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The first recorded history of skiing in Scotland was in 1892. However, it was not until 1964 that Snowsport Scotland was founded, then as the Scottish National Ski Council (SNSC) which was renamed to Snowsport Scotland in 1992. As the national governing body for snowsports in Scotland, Snowsport Scotland (SSS) represents our snowsports clubs, professionals and competitors on pathways, from grass roots participation to high performance sport. Snowsports offer enjoyment, community and a healthy outdoor activity for the great majority who ski and board for fun. The snowsports landscape in Scotland is complex, varied and multifaceted, which brings opportunity and challenge in equal measure to the delivery of a national snowsports strategy.

Snowsport Scotland is responsible for performance pathways leading to the development of performance athletes in Alpine, Freestyle, Nordic and Snowboard in the Olympics. Over and above these Olympic events, Snowsport Scotland is also the governing body for a further 3 disciplines and 39 events not in the Olympic programme, all of which have established competition rules, events and tours. 
Snowsport Scotland is a company limited by guarantee that receives income from its membership, through specialist services, activities, and development grant funding from Sportscotland.

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To foster the development of snowsports in Scotland from the simple enjoyment of these sports in their unique environment to their practice at the highest competitive level.

Primary Role of Snowsport Scotland

The primary role of Snowsport Scotland is to:

  • Facilitate and encourage participation in snowsports
  • Build and support a strong club structure
  • Deliver top quality coach and instructor training programmes
  • Develop and nurture Scottish and GB snowsports athletes
  • Organise competition opportunities for snowsports athletes at all levels

All of the activities of Snowsport Scotland are focused on the needs and interests of the membership and the wider skiing and snowboarding community. Examples of this are promotion of clubs, safety campaigns, members insurance, coaching courses, managing national teams, and co-ordinating races.

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Other UK Snowsports Organisations

Ski Club of Great Britain 

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Sport and Recreation Alliance

The Sport and Recreation Alliance is the umbrella body for sport and recreation in the UK and represents 320 members – organisations like The FA, the Rugby Football Union, British Athletics, Ramblers, British Rowing and the Exercise Movement and Dance Partnership.

Our role, like every trade association, is to speak up on their behalf, represent their views and to provide them with services which make their life easier.

Our Vision:

We are at the heart of a world leading sport and recreation sector.

Our Mission: 

As the independent voice we champion sport and recreation and provide inspirational leadership and deliver unrivalled services that enable our sector to thrive.

What we value:

  • Excellence
  • Positivity
  • Passion
  • Imagination
  • Integrity
  • Collaboration

Our core functions and objectives:

Lead – To be a trusted and valued thought leader among all stakeholders in the sport and recreation sector.

Champion – To be the acknowledged, independent champion of the interests of our members and the sector as a whole.

Enable – To be a provider of high quality, added value services to our members by developing and sharing knowledge and expertise, and delivering world class programmes and services.

Perform – To be a high performing organisation which embodies best practice in governance and leadership.

The Sport and Recreation Alliance was formally known as the CCPR or the Central Council of Physical Recreation. We are a company limited by guarantee No 474512. Registered in England and Wales.

Want to know more about what we do? Click here.

Want to know more about who we are? Click here to meet the team and here tomeet the board.

The Alliance also has a number of Vice-Presidents, whose experience in the sector is invaluable to shape our future direction. Meet them here.

Click here to read a message from our President HRH The Earl of Wessex, KG GCV