Quick Intro on Interschools


The Interschool Snowsport Championships provide an opportunity for Australian school students of all ages to experience snowsport and to participate at either a recreational or competitive level.

Students from Kindergarten to Year 12, compete for their school as part of a team or an individual in any of our nine discipline events.

Each year, over 7,000 school students from nearly 700 schools compete at Interschools events.

Thousands of students have been introduced to competitive ski and snowboard competitions through the Interschools Championships, establishing a life-long love for the sport.

From Interschools, many students have gone on to professional instructing, coaching, and competing in higher-level competitions, including World Cups and the Olympics.

Over 80 Australian Olympians and Paralympians have begun their competition days in the Interschools Snowsport Championships.










A Longer History....

Interschools is the largest snow sports event in Australia based on participant numbers. It is seen as both the participation pathway of the sport, as well as the entry point for the competition pathway across snow sport disciplines in Australia.


Victorian Interschools Snowsport Championships

The Victorian Interschools SnowSports Championships were first staged in 1958 at Mt Buller. The first schools to be involved were Melbourne Grammar and Scotch College. Since the early days of 1958, the Victorian Interschools Snowsport Championships have grown to become one of the premier School sporting competitions in Victoria. More than 200 Victorian schools compete annually in the event held at Mt. Buller. 


NSW / ACT / QLD Interschools Snowsport Championships

During the early 1980’s local schools in the NSW Snowy Mountains got together and held an Alpine race under the car park chairlift at Guthega. The first schools to be involved were Monaro High School, Bombala High and Public School, Adaminaby Public School, Dalgety Public School, Berridale Public School, Jindabyne Public School, and Tumut Public and High School. In 1988, Interschools in NSW was formalised and was coordinated by the State Sporting Organisation and is now managed by Snow Australia. 


Impact of Interschools in Australia

Interschools competitions have continued to grow and draw new athletes to the competitive side of snow sports. Participants compete for their school in Cross Country, Alpine GS, Ski Cross, Snowboard Alpine, Snowboard Cross, Moguls, and Slopestyle at regional, state, and national levels. The Interschools Snowsports are now entrenched in the Australian winter sports landscape. 

The Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships rotate annually between Perisher and Mt. Buller, the national championships provide all Interschools participants with an aspirational event to challenge themselves against the best snowsports student-athletes in Australia.




Skiers are timed on a modified giant slalom course

Ski Cross

Skiers are timed individually on a course including jumps and high-banked turns


Skiers are scored on a bumps/jumps course

Snowboard GS

Snowboarders are timed on a modified giant slalom course

Snowboard Cross

Snowboarders are timed individually on a course including jumps and highbanked turns

Cross Country Classic

Skiers use the classic cross country style. Individuals and teams of 3 can enter. There is a mass start. 

Cross Country Relay

Three skier relay team event only 

Ski Slopestyle

Skiers are scored on a variety of obstacles including jumps, rails and/or other terrain park features (Division 1-3 only)

Snowboard Slopestyle

Snowboarders are scored on a variety of obstacles including jumps, rails and/or other terrain park features (Division 1-3 only)

School students from Kindergarten to Year 12 can compete.

Schools from all States and Territories can compete, noting that there are Victorian and South Australian Championships in Victoria.

Students can compete as either an individual or part of a team in the Regional Championships to qualify for additional Championships.

International schools can compete in the Regional Championships. International schools must inform Interschools of their intentions to compete. International exchange students enrolled in an Australian school can compete as long as they inform Interschools of their intentions to compete and provide a brief overview of the student’s snowsports experience and/or competition record.

Interschools divisions are based on year at school:

Division 1

Years 11 & 12

Division 2

Years 9 & 10

Division 3

Years 7 & 8

Division 4

Years 5 & 6

Division 5

Years 4 & below

Division 6

Kindergarten to Year 2

available for Alpine

and Ski Cross only

Competitors can compete up a division to make a team but competitors must stay in that division in further Championships. Competitors can compete in one discipline in their own division and another division for other disciplines.

Primary school competitors (Division 4 and below) cannot race in a Secondary Division (1, 2 or 3).

Females can compete in a male team. Males cannot compete in a female team.

We suggest three ways to get your school involved:

  1. Talk to your head of sport or other at your school to drum up interest and let them know that you will be participating
  2. Put a story in the School Newsletter about the Championships and requesting additional snow sports enthusiasts
  3. Organise an Information Night for interested parties.