Get Inspired: Get involved in Winter Sport near you

From ice dancing to bobsleigh, skiing to curling, winter sport can be done all year round, right across the UK. So if you have been inspired by the Winter Olympics, why not try a winter sport near you.

Perhaps you fancy returning to a winter sport after some time away or you would like to see what it's like to swap a warm weather sport for something a little more cool.

There are lots of activities on offer, whether you are a complete beginner or more advanced.

The Get Inspired team have pulled together links to some of the best winter sport schemes across the UK so you can get out and give it a go.

BIATHLON

WHAT IS IT?

BIATHLON is a combination of cross-country skiing and shooting inspired by the Norwegian military.

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

The British Biathlon Union (BBU) is the sport's governing body in Britain. The BBU website  offers a handy guide to getting started in biathlon  (pdf).

There are currently four clubs offering biathlon facilities and training to those who want to start competing or participating. They are Cairngorm Biathlon & Nordic Ski Club  (CBNSC), Wessex Biathlon & Nordic Ski Club  (WBNSC), Budleigh Farm Target Shooting Club  (BFTSC) and East Grange Biathlon Centre  (EGBC).

BOBSLEIGH

WHAT IS IT?

BOBSLEIGH involves racing against the clock as you plummet down an ice slope while sitting in a technologically advanced barrel.

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

British Bobsleigh  is the governing body in charge of the sport and provides access to facilities and training, centred around the GB team's complex at the University Of Bath.

British Bobsleigh offers a membership package  which gives members the chance to compete at the British Championships, alongside a Try it!  page with more details.

CURLING

Rhona Martin wins gold in 2002

WHAT IS IT?

CURLING is an intricate, tactical back-and-forth game to a sheet of ice, accessible to all ages.

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

Visit www.trycurling.com  to find out the basics of the game and how to play, where the latest Try Curling taster sessions and Beginners Classes are taking place near you, locations of ice rinks and curling clubs across the country.

The Royal Caledonian Curling Club  is the National Governing Body for Curling in Scotland and offers a number of options.

Check the websites of British Curling  , Curling in England  , the Welsh Curling Association  , and the Irish Curling Association  for news and links to local clubs.

FIGURE SKATING

Torvill and Dean win gold in 1984

WHAT IS IT?

FIGURE SKATING. is a sport where individuals, duos, or groups perform on figure skates on ice.

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

The National Ice Skating Association's flagship campaign is Skate UK,  a 10-stage programme to increase participation from beginners to more experienced skaters.

To find your nearest skating rink, use the rinks and clubs finder.  SK8 Scotland  and Skate NI  offer similar services.

ICE HOCKEY

WHAT IS IT?

ICE HOCKEY is a full-contact sport demanding pace, agility, poise, vision and finesse.

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

You could start by watching your local Elite League  team, spread across cities in all four home nations.

If you want to begin playing, the English Ice Hockey Association  has a comprehensive club index  which features a list of facilities and clubs within England. Scottish Ice Hockey  provides a similar service north of the border. There are a range of women's teams playing in leagues across the UK.

LUGE

WHAT IS IT?

The LUGE, which translates as 'sled', sees competitors travelling feet-first down an icy track at up to 85mph - with only a helmet for protection.

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

Chill Factor-e in Manchester  now offers a dedicated luge facility. It's only 60m long and far removed from the Olympic event, but it will offer you a taste.

Beyond that, anyone keen to pursue luge in the UK will have to be prepared to travel abroad to improve.

NORDIC COMBINED

WHAT IS IT?

NORDIC COMBINED is a sport which combines ski jumping and cross-country skiing.

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

To become a true Nordic combined athlete you will have to head abroad to one of Europe's dedicated ski jump facilities.

You may need considerable time on the slopes beforehand to brush up on your skills. Snowsport England provides a handy club and slope finder,  as do Snowsport Wales  and Snowsport Scotland,  for those wanting to get started.

SHORT-TRACK AND SPEED SKATING

Wilf O'Reilly takes double gold 1988

WHAT IS IT?

SHORT-TRACK involves skating around a track at close to 30mph, while SPEED SKATING is a longer, more endurance-based sport.

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

The National Ice Skating Association's (Nisa) skating campaign is: Skate UK,  a 10-stage programme to increase participation in all forms of skating from beginners to more experienced skaters.

To find your nearest skating rink, use the rinks and clubs finder.  SK8 Scotland  and Skate NI  offer similar services.

SKELETON

Amy Williams in thrilling 2010 gold

WHAT IS IT?

In SKELETON the aim is to push your sled from a starting point as quickly as possible before jumping on the sled head first and using bodyweight to 'steer' on the way down.

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

The UK does not possess its own skeleton track, but the University of Bath has a small start-track for training purposes. There are regular Talent ID  days if you think you have what it takes.

SKIING

Eddie 'the Eagle' Edwards lights up 1988 Olympics

WHAT IS IT?

ALPINE, CROSS COUNTRY AND FREESTYLE are different skiing disciplines. Alpine involves racing at speed in the downhill, taking on the turns of slalom or doing both in the combined. Cross Country demands stamina and endurance, while freestyle gives the opportunity to be creative with jumps and tricks performed.

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

There is a network of indoor snow centres and outdoor ski slopes across the UK.

Snowsport England provides a handy club and slope finder  for artificial slopes and snowdomes, as do Snowsport Wales  , while Snowsport Scotland  point potential skiers to slopes across the country, as well as the real snow-covered resorts around the Cairngorms. The Ski Club of Northern Ireland has a Facebook page  with information.

Snowsport England run a campaign called GO SKI GO BOARD  which offers all inclusive skiing (and snowboarding) sessions at an affordable price, they also have information about getting started in freestyle. 

SNOWBOARD

GB slopestyle snowboarder Jenny Jones' tips for beginners

WHAT IS IT?

SNOWBOARD is a high-octane sport ranging from the open nature of freestyle to specialist events like parallel giant slalom.

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

There is a network of indoor snow centres and outdoor slopes across the UK. Snowsport England provides a handy club and slope finder,  as do Snowsport Wales  and Snowsport Scotland,  for those wanting to get started. The Ski Club of Northern Ireland has a Facebook page  with information.

Snowsport England run a national participation campaign called GO SKI GO BOARD  which offers all inclusive snowboarding (and ski) sessions at an affordable price for both beginners and those wanting to get back into the sport.

Are you inspired to try a Winter Sport? Or maybe you are a keen enthusiast already? Get in touch and tell us your experience by tweeting us on @bbcgetinspired  or email us on getinspired@bbc.co.uk.

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