Four global goings-on this winter
It’s the season to enjoy the snow – and ice. Here are four events to beat the winter blues.
Business The fifth Polar Bear Pitching event sees startups sell their business propositions to potential investors. The catch? Pitchers must stand waist-deep in ice cold water. The record pitch made thus far was four minutes 53 seconds in 2016 – will the five-minute barrier be broken this year?
Feb 6–7 / Oulu, Finland
Art Every year, at least two million people from Japan and abroad visit the Sapporo Snow Festival, one of the country’s largest winter events. Across three sites, snow slides, snowrafting, snow and ice art by Sapporo’s citizens, and an ice sculpture show and contest are among the breathtaking attractions on offer.
Feb 1–12 / Sapporo, Japan
Greatest snow on earth
Family Opportunities for children and adults to explore, enjoy, and experience snow-related fun will stretch across 35 countries on the seventh World Snow Day. Alongside the thrills, the day aims to teach children how to preserve snow and be safe on and off it. More than 100 resorts will offer free skiing and snowboarding.
Jan 21 / Globally
Fun and games
Sport About 3,000 athletes from nearly 95 nations, watched by a global audience of billions, will compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. The Jeongseon region will stage Alpine speed events while all ice sports will be held in the coastal city of Gangneung.
Feb 9–25 PyeongChang, Republic of Korea
Compiled by Simon Fry