UK Coaching – Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity

We’re delighted to inform you that through UK Coaching, you can access the online course ‘Mental Health Awareness for Sport & Physical Activity’ – usually £18 – for free!

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, UK Coaching, their awarding body 1st4sport and course partners – Mind and Sport England – have released it to the wider coaching community.

All you need to do is head to our Online Training webpage, follow the link to UK Coaching where you will be able to purchase the course for free.

The mental health of the population is being challenged during this isolating time.

Equipping you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to better understand and support people living with mental health problems, as well as with ways to support your own mental health, is crucial both now and going forward.

Specifically, learners will be able to:

  1. Welcome and support people living with mental health problems in their sport and physical activity sessions
  2. Increase their knowledge of mental health problems
  3. Apply the learning in their coaching practice
  4. Make their club or organisation more inclusive.

Do you do backcountry??

If you participate in backcountry snowsports we are interested to find out what you do and what you need.

Snowsport Scotland is running a survey in May that asks you about where you go, how you participate and what products and services would be of greatest benefit to you.

The survey results will be shared with key providers in the sector to help them better shape their products and services to suit your needs.


Sporting Memories : Winter 1956

Winter 1956 – Glencoe Mountain Resort becomes the 1st commercial ski area in Scotland.

Formally known as White Corries, skiing before 1956 at the Glencoe Mountain Resort was not unheard of, however it was a little more difficult.  Footage has been found of skiers from the Lomond Mountaineering Club on the mountain as early as 1939.

In the early 1950’s a temporary tow was installed in the main basin but it wasn’t until 1954 that a group led by Philip Rankin began to plan installing permanent uplift on the mountain.

Mr Rankin together with the Scottish Ski Club installed the first overhead ski lift on Meall A’Bhuiridh in 1955 ready for use in the Winter of 1956.  Weather conditions were too harsh and exposed to ski in December and January (especially with no facilities to escape the elements) so this new permanent tow opened to the public in late February 1956 creating the first commercial ski centre in Scotland.

Philip Rankin died in March of 2017 just a month away from his 100th birthday.

Thanks for Philip and the other skiing pioneers who opened the accessibility of Skiing in Glencoe for us all to enjoy.


Photo credits

Archive photo from Glencoe Mountain Resort.

Flags fly at half mast on the day of Philips funeral.  Photo by Stephen Spires.

Sport Scotland : Awarding Philip with a Lifetime Achievement award shortly before his death.

Philip at Glencoe Mountain next to his portrait which incidentally survived the fire on Christmas 2019.



Snowsport Scotland Training Centres deliver in a challenging first year.

During 2019/20 Snowsport Scotland started building a new devolved framework of training centres, appointed and equipped to organise and deliver instructor, leader and coach training on behalf of the governing body.

The first year of operation has had its challenges, firstly equipping the centres and training and appointing tutors, but then having a January with no snow, a February largely stormed-off and a March literally plagued with COVID-19 lockdown, but the good news we can report is…

The network of training centres have successfully delivered training to over 325 candidates in this first year.

Our thanks go out to our existing centres:-

  • Glasgow Ski Centre
  • Glencoe Mountain
  • The Nevis Range
  • Parallel Lines
  • Glenmore Lodge
  • G-Snow
  • Aberdeen Snowsports
  • Lagganlia
  • Lothian Ski Racing

Looking ahead at 20/21, we very much look forward to working with them to build this training delivery channel and also bringing on the following new training centres, which are going through the process of becoming setup to be operational once the COVID-19 restrictions start to lift:-

  • Snowcamp
  • Newmilns
  • Snowfactor
  • The Lecht Ski School
  • Glenshee Ski School
  • The Gordon Skiers


Thank you to Michael

Snowsport Scotland would like to celebrate and herald the volunteering work of Michael Bamgboye who once again has gone above and beyond to support the alpine racing community. Michael has really set a fantastic example for all aspirant volunteers in offering his time and experise at 9 separate snowsport events over the 2019/20 season.

These have included Club National and GBR races, Snowsport Scotland Championship events and Michael also sits on the committee of the Scottish Schools Snowsports Association (SSSA) in which capacity he also organises 3 of their events.

Well done and thank you Michael!

With online e-training very much the topic of the moment plans are afoot to put together a series of short alpine calculation and SkiPro training videos that will be published onto the Snowsport Scotland website – more news on time frame will follow shortly.

SSSA Beats the Lockdown

The Scottish Schools Snowsports Association fortunately managed to complete their annual series of alpine races just before the current lockdown was enforced, and once again report great levels of participation in school snowsports events.

A total of 2316 pupils entered into events in the 2019/20 season and whilst this season hasn’t broken their all-time record of 2687 pupils, it reflects excellent long term growth.

The SSSA has been a great success story over the last 10 years, increasing it’s number of annual events from 3 to 35, increasing its geographical reach from 2 to more than 15 locations across the country and increasing its range of activity from one discipline, alpine racing, to now include skier and boarder cross, and park and pipe events. It is wholly inclusive, embracing participation from everyone and anyone at school in Scotland from team GB athletes to complete novices entering their first fun event.

The SSSA’s main purpose is to provide fun, safe and accessible schools snowsports events that inspire young people to participate and then go on and engage further in recreational, club and performance snowsports training opportunities. It certainly seems to be achieving this objective and we congratulate them once again on a successful season. To find out more about the SSSA please visit

2020 Membership Renewals

On 31st May all competitor and coach, leader and instructor licenses fall due for renewal. This year, renewal prices will be held at the following prices until 31st August:-

  • Competitor U12 = £10
  • Competitor 12+ = £20
  • Coach, Leader, Instructor – Volunteer = £20
  • Coach, Leader, Instructor – Professional = £60

After 1st September the new pricing for 20/21 will kick in, so renew your membership early, keep yourself insured and take advantage of this early bird offer.


If you need to register for the first time you can find more information on:-

Online Training Courses

With the restrictions of the COVID-19 lockdown no face-to-face training is currently taking place.

Snowsport Scotland is therefore building a library of online training resources and videos. These are designed to offer everything from 60 second “How to’s” right through to longer online training videos offering CPD (continuing professional development) recognition for qualified coaches, leader and instructors.

Training videos are accessible to everyone, but those wishing to use them as CPD are required to then complete a short set of online questions as part of the CPD validation process. All instruction is given in each video.

There is a designated page on our website where we will store the library of links for our videos, as well as our Snowsport Scotland Youtube Channel. Make sure that you subscribe to our channel so that you get notified when we post new content. We will be gradually populating this page over the coming weeks and months, so there will be something for everyone!


Good News Stories … Ski Slip & Slide

In times like these we all need time to think creatively.

Ewan Mcadam came up with a unique way to get his ski practice in with his makeshift “ski slip & slide”!

Ewan who is a Fife Roller Ski Club regular and member of the Nordic Development Group was introduced to skiing at a schools session in 2018. He got that pair of skis for his Christmas (ex-rentals from Huntly Nordic Outdoor Centre) and had the chance to ski on snow for the first time this winter.

It is a shame that the winter was cut short but we are delighted that Ewan put a smile on all of our faces!

(Photos by mum, Gail Mcadam)


Scottish Alpine Ski Team 2020-2021

Snowsport Scotland are pleased to announce the Scottish Alpine Ski Team for the following season.

GB World Cup 

Charlie Guest

Alex Tilley

GB Europa Cup 

Cara Brown

Owen Vinter

Zak Vinter


Charles Rankin

Callum Langmuir


Ladies FIS Team 

Hannah Gray

Nicole Ritchie

Katie Stuart

Ladies U18 FIS Team 

Emelia Ackerley

Ailsa Hay

Holly Mckey

Shona Rankin

Iona Ross

Isla Ward

Men’s FIS Team 

David Christy

Euan Kick

Jonathan Marshall

Men’s U18 FIS Team 

Robbie Anderson

Alexandre Clarke

Alistair Hall

Fraser Hunter

Zachary Metheringham

Gregor Munro

Ryan Pye

Ladies U16 Team 

Sophie Anderson

Maisie Blyth

Maisie Morgan

Madison Spence

Erin Ward

Men’s U16 Team 

Fraser Baggley

Lewis Calder

Ryrie Hodge

Frederick Horn

Daniel Leitch

William Lennox

Lewis Mckey

Emerson Proctor

Murdo Watson

The following Athletes have been invited to train with the Scottish Alpine team.

Ladies FIS Team

Ciorstaidh Struthers

Men’s FIS Team

Adam Hay

Men’s FIS U18 Team

Joe Grieve

Euan Mclew

Men’s U16 Team

Sebastian Ackerley

Ruaridh Blyth

Paul Marshall