POR Rule 9.33 Snowsports requires helmets to be worn for all snowsports activities, this includes sledging in Terrain 1 and 2. If you are operating in Terrain 0 then helmets should be identified and considered as part of your activity risk assessment.
No. You only require a permit for sledging in Terrain 1 or 2. There is guidance which should be followed for managing sledging in Terrain 0.
This is an external provider in a closed environment, so no permit is necessary. However, new and inexperienced participants should have instruction given by the centre’s staff and you need to adhere to their own regulations, as do independent participants. Centres have their own rules about who can participate in snowsports without instruction. Check with the provider what their arrangements are. Most will be very receptive to Scout Groups.
All permits are valid until their expiration date but may only be used in line with the conditions of issue at that time. If you have a skiing permit you can only operate to the level which your permit was issued. When you come to renew you will apply for a snowsports permit, this can be restricted to skiing if appropriate.
If you were assessed for a skiing permit, prior to the changes in January 2017, then you can only lead as stipulated in your permit.
If you have a snowsports permit and do not have restrictions preventing you from operating with snowboarders, then you can lead snowboarding.
The only assessors within Scouting for snowsports were for skiing and so have all been transferred to be snowsports assessors, the intention of this change is to open accessibility to members to take part in snowboarding activities. If you have no experience of snowboarding, this does not mean that you have to assess the snowboard element of a snowsports permit.
As all permits have now been combined for all snowsports, we require assessors to have qualifications which cover a range of disciplines. Nordic qualifications are not broad enough, so you would not be able to become an assessor.
The Snowboard Leader Award is no longer available and therefore has been removed from our documentation.
If your group are going to get instruction from professional instructors whilst on your trip (for example, you’ve booked to have instruction in the morning and plan to have personal practice time in the afternoon), young people (under 18) can get a short term personal permit exemption. This will allow them to take part in on piste snowsports activities during the afternoon, without an instructor or permit holder.
The exemption process exists to remove the need for the Commissioner to check the issuing of each permit. The Commissioner is still responsible for approving all activities, so must be aware of the planned activities and the plan to use of the snowsports permit exemption. The Commissioner must also agree the arrangements to check that young people are suitable to be issued the exemption for the duration of the trip or event.
There is extreme sensitivity to anyone other than appropriately qualified instructors or guides leading skiers and snowboarders on the pistes. We recommend that you contact the local authorities or your chosen ski school well in advance of your trip, to get your activities approved and to help avoid the possibility of arrest on the slopes.
We also recommend contacting Snowsports England for further advice and clarification.