British Backcountry is a partnership run by BASI 4 Instructors and Mountain Leaders Gavin Carruthers and Blair Aitken.

They have over 20 years of experience off piste skiing in Scotland and offer Ski Touring and Backcountry Skiing courses in the UK and France. British Backcountry started as a social media group set up by Blair to bring together people interested in discussing and sharing ski touring and gully skiing routes in the Highlands. The business was started out of requests from Blair’s clients for trips in Scotland, similar to those that he was running in Val d’Isere and Chamonix.

British Backcountry now offer skills courses, journeying days, gully skiing weekends, Ben Nevis ski trips and bike and ski adventures.


Upcoming Courses


Ski Touring Skills Days

Ski Touring Journey Days

Winter Opener 2019
November 2019



Scotland offers some remarkable ski touring opportunities. It takes patience, preparation, flexibility and an open mind; but when it is good it can be as good as anywhere. The focus is on searching out the best descents possible on the day, as well as helping you find the love for the climbs! When possible we will go on a ski-touring journey and discuss the skills on route. If the weather deteriorates the latter part of the day may become a skills session in sheltered terrain.


Private Tours

Let British BackCountry take you private guiding or coaching in Scotland. This could be a ski tour you have always wanted to do, lift access piste or off piste performance coaching, preparation for instructor exams or even ski race coaching.


Explore Nature

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