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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.

See Also:
Skiing, Snowboarding

An Overview of Skiing

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).


There are beginners classes all over the country, and you can pick up the basics quickly. So if you like the cold, the rush of speed and adrenaline then give it a go!

Getting involved is easy as there is a network of indoor snow centres and outdoor ski slopes across the UK. Visit 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.

Find Skiing Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

Make your Move

Tue, 06 Nov 2018

The greatest benefits to our physical and mental health comes when we go from doing no physical activity at all to doing just a little bit!

30 Days of Snowsport

Tue, 01 Oct 2019

30 Days of Snowsport is all about trying to create a buzz about snowsports on a national and a local level ahead of the new winter season.

National Governing Bodies

Snowsport England

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

Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University is ranked amongst the UK's greenest universities in the Green League for our environmental commitment. We have 28,000 students (HESA 2011 / 12) and have invested £350 million since 2003 across our three campuses to create an i

1st Woodville (St .Stephens) Scouts

1st Woodville (St Stephens) Scout Group is located in Woodville in the Heart of the National Forest in South Derbyshire. Join us on our adventure! Face the challenges, develop new skills, work as a team and make lasting memories.

Robert Smyth Academy

Robert Smyth Academy

Sir Jonathan North Community College

Sir Jonathan North College is an Outstanding all girls College based in Leicester.

Loughborough University

Loughborough is extremely proud of its reputation for providing the best student experience. From its earliest days Loughborough University has produced research that matters, with strong links with industry, commerce and the professions.

SnowDome (Tamworth)

The ultimate snow, ice & leisure experience.

Kids Beginner to Advanced - 2 Day Ski Camp

Kids Beginner to Advanced - 2 Day Ski Camp

2 Days of Skiing - Designed for Beginners aged 10-16 with the focus on achieving open practice standard within the 2 days and able to join our variety of clubs or advanced camps in the future.

We only have 20 Spaces available for this Camp - £70.00 - for the 2 day course.

Adult Learn to Ski in a Day Lessons

Adult Learn to Ski in a Day Lessons

Full day course, including food and drink, allowing a continuous learning experience to reach the recreational standard. From £129.00

2 hour beginner Ski Lessons

2 hour beginner Ski Lessons

There are 3 group lessons to complete in order to reach the recreational standard. A single group lesson lasts 2 hours and has a maximum of 10 per instructor mixed with adults and juniors.

3 hour Fast Track Ski Lesson

3 hour Fast Track Ski Lesson

Fun and progressive 3 hour lessons provide all the basics to get you up and about on the snow.

Ryan Grewcock

Snowsport Development Officer, Midlands

01509 232323


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  • Active Leicester
    Charnwood LSA
  • O&W LSA
    Active Rutland
    Harborough LSA
  • Safeguarding
    Blaby LSA
  • Melton LSA
    Equality Standard
  • H&B LSA
    Sport England
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    Leicestershire County Council