About Us

The Snowsports Association of Ireland (SAI), (formerly known as the Ski Association of Ireland) was formed in 1971 to promote the development of the growing sport of Skiing in Ireland and affiliated to the International Governing Body of the sport, namely Federation Internationale De Ski (FIS) and subsequently the Olympic movement through the Olympic Federation of Ireland (OFI).

The Snowsports Association of Ireland has been affiliated to the Federation Internationale De Ski for more than twenty five years and the Olympic Federation of Ireland (formerly Olympic Council of Ireland) since 1997.  The SAI became full member of the International Biathlon Union in 2018 having been a associate member for a number of years.

Snowsports Association of Ireland is a Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG). 

The SAI is also affiliated to Sport Ireland and the Federation of Irish Sport. 

The SAI is primarily responsible for the growth and development of cross country skiing, biathlon, alpine skiing, freestyle skiing and snowboarding disciplies and play a key role in supporting Irish athletes to qualify and participate in the Winter Olympic Games.



What does the SAI do?

The main object of the Snowsports Association of Ireland (SAI is to promote the sport of snowsports and assoicated winter sports.

  • Development of recreational and of National and International competition.
  • Developmnet and promotion of the sport both at Irish national and international level.
  • Make representations to Government Departments, Statutory bodies and other authorities in Ireland and abroad in the furtherance of these objectives.

Olympic Winter Games - Beijing 2022:  Opening Ceremony 4th February 2022

Alpine Skiers Jack Gower, Tess Arbez:  Freestyle Halfpipe Skier Bubba Newby: Snowboard Halfpipe Seamus O'Connor: Cross Country Skier Thomas Maloney Westgaard

Skiers get back after 'lockdown' with SAI Development Programmes:

Summer Alpine Camp Stelvio Glacier ITA 31sy July - 6th August 2021.

Training Camp, Dublin IRL 4th / 5th September 2021.

FIS Development Camp Cross Country - Val di Fiemme ITA 7 - 14th September 2021.

Lowland Championships 2021 - Landgraaf and Training in Alpenpark Neuss GER 22nd - 26th September.

SAI athletes will compete in the following Up-coming Events in February/March 2021.

Alpine Skiing:   FIS Alpine Ski World Championships - Cortina d'Ampezzo (ITA) 7th - 21st February 2021.  Athletes will compete in Slalom and Giant Slalom events on 18th - 21st February.

Telemark Skiing:  Telemark Skiing World Cup will be held in Passy-Pleine Joux (FRA) 10th - 13th February 2021.

Ireland's Alpine National Championships - San Vigilio/Kronplatz (ITA) 25th - 27th February.

Cross Country Skiing:  FIS Nordic Ski World Championships - Oberstdorf (GER) 22nd February to 7th March 2021 - Athletes will compete on 24th/25th February, 3rd and 7th March.

Snowboard  (Alpine) : Athlete will compete in the World Cup and World Snowboard Championships in Rogla (SLO) on 1st and 2nd March.  Also in the North American Cup 11/13th February.

Snowboard (Half Pipe):  Athelte will compete in Aspen CO. (USA) in Snowboard World Championships and World Cup event in March 2021.

Freestyle Skiing (Half Pipe): Athlete will compete in Aspen CO. (USA) in Freestyle World Championships and World Cup event in March 2021.





Latest News & Events

Beijing 2022

Wednesday, 30 March 2022

4 February 2022, Today’s opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games takes place today in the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing city. The ceremony that marks the opening of the Games which will run from the 4 – 20 February 2022, will be held at the same venue that hosted the ceremonies and athletics events for the Summer Olympics in 2008. Team Ireland, led by flagbearers Brendan Newby and Elsa Desmond, will be marching into the stadium as the 65th nation in the athlete’s parade, with proceedings starting at 8pm local time, which is noon in Ireland! The opening ceremony will be broadcast live by RTÉ.

Getting back to skiing and Snow camps

Getting back to skiing and Snow camps

Thursday, 16 September 2021

During the Summer months skiers were able to get back to camps. In July/August Head Coach organised Alpine training in Stelvio Italy and in September he came to Dublin to train youth and children. Two skiers Alex Ainsworth and Isobel Ainsworth attended the FIS Development Cross Country Camp in Val di Fiemme, Italy.. Next week a group will train and compete in the Lowland Championships in Netherlands and Germany.

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