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Snowsports for Schools

Children can gain so much from engaging in snowsports, far more than just learning a new skill.  In fact taking part in snowsports meets all the Significant Aspects of Learning in Physical Education set out in Education Scotland's Curriculum for Excellence.





Schools can engage in "Learn to Ski and Snowboard" programmes  throughout the year on artificial ski slopes, indoors, and on the snow in the mountains.  You will find a range of lesson packages offered, including "one-off taster" days for schools, however given that skiing is a skill that cannot be learnt in one session, we recommend that schools consider trying a "learn to ski package" that includes a minimum of 4-6 hours instruction.

For more information including contact details for specialist schools packages please see below, they will be delighted to offer you guidance on what level of instruction or coaching you require.


Across Scotland there are many school competition opportunities. Schools are actively encouraged to form novice and or more experienced schools ski teams and enter into competition. Regional schools competitions are organised by local ski centres and often these are part of the Scottish Schools National events Series. At the highest level, Scottish pupils are able to represent their country at the World Schools Championships every 2 years. 

To find out more about schools snowsports competition opportunities see the "Schools Associations" Section below.



Schools at Artificial Slopes

Taking a group of pupils for a ski or snowboard lesson at a dry slope could not be easier.

* No special clothing is required

* All equipment is provided

* The children are supervised by the instructors

* Sessions are flexible from one hour up to 1 day

* All insurance is covered by the ski centre

All you need to do is arrange transport and pay from as little as £5-£7 per child to give them the experience of a lifetime.  For more information download the Schools Resource Pack on the right hand side.  Artificial slopes offering schools "Learn to Ski and Snowboard" packages include:-

Alford Ski Centre

Aberdeen Snowsports Centre

Bearsden Ski Centre

Glasgow Ski Centre

Newmilns Ski Centre

Midlothian Snowsports Centre

Firpark Ski Centre (Tillicoutry)

Polmonthill Ski Centre

Glenmore Lodge Ski Slope (Oct/Nov program)


In the Mountains

Taking your pupils to the mountains can be a fantastic learning experience in a new environment.  At the five Scottish mountain resorts there are a range of providers specialising in catering for school groups. All offer comprehensive schools programs. For more information download the Schools Resource Pack on the right hand side and use the links below.

Nevis Range

The Nevis Range Ski School

Glencoe Mountain Resort

The Glencoe Mountain Ski School

Glenshee Ski Centre

Glenshee Ski and Board School

Braemar Snowsports - Gordon Rattray

Blairgowrie Ski Hire

Fresh Tracks Glenshee

CairnGorm Mountain

CairnGorm Mountain Snow School

The Ski School

The Lecht

The Lecht Ski School


SnowFactor is Scotlands only indoor snow slope, based at intu Braehead, near Glasgow.  It offers school groups packages to suit all budgets. For more info visit SnowFactor

Nordic Skiing and Rollerskiing

The only centre of its kind in the UK Huntly Nordic and Outdoor Ski Centre offers the chance to try, progress and perfect cross country skiing and rollerskiing.  The best way to get your school started is to arrange a taster session.  In addition to Huntly there are other clubs in Scotland where you can learn to nordic ski and/or rollerski, visit our find a club page to find out more.

Schools Snowsports Associations

Scottish Schools Snowsports Association (SSSA)

The SSSA creates opportunities for primary and secondary school pupils to participate in competitive snowsports across the country, from artificial slopes to the mountains.  To visit the SSSA website click here.

Badenoch and Strathspey Schools Snowsport Association (BSSSA)

The BSSSA winter programme takes place in March, with over 150 primary children from across Badenoch & Strathspey learning a snowsport. Nine local primary schools get the chance of heavily subsidised skiing & snowboarding lessons for pupils over four weekly sessions on Cairngorm Mountain. To find out more click here.

Grampian Schools Snowsports Association (GSSA)

The Grampian Schools Snowsports Association (GSSA) is made up of representatives of the following organisations (in no particular order): Aberdeen Snowsports Centre; Aberdeen Snowsports Club; Alford Dry Ski Slope; Gordon Skiers; Huntly Nordic Ski Club; Huntly Nordic and Outdoor Centre; Active Schools - Aberdeen; Active Schools - Aberdeenshire; and Active Schools - Moray.  The GSSA aims to support schools participation in snowsports in Grampian by organising local schools competitions and facilitating links to the SSSA and their events as well other snowsports partners, for example, clubs, facilities, and snowsports schools.  To find out more click here.
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