The UK Armed Forces Winter Sports Association (UKAF WSA) can trace its roots to pre-war competitions held by some of the pioneers of skiing and bobsledding and celebrated its 69th anniversary in 2020. The Association exists to promote excellence in winter sports within Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, through the provision of annual all ranks competitions organised in a manner which affords prestige to those competing and enables subsequent entry into national and international competitions for the most talented. These sporting opportunities enhance self-discipline, courage and physical fitness; they provide vital recuperation and focus beyond the operational commitments of service personnel. Historically a significant number of servicemen and women have represented Great Britain in winter sports disciplines.
The sports supported include the following at annual Inter-Services events:
- Ski, Snowboard and Telemark Competitions.
- Cresta Run held in St Moritz, Switzerland.
- Ice Sports Competition: Bobsleigh, Skeleton Bobsleigh and Luge.
- Nordic Competition, including Biathlon.