Ski Touring Journey Day

Ski Touring in the Cairngorms - Skier David Anderson Spring 2019

Ski Touring in the Cairngorms - Skier David Anderson Spring 2019

Glenshee, Ben Lawers, Nevis Range, Glencoe, Cairngorm, Drumochter, Glen Feshie

(or wherever conditions are best and within 3 hours drive of the central belt. Car sharing and pick ups on route are available).

Ski Touring Journey Day is for Intermediate & Advanced Skiers and Snowboarders.

If you can confidently ski a red run and have a decent level of fitness it is possible to learn ski touring skills on a mountain journey. The key skills are covered while on the move. These days normally involve at least two climbs with a maximum vertical ascent of 1000 metres, so would suit skiers who are able to walk up a munro in a day when hillwalking. This can also be used as an introduction or for CPD or as a refresher day.

The Ski Touring Journey Day will be an opportunity to: become more familiar with ski touring equipment including skins, ski crampons and different types of bindings; master skinning technique (including kick turns); learn the theory of terrain choice and avalanche avoidance; introduce avalanche transceiver searches when possible; and to be given coaching tips on your downhill ski performance.

Ski touring near Glenshee - skier Philip Ebert Spring 2018

Ski touring near Glenshee - skier Philip Ebert Spring 2018


£64 PER PERSON (£79 with ski touring skis and skins)
• Maximum 6 in a group
• Avalanche equipment can be provided free of charge
• Media will be shared with you after the course.

Dec 14,15,21,22
Jan 11,12,18,19,26
Feb 8
Mar 8,14
April/May tbc

Prepare for your trip

You will need to bring your own ski boots (any will do), a rucksack big enough to carry an avalanche shovel, probe, skins, your spare clothing, your packed lunch and water. British BackCountry has six full ski touring set ups but availability depends on the requirements of the group. If you need to borrow skis then you need to bring your own boots and let us know the boot sole length in advance (you need to provide your own but normal alpine ski boots are fine, ski touring boots are however usually more comfortable and lighter).

There is a maintenance charge of £15 for hiring touring skis and skins. Avalanche equipment is also available free of charge and is necessary for the course.

Kit List: You will need to bring the following, but if any is a problem please let us know:

  • Ski touring skis, skins

  • Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe

  • Ski poles

  • Ski boots

  • Gloves x2

  • Hat

  • Helmet (strongly recommended)

  • Ski crampons if you have them

  • Goggles (not too dark preferably)

  • Lunch

  • Water (don’t overdo it though as it’a heavy!)

  • Snacks

  • Head torch, if it is early in the season

  • Warm and waterproof clothing in layers

  • An extra warm layer in your bag

We will have an emergency shelter, first aid kit and camera, among other things. Don’t worry we will also be doing all the navigating so no need to bring a map and compass unless you wish to practise navigating.


You will need to be confident getting down a red run and have a decent level of fitness. You should have experience ski touring previously and be familiar with the equipment. It is hoped that the ascent should not take more than two hours, although there will likely be at least two climbs in the day. Both the ascent and descent will be in non-avalanche terrain (less than 30 degrees) but the snow conditions may be variable.

You should be happy to ski in unpredictable and changeable snow, although tactics to help tackle this will be covered in the course

Children aged 15-18 can attend if their parent attends with them


A degree of flexibility is needed for ski touring in the highlands and the venue will be weather dependent. The aim for all of the courses is to go somewhere within three hours drive of the Central Belt (Glasgow-Edinburgh area). British BackCountry will only run courses on days where conditions are suitable for learning, and alternative dates will be offered if the decision is taken to cancel the course. Some routes may start from a ski area while others may start from a road. Where uplift is needed, but not available, the skills and coaching session will be delivered on a ski tour instead of a lift served day.