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Backcountry Snowsports Leader and Performance Training

Qualify LEVEL | 0 day(s) | Ratio 1:6


Learn the skills to journey away from patrolled ski areas in the UK’s mountains in non-technical environments. Ideal for those who are wishing to progress to lead journeys on skis/board, to inspire others and showcase Scottish backcountry skiing/riding.

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We aim to cover the practical and theoretical elements of the UK Snowsport syllabus, which can be accessed below. This 6-day performance and leader course includes ascending/descending in the backcountry; avalanche avoidance; navigation on skis and emergency procedures amongst other topics.


Please read the attached syllabus for more details.


Please note that you will not be allowed to attend the course and will not receive a refund without being confirmed as a registered member of a UK NGB Coaching scheme. You must also hold the Sidecountry Leader Award.


The training will be delivered within the Scottish Highlands, based from Glenmore Lodge and will be comprised of a mix of theoretical and practical training. Candidates should attend with a good level of fitness and technique so that they can ski tour/ride proficiently in the harsh and variable Scottish mountain environment throughout the 6 days performance training.


Over the course of the 6 days performance training and the days leadership training we will aim to cover as many areas of the syllabus as possible, conditions and weather dependent. The main overarching themes will be ski/board performance and technique in ascent and descent, ski navigation in the backcountry, avalanche knowledge and skills and emergency procedures.

See below to access the syllabus for the Backcountry Snowsports Performance and Leader Training.

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