Aldershot Snowsports for the Disabled is affiliated to Snowsports England, the national governing body for snowsports. The club provides opportunities for disabled people to experience skiing and snowboarding, mainly through its monthly sessions at the Aldershot dry ski slope, although it also provides trips throughout the year to enable disabled people to experience snowsports on real snow. With our occasional socials, away trips to the indoor snows of Landgraaf and an avid race team, ASD are a fun group to be associated with. ASD was the first disabled ski club in the country to achieve Snowmark accreditation.
The Club has over 100 members of all ages and we try to cater for every standard and for most disabilities. Our current members range from complete beginners to more advanced skiers and boarders. A number of our skiers have also joined the slope's race training sessions and have also competed in the Special Olympics World Games.
There has been a ski slope at Aldershot since the 1960’s. Originally it was the Army ski slope and you can see what it was like in the early days at http://www.britishpathe.com/video/army-ski-slope/query/Aldershot. In the early 1970’s the facility became a joint Army and Rushmoor Borough Council venture. It is now Rushmoor’s Leisure facility, Alpine Snowsports, managed by Active Nation.
In 1974 Hubert and Joan Sturgess started the British Ski Club for the Disabled (BSCD). They had seen Swiss blind skiers being guided and believed something similar could be provided on artificial slopes in the UK. They developed a completely voluntary charity with no paid staff, it provided skiing for all disabilities and all ages and we were the first of the BSCD Clubs. Read more