about us

The Skiers Trust is the UK’s oldest and widest reaching national snowsports charity for young people.

The power of snowsports to enhance and change lives cannot be underestimated. Whether supporting the next generation of British competitors to compete on the world stage or giving a life chance to young people with additional needs or from disadvantaged backgrounds, the Skiers Trust helps young people thrive and reach their potential.

Snowsports have the capacity to enthuse, motivate and generate lasting confidence. Our grant recipients can attest to the real value of our past assistance.

We believe it’s in everyone’s interest to widen access to snowsports for young people whatever their background.

Today and the Future
We drive the core of our charitable work through our Focused Funds. These enable us to target our support of young people in a clear and successful way to matches the intentions of our donors, achieving balance in delivering much needed grants across the full range of our charitable objectives.

We also run a number of Foundation Funds that have greatly supported young people over the course of the years. We are proud of the contribution they make to society.

We are highly efficient financially. We have no employees and no offices. We operate in a modern, lean way. Our Trustees are truly executive; they do all the work alongside our Ambassadors. For large donors, our Focused Funds and Foundation Funds have extremely low, single digit expense ratios.

We can only make a difference if we receive donations. Our close involvement in the management and administration of the Skiers Trust ensures donations are properly and efficiently used to support young people, both today and in the future.

Beginnings with foresight
The Skiers Trust was created in the 1960s as a triumvirate in British snowsports alongside the National Ski Federation (now GB Snowsport) and the Ski Club of Great Britain. The Ski Federation functioned as the governing body, the Ski Club as the membership organisation, and the Skiers Trust as the charitable arm.

The Skiers Trust was established by a core group of Ski Federation and Ski Club members guided by General Sir Roderick McLeod GCB, GBE, DL, founding chairman of the National Ski Federation of Great Britain, and supported by Lord Hunt, who had led the first successful Everest expedition in 1953 that saw Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tensing Norgay reach the summit of the highest mountain in the world.

Brigadier Sir John Hunt CBE DSO DCL LLD Painting by Denis Fildes Photo Credit: Defence Academy of United Kingdom
General Sir Roderick McLeod GCB GBE DL