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Backcountry Snowsport Leader CPD

Qualify LEVEL | 1 day(s)


This intensive day of CPD will primarily focus on the skills and leadership for Backcountry Snowsport Leaders (BSL) and is relevant and valid for Leaders qualified through the new and previous pathways.

The day will also be relevant and beneficial to trained Backcountry Snowsport Leader candidates looking to refresh and develop their skills and gain further learning from a peer group.

Based from Glenmore Lodge we intend to make use of the snow conditions on Cairngorm.

What better way to revalidate your qualification, spending the day skiing or boarding with other like minded individuals.

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All qualified snowsports coaches, leaders and instructors are required to attend regular continuing professional development (CPD) training after they qualify to revalidate their qualification and remain licensed and insured to operate


Should be a holder of:

SSS Backcountry Snowsports leader, UKSS Backcountry Snowsports Leader, or have undertaken the Performance/Leadership training of this award.


Undertake a ski or board touring journey to update and discuss the trends and current practices within backcountry snowsport leadership.

Step 1

Book your course place online

Step 2

Call to book accommodation. Prices from £60pn



Personal Equipment (* Starred Items are available to borrow from GL Stores)

Skis with touring bindings, skins and ski crampons

Ski Poles – ideally fixed length.

Ski Mountaineering Boots – for example Scarpa Maestrale or Maestrale RS

Helmet – Optional.

Ski Touring Rucksack 30 – 40 litre – Ideally with a dedicated Avalanche Safety pocket.

*Ice Axe 45cm– for example Petzl Snowracer

Boot Crampons – compatible with ski/touring boots. Lightweight or Steel, suitable for extended use in Scotland

*Avalanche Transceiver – for example Pieps DSP Sport or Pro

*3m Probe and Shovel

Personal Clothing

Waterproof Jacket

Waterproof Ski Trousers


Mid Layers – Fleece or synthetic

Soft Shell or fleece Jacket

Lightweight Belay Jacket

Warm Hat/Buff

Sunglasses / Ski Goggles

Warm Gloves: Thick and Thin

Ski Socks

1:50k Map of Cairngorms, either a map case or laminated. If travelling to outlying areas GL will provide the relevant paper map sections.

Compass and whistle

Head Torch and spare batteries

Waterbottle or Flask

Suncream and Lip Salve – SPF 30 minimum

Personal first aid – some tape, Compeed, plaster for blisters and your own pain relief (ibuprofen, paracetamol)

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