Get Inspired: How to get into Adventure Snow Sports

BBC Get Inspired: Lesley McKenna's top 5 tips

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Get Inspired - Lesley McKenna's top 5 tips
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Why get into snow sports?They are exhilarating and perfect for anyone who want to push themselves to the limit!
Who is it for?Adventure snow sports are ideal if you like an adrenaline rush.
Is there a cheap option?Lots of clubs offer low cost courses and equipment hire for beginners or people who want to improve their technique.
What if I want a proper workout?Whichever activity you choose, you'll be working your legs and core muscles.
Can I take it to another level?There are clubs across the UK that offer courses at every level.
Is there a disability option?There are adaptive or options for people with disabilities in most activities.
Is there a family option?Snow sports are a popular family pastime and there are courses available for juniors, adults and seniors.

Whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned pro, there are loads of adventure snow sports on offer. There is a network of indoor snow centres and outdoor slopes across the UK that are open all year round.

We've pulled together a list of the most exhilarating snow sports below, but the best place to start for information near you is Snowsport England,Snowsport Scotland,Snowsport Wales and if you are in Northern Ireland the Ski Club of Northern Ireland has a Facebook page. For disability options, Disability Snowsport UK is a great resource, providing links to accessible clubs and information.


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GB slopestyle snowboarder Jenny Jones' tips for beginners

Snowboarding is an activity for thrill seekers. You wind down a slope with both feet strapped to a board, using your body weight to change direction and control speed. Whether you want to learn to do jumps, tricks and twists or to race down a slope, it's an action packed sport. The equipment can vary in cost and style but most snow centres or clubs have kit to hire and there's lessons available for all levels.

It's a popular activity for all ages with lots of local groups and courses available for people with disabilities too. Take a look at our guide to snowboarding for more information.

Snow kiting

Snow kiting
Snowboarder holding kite

Snowkiting is a bit likekitesurfing and snowboarding mixed together - if you have any experience in one or both of these areas, you should pick it up easily. The power of a large kite is used to travel across snow or ice and to do jumps and tricks. You can use skis or a snowboard but you'll need some training to learn the core skills before taking to the slopes as it's a tricky sport to master. There aren't many places in the UK to have a go, but your local snowsports organisation can point you in the right direction.

Cross country skiing

Cross country skiing
Cross country skiing

Cross country skiing (also known as Nordic skiing), sees participants trekking or racing over large areas of snowy terrain. It's a physically demanding activity but it's easy to pick up the basics. See Snowsport England,Snowsport Wales and Snowsport Scotland to find a club near you. Roller skiing is a good alternative that has been adopted by the UK teams as a way of training during the summer months. To find out more, visit our roller sports guide.

Ski jumping

Ski Jumping
Ski Jumping

Do you fancy yourself as the next Eddie the Eagle? Then ski jumping might be for you! It's a fast paced, high adrenaline sport which requires a strong core and good balance. There aren't many places to try ski jumping in the UK but you can try it out at resorts across the world, and there's certainly lots of UK based clubs where you can build up some strong basic skiing experience, which is essential to the activity. It's not one for the faint hearted but is great for thrill seekers. See our skiing guide to find out more.


Father and son sledging
Father and son sledging

Sledging is the adventure activity for everyone and is accessible to both adults and children. There are lots of snow centres across the UK that offer opportunities to whizz, spin and slide down a slope! Traditional sledges are wooden framed but there are lots of cheaper options on the market now with some specifically designed for disabilities. You could also get creative and make your own at home and head to the park in snowy weather. Sledging can be fast paced and fun but make sure you dress for it or you're likely to get covered in snow! Snowsport England,Wales and Scotland are good resources to use to find a club near you.

Volunteering and Coaching

volunteer in the snow sweeping the course
volunteer in the snow sweeping the course

Whether you have been a snow sport enthusiast in the past or just have an interest in developing talent, coaching opportunities are available. Find out more about becoming a coach in England,Northern Ireland,Wales and Scotland and you can also try Sports Coach UK.

Or use your skills to volunteer or coach at a local club. See Volunteer Scotland,Join In UK,Sport Wales,Sport England and Volunteer Now for further info.

What's next?

1. Go to our Activity Finder to get into winter sports near you.

2. Find your local snow sports club in England,Northern Ireland,Wales and Scotland

3. Share your story and inspire others!

Are you inspired to try adventure snow sports? Or maybe you are a expert already? Get in touch and tell us your experience of the activity by tweeting us on @bbcgetinspired, visiting us on Facebook or email us on

See our full list of activity guides for more inspiration.