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.