Thing is firstly the SCGB came into existence *before* the SSC, and second by all accounts it actually has more members resident in Scotland than the SSC. Consequently it is de-facto the national club for Scotland as voted for by the people of Scotland who actually care enough to join a club.
I am not actually sure what the SSC does. I know there are some huts about at the various centres but I have never seen anyone in them. I have seen more effort in Scotland from the SCGB than SSC.
I've copied quote below from a post of mine infrom a thread about Scottish Snowsports social scene thread from the Bothy section. It would be interesting to find out how many members the SCGB has in Scotland & compare to numbers below.
"At its peak of membership, back in the 60's-70's Snowsport Scotland had over 90 member clubs representing 14,000 skiers. Added to this there was also university, youth groups etc which had associate membership which brought up the total number of skiers involved with Snowsport Scotland to over 24,000 in Scotland. Currently SnSc has 35 member clubs representing 6300 skier + 700 coaching members."
Snowsport Scotland is recognised by Sport UK etc as the national governing body for skiing & snowboarding in Scotland. Snowsport England & Snowsport Wales represent their own nation's skiing. Competitive skiing & coaching are two major areas of concern for these bodies. Racing skiers go through their home nations to initially get their race licences. However on the international stage it is British Ski & Snowboard that acts as the governing body to the International Ski Federation.
Maybe SnSc (or SSC or SSS - take your pick, not sure what the official abbreviation these days) doesn't engage with recreational skiers in the way it should. This lack of engagement may account for its reduction in membership from its heyday in the 1970's. But the major reason in Scotland was the less need for being a member of a club to enjoy your skiing. More people started to own their own cars so didn't need club coaches to the resorts. Also overseas resorts became much more accessible to the British skier.
Ski Club of GB is not a national governing body & never has been. It was one of the main players in setting up BSSF which became SSGB before it went bankrupt & re-emerged as BSS.
Edited 1 times. Last edit at 01.27hrs Mon 28 Jan 13 by Peter Thorn.