Snowboarding's increased popularity leaves skiing out in the cold
Snowboardaci' or 'Snowboarders' as it is known in English was the biggest-grossing Czech film of last year. It was an unexpected smash hit, making several of its young actors into idols among the nation's teenagers. For generations, skiing has been taught by Czech schools. But now in the wake of the film's success, many pupils are demanding snowboarding lessons instead. Rosie Johnston has the story.
"They find skiing a bit boring because it is the sport of their parents and the other adults, so they really like snowboarding because it differentiates them from their parents, and of course there is this new film in Czech cinemas, Snowboard'aci."
"I think when taught and learnt properly, snowboarding is no more dangerous than skiing. It's so new and exciting."
So, three months on and the film is still in the top ten, its popularity unabated. But with its fan base consisting mainly of today's teenagers - who remain unqualified when it comes to actually teaching snowboarding - it may take a decade or two before we witness a real change on our slopes.