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Ski4all off to flying start
Skiparque de Manteigas Friday, 21. October 2016 - the first day of the Pizza Hut Ski 4 All took place. 50 Children practiced for the first time skiing and snowboarding under the Portuguese National Ski Association (NSA) program Pizza Hut Ski4all.

The Pizza Hut Ski4all is a program conducted by the Portuguese NSA, which aims to introduce school children from 1st ,2nd and 3rd class across the country to winter sports. The activity is carried out under the program "Desporto para Todos", whose mission is the promotion of sports, development and health. It is also included in the program "Bring Children to the Snow" of FIS, having achieved a honorable 6th place in “2016 FIS Snowkidz Award."

The activity takes place in SkiParque de Manteigas during weekdays between 10AM and 2PM. Access to the slopes and the technical equipment cost only 1 €. Participants and staff are provided food by partners Pizza Hut. The technical framework is conducted by instructors accredited by the Portuguese NSA with extensive experience in activities with children.

After two editions of Ski4all 2200 children have been provided free lessons. By the end of January it is expected that another 1500 children will be provided free lessons bringing the overall total to 3700. The project's success is further reflected in the demand from schools. The third edition of series saw all places filled within a week before the projects commencement.

To enhance the impact of the event the 1 € paid by participants goes towards a local charity. In previous editions 2200 Euros were delivered in between the “Instituto de Conservação da Natureza e das Florestas” and the Association "Mundo da Carolina." The tradition will continue in 2016/17.

Ski4all would like to thank all its partners Pizza Hut, IPDJ, FIS, PNDpT, Snowkidz, Despubi, UBI, Department of Sport Sciences, Skiparque de Manteigas and Pousada da Juventude da Serra da Estrela and the soon to be aligned : Sumol, Sicasal, BPI and MG Snowtrip.

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