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Snowsport England

Contact Name
Claire / Holly / Gareth (Office)
Contact Email
Contact Telephone
01509 232323

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What is Skiing?

Skiing is a popular sport that takes place on snow, artificial surfaces and more recently, on indoor artificial snow slopes. It can be undertaken as a leisure activity or competitive sport and is suitable for most ages.

Competitive skiing falls into two categories: Nordic and Alpine. These can then be further broken down into specific disciplines:

  • Cross-country Skiing
  • Ski jumping
  • Nordic combine
  • Combined Alpine skiing
  • Downhill Skiing
  • Salom Skiing
  • Giant slalom
  • Super-G
  • Para-alpine.
  • Freestyle skiing: includes mogul skiing, aerials, ski cross, half-pipe, and slopestyle.


At its most basic, skiing offers a low-impact full-body workout. The whole body is involved with arms, core and legs receiving an equal workout. This ensures that no single muscle group is overstretched or stressed.


As part of GO SKI GO BOARD, all UK ski slopes offer equipment hire and tuition all inclusive in the cost. Artificial Slopes are dotted around the country and slightly cheaper to attend and for those looking for indoor snow, there are 5 across England.

You can typically take part in a GO SKI GO BOARD taster lesson for £11 (estimated national average) and to complete a beginners course (4-6hr) in the UK you can expect a cost between £85 (estimated national average).


Getting involved is easy as there is a network of indoor snow centres and outdoor ski slopes across the UK. Visit www.goskigoboard.org.uk to find your nearest slope or club.


Equipment used in skiing includes:

  • skis, which may have skins or wax applied for traction
  • Boots and bindings
  • poles
  • helmets and ski suits

Modern-day skis are of a shorter length, with reinforced edges and an advanced binding system that binds it to a plastic boot. There are a wide variety of skis for all types of skiing disciplines.


  • You can burn anything upto 400 calories per hour skiing
  • 'Skiing' is the only six-letter word in the English language with a double 'i' exactly in the middle.
  • Great Britain has one of the Top 30 Ski racers in the world - Dave Ryding. Dave started skiing on the dry slope in Pendle, Lancashire.
  • The next Winter Olympics is to be held in South Korea at Pyeongchang Resort. For the first time ever, Snowboard Big Air will be introduced as an Olympic Discipline.
  • You can reach speeds faster than cars! The fastest speed ever on skis is 156 miles p/hour recorded in 2015 by Italian speed-skier Simone Origone. Current downhill racers such as Lindsey Vonn and Bode Miller exceed speeds of 86 miles p/hour during competition.


Coaching Can

Coaching has long been considered to be about the development of skill in a sport. It has been about acquiring, honing and transferring these skills in the pursuit of athletic achievement.

National Programmes


Rollerskiing takes place on smooth surfaces such as park paths, roads, cycle and athletics tracks. It was born from cross country skiing and is a low-impact, full-body exercise that is great for overa

GO SKI GO BOARD -€“ HE and Student Satellite Clubs

GO SKI GO BOARD HE and Satellite Clubs is about engaging HE snowsport clubs and students with snowsports at their local ski slope.

GO SKI GO BOARD FE/Colleges & Student Satellite Clubs

GO SKI GO BOARD FE/Colleges and Satellite Clubs is about engaging FE and College students with snowsports at their local ski slope


GO SKI GO BOARD Schools is about engaging schools with snowsports at their local ski slope through lessons, Satellite Clubs and the School Games competition.

Local Contacts

Ryan Grewcock

Snowsport Development Officer, Midlands

01509 232323


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  • Leicester City Council
    Melton Borough Council
  • Age UK L&R
    County Sport Network
  • Loughborough University
    Charnwood Borough Council
  • Leicestershire County Council
    Harborough District Council
  • Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    Sport England
  • British Heart Foundation
    North West Leicestershire District Council
  • Safeguarding
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
  • Blaby District Council
    Equality Standard
  • East Midlands Platform
    Rutland County Council