It’s easy as 1…2…3 to get your school involved in snowsport activities! 

As well as being great recreational activities, skiing and snowboarding are also beneficial for your physical and mental health and wellbeing. It also provides a great opportunity to make new friends and learn new skills.

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Students will develop crucial skills including balance, coordination, agility, strength, discipline and courage, as well as providing exciting career opportunities – perhaps even progressing to the next Winter Olympics!

What next? Get your group signed up to a taster session at your local slope – use our activity finder below to find sessions near you. There are a range of opportunities from beginner lessons to experienced sessions with a SSW-licensed coach.

Teacher training

Looking for a rewarding challenge? Take your school group on snowsport trips abroad and let your students develop their skills while having fun. Local authorities require the lead teacher to hold certain qualifications before they can organise a snowsport trip abroad.

Ski Course Organiser (SCO)
A basic six-hour course designed to give teachers, youth leaders and other competent persons the skills necessary to organise a snowsport course for groups including young people in recognised ski resorts in the UK and abroad.

Alpine Ski Course Leader Award (ASCL)
This award takes place in an alpine resort over six days and is designed to accredit leaders to supervise a group of skiers or snowboarders with whom they have a pre-existing relationship.

Please note that the SCO and ASCL courses do not qualify you to become a snowsport coach or instructor.

ASCL Licensing information

Find your closest course using our course calendar below:

National Schools Snowsport Week

National Schools Snowsport Week takes place every year all over the country and was established to give young people the opportunity to get into snowsports. Many snowsport clubs and facilities offer free or discounted sessions for one week only!


30 Days of Snowsport

30 Days of Snowsport takes place every year in October and is all about creating a snowsport buzz ahead of the new winter season. Every snowsport lover, from complete beginners to seasoned athletes, gets involved in the fun sessions organised by clubs and facilities all over England.


School organisations

We are currently working with both Esskia and NSSA to recognise the Squads they provide and how they fit into the talent pathway. Once this has been completed we will update this information but currently we don’t recognise either Squads as part of the talent pathway.

National Schools Snowsport Association (NSSA) are a not for profit, membership organisation for schools form differing backgrounds including, alpine coaching, UK winter tourism and teaching. The NSSA has been set up to run as a hub for schools snowsports information,  building schools ski programmes, teams and generally develop competitive snowsports within the schools arena.

English Schools Ski Association (ESSKIA) promotes ski-racing competitions between school teams. They aim to encourage as many students as possible to enjoy skiing at home and abroad as well as improving the excellence of young skiers and encouraging the maximum student participation in competitive inter- school races.