About Disability Snowsport UK

Disability Snowsport UK 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.

We have applied exceptional know-how and adaptability for over 30 years to enable those with a disability to experience the joy of skiing alongside the able-bodied.

We provide exciting and life enhancing activities for individuals or groups who require adaptive equipment and/or special instruction and support.
Strategy 2019 - 2021

Our History – The 1970s
David Morris FRCP MRCS DCH, a consultant paediatrician, adviser to the National Spastics Society (now Scope) and a very keen skier, was convinced that the movement available through skiing could have valuable benefits in enhancing coordination, balance and self-awareness in young people with cerebral palsy. These highly controversial ideas met with resistance for a number of years. However, perseverance paid off and the National Spastics Society undertook a pilot scheme involving six children. The early years concentrated on the younger members of the society and various residential activities, proved that the theory translated into practice - with highly beneficial results. These preliminary steps were expanded to cover a much wider age range and again the benefits were easy to see. The participants confirmed the earlier findings with a genuine desire for the project to continue and expand.
The 1980s & 1990s
It had become obvious that many other people with similar motor disabilities could also benefit from these activities. The Uphill Ski Club formed as an independent charity and the lessons learnt during the earlier years became available to a much wider range of users. Over the years, the charity’s activities widened to the extent that those with a disability, whether physical, sensory or learning could join in fully with the programme.
The Amalgamation of Charities
In 2005 two other charities that had provided activities for adaptive skiers (the National Handicapped Skiers Association and Scotland’s Alternative Skiers) disbanded and joined the organisation of the Uphill Ski Club. To reflect this new body, it was then decided that the organisation should change its name.

In 2007 The British Ski Club for the Disabled also disbanded and came together under the name Disability Snowsport UK to enable them to continue their work delivering adaptive lessons to the disabled.
Our Goal
As is the ultimate goal for David Morris:

"Why shouldn’t you have a wheelchair on the top of a mountain?"

- a comment made in 1974 and still so relevant today.
Our 3 Levels of Activity
The charity supported all those who wished to participate in winter sports at three different levels of activity:

Local Groups, run by volunteers and, meet at dry slopes around the country delivering adaptive lessons to the disabled community by qualified adaptive instructors

Main Programme
Residential activity weeks are organised throughout Europe and the USA.

Ski School and Schools & Youth
Activities based around the traditional ski school - that also coordinates the training of both instructors and volunteer helpers.