Ski Association of Slovenia (SAS) is a national sports association and it is the only organization in the field of skiing that is a member of the Olympic Committee of Slovenia. SAS is an association of ski clubs that are in the Republic of Slovenia engaged in Alpine skiing, ski jumping, Nordic combination, cross-country skiing, biathlon, freestyle skiing, snowboarding, telemark, training and organizing in the ski area. Within SAS the associations are grouped by disciplines operating autonomously. The SAS history dates far back. In the season 1920/1921 the first unofficial national championships in cross country skiing and ski jumping was held in Bohinj. Slovenian skiers, members of the then Yugoslav national team, already appeared at the first Winter Olympics in Chamonix in 1924. Until 1938, when SAS was established with headquarters in Ljubljana, the ski clubs had been joining together in the centres in Jesenice, Ravne na Koroškem, Maribor and Ljubljana.
Due to the fact that the Slovenian competitors represented the main force of the common Federation, SAS had the most important role. After the independence of Slovenia, the International Ski Federation (FIS) unanimously recognized and accepted SAS in their ranks. That happened at the FIS meeting on Sunday 10th November 1991. Shortly after that, at the Olympic Games in Albertville in 1992, the Slovenian national team already competed for the independent Slovenia.
Over the past thirty years, our skiers have won over 220 trophies in the elite international competitions, such as the Olympic Games, World Championships, Junior World Championships and World Cup competitions in all ski disciplines. Slovenian heroes, who have impressed domestic and foreign audience over the years, have contributed a lot to the development and popularity of ski disciplines. We should not forget those who have reached the top with their results. Primož Peterka has twice won the large crystal globe for winning in the World Cup overall, small crystal globe has been won by Rok Petrovič and Bojan Križaj in slalom, Mateja Svet in giant slalom, Špela Pretnar has won the large crystal globe once in Alpine skiing and Andreja Grašič has won the large crystal globe in biathlon. Olympic medals have been won in ski jumping and Alpine skiing. All these facts are part of the development of skiing in Slovenia and have an important role in promoting the country and its regions and towns.
SAS combines more than 230 clubs from all over Slovenia. More than 2300 competitors represent Slovenia at the competitions of all disciplines and categories. Many young people are actively involved in ski disciplines, which is a good prospect for the future.