The Ski Club's original inspiration came from just a few skiers back in 1903. These snowsports pioneers wanted to encourage 'people to learn to ski, improve and take more enjoyment from their skiing while bringing together people interested in the sport'.
These Ski Club commitments are now reflected as a new programme, The Inspire Awards - to bring this legacy alive.
The six categories of awards and funding recognise and reward the talented men and women who are making a positive contribution to snowsports.
The first two awards, introduced in 2016 - The Thomas Lang Schools Bursary and Members Green Award - are yearly funding schemes available for schools, students and Ski Club Members, aiming to develop and encourage participation in snowsports.
Applications available throughout the year for funding up to £1,000
In recent years, attitudes to preserving and protecting the environment have become more and more important. None more so than the issues around the sustainability of snowsports and the mountain environment. The Green Award will offer funding of up to £1,000 towards environmental-led snowsport projects undertaken by anyone who is a member of the Ski Club of Great Britain. Whether you are raising funds to clean your local mountain, investigating changing snowfall across the seasons or filming a documentary on melting Alpine glaciers, this award could be one to consider. The money raised from the 50p membership levy will now go towards the Green Award, opening out the previous Respect the Mountain funding initiative to include green charities or projects that skiers and snowboarders are actively involved in.
Application form - Green Award
Thomas Lang Schools Bursary
Application deadline 31 May of each year for funding up to £1,000.
The Ski Club's Thomas Lang Bursary helps secondary school students experience skiing and snowboarding. The scheme awards will award funds of up to £1,000 to go towards helping children to discover the magic of snowsports, thanks to Thomas Lang. A Ski Club member, Lang generously bequeathed a sum of money because of his great love of skiing and involvement with the Ski Club throughout his life.
Application form – Schools
Frank McCusker Young Leaders Award
Deadlines for applications: 30th September 2018 (interviews take place shortly afterwards).
The award opens up a great opportunity for a young skier or snowboarder to experience expert mountain training and learn how to conduct an exciting Leader programme for Ski Club members, in preparation to lead in some of the best ski resorts around the world. The recipient will have the opportunity to attend the Ski Club Leaders Course in the Alps in December 2018, and to become a Leader for the 2018-19 season.
The Leaders course lasts for 12 days, and includes leadership skills, performance on and off piste, navigation, avalanche safety and snow craft. If the successful applicant passes the course, he or she will be guaranteed a leading slot in one of 18 resorts for the 2018-19 season.
If you love being social on the slopes and would like to put your leadership skills to the test, this application is for you! To apply for the Frank McCusker Young Leaders Award you need to be an advanced or expert skier or snowboarder (on and off piste) between the ages of 18 and 25, and show that you have enthusiasm and commitment to helping the snow sports community.
To find out more about the award, click here.
The Pery Medal
The Pery Medal is awarded to a skier, individual or organisation for an outstanding contribution to snowsports. Instituted in 1929 by the Hon E C Pery (later the Earl of Limerick, DSO) and President of the Ski Club of Great Britain (1925-27). Nominations for this prestigious Pery Medal are now decided and awarded by an industry panel who will judge all nominations on their merit.
Click here to view previous winners
Evie Pinching Award
The Evie Pinching award celebrates the next generation of young and upcoming skiers and boarders, helping them to reach their goal in their chosen snowsports – from slopestyle to downhill and everything in-between. Evelyn Pinching (1915-1988), was herself a British alpine skier who won the 1936 women's downhill and combined events in the world championship in Innsbruck, and competed in the 1936 Winter Olympics. New for 2016, a snowsports industry panel drawn from across England, Scotland and Wales will put forward their nominations followed by a public vote where one young athlete will be awarded funding of £1000.
Ski Club Cups & Competitions
Since the Ski Club’s inception in 1903 we’ve taken great pride in being involved with both junior and senior British racing and competitions across all disciplines. From the British schoolgirl races right up to the BRITS freestyle championships, the Ski Club continues to pride itself on supporting the development of talent from the playground up to the podium.