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About disability snowsport uk

DSUK believe that taking part in adaptive snowsport has the power to transform a person’s relationship with their disability. We are committed to enabling all disabled people to redefine their relationship with not just the snow, but with all aspects of their lives. We are committed to enabling all people to participate in snowsport, regardless of disability, injury, or experience.

We operate ski schools at various locations throughout the UK as well as delivering opportunities to ski and snowboard in a mountain environment worldwide.
We are supported by a fantastic team of highly-qualified adaptive instructors as well as a brilliant network of passionate and skilled volunteers. Together, we work to ensure that everybody has the opportunity to access snowsport.

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Our proud history

DSUK has over forty year's experience of teaching adaptive snowsports in the UK. We worked with the British Association of Snowsport Instructors (BASI) to introduce the Adaptive Snowsport Instructor qualification pathway. Here's how it all began...

1970s

David Morris FRCP MRCS DCH, a consultant paediatrician and adviser to the National Spastics Society (now Scope) 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 (CP).

These highly controversial ideas met with resistance but  a pilot scheme proved incredible benefits.

1980s - 1990s

It became clear that many other disabled people could  benefit from snowsport. The Uphill Ski Club formed as an independent charity. This meant that  other disabled people could  access snowsport, not just those living with CP.

Over the years, our activities widened so that all disabled people, regardless of disability, injury, or experience, could access the benefits of snowsport.

The Noughties

In 2005 two other charities (the National Handicapped Skiers Association and Scotland’s Alternative Skiers) joined the Uphill Ski Club. To reflect this new body The Uphill Ski Club changed its name.

In 2007 The British Ski Club for the Disabled also disbanded and came together under our new name,  Disability Snowsport UK (DSUK). It's been an exciting 40 years for us, and we're excited for the next 40 to come...

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our values

As a staff team we hold ourselves, our skiers, and each other accountable to the below values which we agree and review each year.

welcoming

We offer a warm welcome to everybody. Whether you are living with a disability, injury or limb loss, or want to help those who are, you can expect a warm and friendly welcome.

Celebrating Difference

We celebrate individual difference. We believe that everyone deserves the power of snowsport in their lives and are committed to creating an inclusive and supportive space for all.

Challenging and supporting

We will challenge and support you. We believe in your full potential and are excited to work with you towards achieving your goals.

being honest

We will be honest with you. We will share our honest opinions on what will or will not be possible within any given constraints. We will provide honest feedback on your performance and progression.

listening

We will listen to you. we recognise that you are the expert in your own life. We will listen to you and strive to meet your individual needs.

staying positive

we will strive to maintain a positive attititude. we all have tough days but we will try to maintain a positive Attitude, because what we achieve together is awesome!

learning

we learn from our experiences. we might not always achieve what we instend to but we believe that failure demonstrates effort. We celebrate our effort and courage because we were brave and we gave it our all.

What They Say?

What Our clients Say?

"When I became disabled my whole world changed. I needed something that would make me feel alive again, something that would make me feel the blood pumping around my body and give me the thrill that I needed in my life. Thank you DSUK!"

CLAIRE
ADAPTIVE SKIER