Ski Touring Skills Day

Ski Touring in the Pentlands

Ski Touring in the Pentlands

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 Skills Day for Intermediate Skiers and Snowboarders (artificial slopes and snow).

If you can safely ski or snowboard down a blue run it is possible to attend a skills course covering ski touring technique, navigation, avalanche avoidance and mountain weather. These days focus on learning as opposed to journeying and the vertical climbed is no more than 500 metres in one day. This can also be used as an introduction or for CPD or as a refresher day.

The Introduction course 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 around Drumochter Spring 2018

Ski touring around Drumochter Spring 2018

Overview

£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.

Dates:
Dec 6,13,14,20,21,27
Jan 10,11,17,18,31
Feb 7,9
Mar 7,13
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. We will also be doing all the navigating so no need to bring a map and compass unless you wish to practise navigating.

PRE-REQUISITES

You will need to be confident getting down a blue run and have a decent level of fitness. These courses normally stay on the front side of the mountain and the climbing is kept to a maximum of 500 vertical metres.

The focus of the day is on the skills needed to go on a ski touring journey, rather than a journey itself (please see 'Journey days' if you prefer to learn the skills on the move).

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

CANCELLATION POLICY

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.