Blair Aitken


Blair Aitken is an internationally qualified ski instructor and race coach, Mountain Leader, Mountain Bike Leader and European Mountain Security qualified for ski touring. He has spent more than a decade in the Alpes, running ski instructor courses and assessments for the British Association of Snowsports Instructors, as well as growing the successful New Generation Ski & Snowboard School in Val d'Isére.

Blair is an experienced ski-mountaineer and former alpine national champion who has been backcountry skiing in Scotland since the mid-nineties. He is actively involved in promoting ski-touring amongst British skiers through his British Backcountry Facebook group and the short films that he makes. He is also a competent mountain biker and leads groups in the Lothians, the Tweed valley and the Highlands.

Blair now teaches part time in East Lothian and spends his free time exploring Scotland by ski and by bike. He is keen to share his passion for Scotland's wild places with others, and hopes to help people develop the skills needed to better enjoy their time in the mountains. He advises Mountaineering Scotland as part of their Ski Touring Advisory Group and organises events and workshops such as the Winter Opener.

He continues to coach and guide off piste skiing in Chamonix, Val d'Isére and Avoriaz, and offers guiding and coaching in Scotland.


  • PGDE Qualified Teacher

  • ISTD Ski Teacher (BASI level 4 and former Trainer)

  • Snowsport Scotland Tutor

  • SMBLA Mountain Bike Leader

  • Trail Cycle Leader

  • Rock Climbing Instructor

  • Mountain Leader

  • Outdoor First Aid

  • NC Sport Studies

  • Go MTB and Bike Ability Deliverer

  • Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Silver and Gold Assessor

  • Lowland Leader

  • Water Foundation Safety and Rescue Trained

  • Provisional D1 Licence

  • Paddle Sports Instructor Qualified

  • Paddle Sports Leader Award Trained