The Army Winter Sports Association was founded (as the Army Ski Association) in 1947. Since then it has encouraged generations of Army servicemen and women to take to snow and ice – often for the first time in their lives. It has been instrumental in organising competitions from novice to the highest levels of proficiency. Many of its members have gone on to represent the Army and their country at successive Olympic Winter Games and at other international arena. The Association remains at the centre of Army sport as it encourages and develops the next generation of Army winter sportsmen and women. Its task remains as important today as it was in 1947:
- To encourage young men and women to participate in winter sports.
- To develop their skills in a chosen discipline.
- To test themselves in demanding conditions – thereby fostering self-discipline, physical courage and teamwork.