a Kangaroo flip or a can 1440 to our general wonderment.

However, that’s only one part of the prep that’ll be on offer at the NEC. There’s also going to be a huge number of workshops and talks aimed at getting you ready for the upcoming season. Activity wise there are going to be hands on fitness lessons, a cross country skiing run and a mini indoor slope so you can get a little pre-season practice in. Warming up is of course integral to all exercise. The features that surround the event will also draw many of us in with fitness talks, safety talks and kit demonstrations making sure we all are fully prepared for the season ahead. There will also be talks on everything from working a ski season to avalanches so you’ll have plenty to choose from.

The last parts to preparations are of course the ones we’ll probably be most excited about when we head to the NEC this weekend – the kit and the holidays. It’s all very well to watch other people on the indoor slops and to listen to all the talks but we’re going to want to grab some of the best kit and hopefully a great holiday too. "The NEC will play host to over 120 vendors this year and you’ll be able to get your hands on the best kit available anywhere in the world." So if you’ve been itching for new skis or a new board this season you’ll definitely find something to wet your appetite. Then finally we of course have the holidays. If you’re generally an Alp skier then you’re going to be blown away by the sheer number of destinations on offer at competitive prices from dozens of vendors. There’s going to be displays and holidays on offer from the Alps to the Andes so you’ll be able to snap up a bargain at any budget.

Columbus Direct is a leading travel insurance specialist which was established in 1988. If you are planning a winter break this year, ski insurance from Columbus Direct can cover you on and off the slopes. You could save up to £40* on single trip travel insurance and you’ll enjoy a 10% discount when you buy online compared to call centre prices. Over the last decade, more than 12 million customers have trusted Columbus Direct with their travel insurance needs.
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* Based on online independent research by Consumer Intelligence during September 2011 – comparing over 30 leading providers. 10% of customers could save over £40 and 50% of customers could save over £6.50 per policy

For further information about Columbus Direct please contact:
Carolyn Monchouguy or Yelena Palmer
020 7623 2368

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