The Aims of the Association are:
• To promote and encourage snow sports in South Africa and to direct and manage its development in recreational and competitive fields.
• To improve the moral, mental and physical health of individuals in South Africa through it's programmes, projects and competitions.
• To create and maintain friendly and sportsmanlike relations between its members
• Not to allow any discrimination in snow sports matters against any club or its members on racial, religious, political or other grounds.
• To select and enter competitors into national and international competitions and to issue relevant licenses, assisting South African athletes to achieve their highest goals.
• To raise funds for the purpose and objectives of the Association and in particular to improve and establish facilities and for the purpose of sending South Africans to international events.
• To keep close contact with relevant national and international umbrella organizations, observing and implementing their recommendations, rules and regulations to the best of our ability.
Snow Sports South Africa (SSSA) is the National governing body for skiing and snowboarding and was formed in 1990 under the name of “South African National Snow Ski Association” (SANSSA), in order to co-ordinate the development of skiing in South Africa and gain national and international recognition.
Snow Sports SA is a member of the International Ski Federation (FIS), the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF), the Small Evolving Ski Nations (SES), the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and is recognized by the Dept. of Sport and Recreation. It manages the Olympic disciplines of Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Jumping, Nordic Combined, Freestyle Skiing, Bobsleigh & Skeleton in South Africa.
Snow Sports SA is responsible for setting the national competition rules for the above mentioned disciplines and stages annual ski and snowboard competitions through its member clubs.
Since the formation of Snow Sports South Africa, the Association has organized regular training camps, teaching clinics and competitions in South Africa and has sent representatives to international meetings, congresses, training- and coaching camps. Some of the athletes have successfully competed in World Cup events, World Championship events, Paralympic Winter Games and Olympic Winter Games since 1996.
South Africa has a number of mountains where natural snow falls during the winter months (between May and September) and it is possible to ski in some of these areas.
Enthusiastic individuals have taken advantage of this and have formed Ski Clubs and established facilities. This goes back as far as 1929 when members of ‘The Mountain Club of South Africa’ started skiing in the Matroosberg (Western Cape) Mountain range.
Later, clubs also developed in the Eastern Cape Mountains and skiers from Gauteng and the Free State started to ski in the Maluti Mountains in Lesotho. Over the years, basic facilities were built in the mountains like huts and ski lifts.
Access to reliable local skiing facilities improved considerably when in 1994 South Africa’s first commercial ski resort, Tiffindell Ski Resort, situated in the Eastern Cape Mountains, opened. The only ski resort in South Africa offers accommodation, ski-shop with ski hire, has modern snow making facilities and ski lifts.
It is host to South Africa’s main events on the annual ski and snowboard calendar, the National Children (U16, U14, U12, U10) and Masters Championships. From July 2014 the resort hosts International FIS competitions which incorporate the National Alpine Ski Championships and National Alpine Junior Championship events.
Since the opening of the resort, the Association has embarked on ambitious development programs in cooperation with the resort and Ikhephu Ski Pups Club with thanks to financial assistance from the Dept. of Sport & Recreation.
SNOW SPORTS SOUTH AFRICA
Snow Sports South Africa
P.O. Box 13430
1631 Norkem Park
South Africa (RSA)
Tel.: +27 11 9764731
Fax: +27 11 9764580