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Discover the Wild Side

Discover LEVEL | 2 day(s) | Ratio 1:6


If you are new to skiing off piste and want to get a taste of the Scottish backcountry then join us on this truly wild ski journey. Together we will discover the necessary skills and gear to allow us venture away from the patrolled ski runs and go an explore some of the wild and remote summits. If wild skiing is new to you don’t worry, our team of ‘wild’ Scottish skiers will guide you through everything you need to know whilst on a truly memorable adventure. Over the course of the 2 day festival you will experience the up and downs of wild Scottish skiing, in an adventurous and friendly environment that’s guaranteed to leave you wanting more.

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Are you a budding Wild Skier but still find the skis can sometimes do their own thing? If you are still getting to grips with wild skiing then this is the session for you. Lots of coaching and instruction and bucket loads of doing. Our coaches and instructors will improve your technique and give you a wild time on skis too! Mixing all types of skiing together but primarily focussing on making you a better Wild skier we will be undertaking ski tours and if weather and conditions allow using the ski lifts on Cairngorm mountain (lift pass not included in package price)

Ski 1: You are confident on blue piste and enjoy skiing with smooth, rhythmic turns. On red runs you are capable of controlling your speed, speeding up and slowing down by altering the size and shape of your turns. Coping strategies such as side slipping and downhill kick turns may be familiar to you.

Mtn 1 – Experience of Ice Axe and Crampons is not necessary. Skiers should be well practiced in putting on and taking off skis on slopes in soft snow.

Fit 1 – As a skier you are capable of skiing all day with regular rests without noticing a significant drop in your technique through fatigue. You are capable of hiking in soft snow with skis on your back or skinning uphill for 2 – 3 hours (600 – 800m). A moderately heavy rucksack 5 – 8kgs will be carried during your course.


Choose this option if you are a skier fresh out of the nest or still learning to master the difficult, unpredictable, challenging, but ultimately emotionally enriching offpiste backcountry skiing. On this package you’ll be heading off for a unique journey exploring the mellow, friendly wide slopes of the Cairngorms, which are the perfect classroom to ask all your burning questions and practice & perfect your backcountry turns. We will be planning to mix things up and may make use of the Cairngorm ski area and lifts, perfect for polishing up our technical skills before heading off beyond the snow fences and questing away to discover the wild and exciting backcountry.

Over 2 days you’ll grow in confidence and tick some of the classics of the Cairngorms. You should plan to spend the first day in the ski area if weather and conditions allow and then use the newly refreshed or acquired skills to undertake a ski tour; For example, one objective could be a tour of Lurchers Gully, a wide gentle strip of snow that we can ascend and cruise back down having topped out on a Munro. Your Guides will find the best routes available for your needs and the groups needs.

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Packed lunch and afternoon tea each day

In-course transport



Accommodation in an en-suite bedroom (available from 4pm on day before your course starts). If booking as an individual, you will not be asked to share with a stranger.

Breakfast on each course day

Dinner on each course day (except the final day, and on one day or back-to-back courses).

Use of the facilities at Glenmore Lodge.

Linen is provided along with a towel, you may wish to bring an extra towel if you would like to use the facilities.



The key to happiness and enjoyment in ski touring is having the right equipment so you can cope with whatever the environment throws at you. At Glenmore Lodge we are extremely fortunate to be partnered with Atomic skis and Scarpa ski boots. These partnerships allow us to maintain a modern range of ski touring boots and skis in our purpose built ski store, giving you the opportunity to try before you buy.

* 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 2 or Maestrale RS2
  • *Helmet – Optional
  • *Ice Axe 45cm– for example Petzl Snowracer
  • *Avalanche Transceiver – for example Pieps DSP Sport or Pro
  • *3m Probe and Shovel


  • Waterproof Jacket – breathable, Goretex Proshell is ideal.
  • Waterproof Ski Trousers
  • Thermal Bottoms, thermal Tops – long sleeves
  • Mid Layers – Fleece or synthetic
  • Soft Shell or fleece Jacket
  • *Lightweight Belay Jacket
  • Sun hut and Warm Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Ski Goggles
  • Warm Gloves: Thick and Thin
  • Ski Socks
  • *Compass and whistle – your Guide will have all the necessary maps and guidebooks
  • Headtorch
  • *Rucksack – 35 – 45 litres.
  • Waterbottle or Flask.
  • Suncream and Lip Salve – SPF 30 minimum
  • Personal first aid – some tape, Compeed, plaster for blisters and your own pain relief (aspirin, ibuprofen, paracetamol)
  • Camera
  • Casual clothing for wearing in the centre
  • We have a small pool & climbing wall – so any relevant kit (including spare towel)
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