The governing body for Skiing and Snowboarding in
Alpine and Freestyle
Skis have been used for getting around in the mountains for
thousands of years. However the modern sport of downhill alpine
skiing and freestyle is only about a hundred years old, and
was largely developed by ’mad’ British tourists.
Now it is a very popular and well-developed sport and hundreds
of thousands of us go abroad for skiing holidays every year.
Once you’ve tried it you’ll be addicted to the
exhilaration of speeding through beautiful mountain scenery
in the crisp winter sunshine. Once you get more proficient
why not develop you tricks and skills, freestyle skiing is
the fasted growing skiing discipline.
Cross country is the oldest form of skiing. The sport developed
from a form of transport. Today Cross country skiing is a
fantastic form of physical exercise. Competitions range from
1 km to 100km. In the summer you can still take part in Cross-country
skiing on dry land roller skis. This summer activity can be
accessed throughout the UK at cycle tracks.
It is hard to say who actually "invented" the first
snowboard. People would have always figured out how to slide
down a hill on some sled, thus it would be unfair to point
out one specific person, who came up with "the first"
Dimitrije Milovich started making snowboards in 1969. After
sliding down some hills on a cafeteria plate in College, he
came up with the idea. His boards were based on surfboards
combined with the way skiis work. In 1994 Snowboarding was
declared as an Olympic Sport.
Get involved in Skiing and Snowboarding
You don’t need to go abroad to learn to ski or snowboard.
The UK is special in that we can practice 365 days a year,
thanks to a network of artificial slopes. Most people are
within 50 miles of at least one such facility.
slopes are not just used for learning the basics. There is
an extensive programme of ski racing, freestyle, snowboard
throughout the year (particularly in the summer!). The best
racers are selected to join the English or British squads,
with the ultimate goal being selection for the Olympics. The
skiers pictured here honed their skills on artificial slopes
For you nearest facility go to
Get involved in competitions
If you want start competing, contact your local club. Most
clubs have weekly training and take part in racing on artificial
surfaces and on snow in the winter.
To find your local club contact www.snowsportengland.org.uk
Get involved in coaching
If you want to develop your skills and help train the skiers
and snowboarders of the future why not take a coaching qualification.
Qualifications can be gained in all disciplines and courses
run regularly throughout the country.
To find out more about becoming a coach,
If you want to find out more about skiing and snowboarding
in England, Snowsport England
website at Snowsport
England or contact us at:
Area Library Building
West Midlands B63 4AJ
Tel: 0121 501 2314