First Decathlon #ToTheSlopes chat held 22nd of October, 18 p.m.

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What is #ToTheSlopes chat

We are launching a winter sports campaign that will encourage people to try ski / snowboard for the first time as well as give some useful advice for people that are already skiers / snowboarders. During the campaign, we will discuss which sports will prepare and make it easier for you to start skiing or snowboarding as a beginner. We will also go through useful tips for running and cycling during the winter season.

The #ToTheSlopes chat is part of our winter sports campaign and will take place on the 22nd of October at 18 p.m.

Who’s going to get involved

There will be plenty of Decathlon sports experts to answer your questions and get involved in the discussions. We will also have Guest Speakers on this chat, which will be happy to share their advice.

We are very excited to have on board:

Robert Steward, Ski Editor, Snow Guide@thesnowguide

Rob Profile 18Robert has extensive knowledge and experience of the winter sports industry and has been qualified to instruct and teach Alpine Skiing for over 20 years, holding an ISIA (International Association of Snow sports Instructors) license.

Robert also competed in freeride and freestyle competitions in Europe and New Zealand way back in the 1990’s and now enjoys skiing off-piste whenever he can. This is a particular speciality of his as a ski writer.

Mark Barber, Snowboard Editor, Snow Guide@thesnowguide

Mark BarberMark has plenty of knowledge about the snowboarding world, thanks to many years working for top industry publications and press, as well as being editor for an extreme sports website. Alongside being Snowboard Editor for Snow Guide, Mark is an athlete agent and looks after professional snowboarders Zoe Gillings-Brier, Jamie Barrow and Nate Kern.

How does it work?

There will be 5 questions on the Twitter chat, numbered Q1, Q2, etc. and please answer using A1, A2, etc. and the hashtag #ToTheSlopes.

The questions for our #ToTheSlopes are:

Q1. Which sports can get you ready for the ski / snowboard season?

Q2. What is the most essential bit of kit to have on the slopes?

Q3. What tips can you give to people new to skiing / snowboarding?

Q4. What is your favourite place to go skiing?

Q5. What is the best way to become a better skier / snowboarder?

Feel free to ask additional questions to our guest participants, using #ToTheSlopes

In case you miss the chat

We will host a Facebook live stream video from our Decathlon Surrey Quays Store the following day – 23rd of October, at 3 p.m. Tune in and get useful winter sports advice from our guest experts!

To answer all your winter sports questions, Robert Steward will be part of the panel, along with Olympic snowboarder Jamie Nicholls and Jane Bolton:

Jamie Nicholls, Pro Snowboarder, Olympian 6th Sochi, Website, twitter: @jamienichollsuk

d25017_46e8323b4a7141caac411725297f70a6Olympic snowboarder Jamie Nicholls started his days snowboarding at Halifax Dry Slope. Since joining Team GB at the age of 15, he’s travelled the world competing in snowboard competitions and filming his latest snowboard stunts.

In 2014 Jamie represented Team GB at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia. Making it to the finals, he successfully finished 6th, missing out on a podium finish by 1 point. In 2016, he became the first British Male to win a Snowboard World Cup at the Snow Jam in Czech Republic.

Currently training for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, Jamie continues to travel the world competing and training on his ‘stand up sledge’.

Jane Bolton, Managing Director at Erna Low, @ErnaLow

DSC_1034qJane has started skiing at the age of four on a family trip in Norway. She has 25 years experience in the ski industry. She is a managing director at Erna Low, where she manages to combine her passion for the sport with her job as a Managing Director.

She has skied around the world, including Norway, Finnish Lapland, Poland, Bulgaria, Spanish Pyrenees, Andorra, Italy to name a few. Her dream is to go skiing in Japan next.

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