Snowsports (Adaptive Skiing and Snowboarding)

Anyone with any disability can enjoy the thrill of Snowsports! 

No matter what your disability, there are plenty of opportunities to try your hand at adaptive skiing and snowboarding. Advances in equipment in recent years has made the sport even more accessible for anyone who wants to have a go. 

Disability Snowsport UK

Disability Snowsport UK (DSUK) is a people-centred organisation with a unique sense of purpose: that anyone regardless of their disability can take part in and enjoy the thrill of snowsports.

They are a membership organisation, and welcome anyone of any levels of skiing and fitness. They cater for complete novices to snowsports all the way to elite athletes.

They have applied exceptional know-how and adaptability for over 30 years to enable those with a disability to experience the joy of skiing alongside non disabled people. They provide exciting and life enhancing activities for individuals or groups who require adaptive equipment and/or special instruction and support.

Local groups

Local Groups offer the opportunity for recreational adaptive skiing. The groups enable members to ski together at dry slopes and indoor snow centres throughout the country. 

The groups have a wide selection of adaptive snowsport equipment, which, along with dedicated trained volunteers, allows skiers and boarders with a large range of disabilities to enjoy snowsports away from the formal setting of a lesson. This enables disabled skiers and boarders to practise what they have learnt during lessons or simply enjoy a few runs together in a friendly social group. They are run by volunteers and seek to provide a safe environment for everyone taking part in the Local Groups' activities. To find your local group have a look at the website.

Ski and Snowboard lessons

DSUK delivers ski lessons around the UK and abroad on their activity trips. They have ski schools in:

Lessons are delivered for beginners through to advanced skiers or boarders. DSUK has equipment to cater for all disabilities and all beginners will be assessed to decide the right specialised equipment to aid their experience on the snow.

Although they are based at all of these centres above, to book your lesson you must call through to there dedicated booking line on 0845 521 9338 (charged at your local rate) or email Phone lines are open Monday to Friday 9am – 4:30pm. Please note that you cannot book a lesson with DSUK, directly with the centre.

Snowsport England

Snowsport England is the National Governing Body for skiing and snowboarding in England and for English skiers and snowboarders. They have a useful resource to search Snowsport England affiliated clubs around the country. Many of these will have disability snowsport sections or will be dedicated disability snowsport clubs.

There are several Snowsport England clubs that offer adaptive lessons and suitable facilities – many even have local disability skiing groups.

Get Involved 

Find a Local Club (with Snowsport England) 

Disability Snowsport UK (DSUK) 

Para Alpine Skiing (ParalympicsGB) 

Skiing with a Disability (Ski Club Great Britain) 

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