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Tame the Wild Side

Adventure LEVEL | 2 day(s) | Ratio 1:4


For the truly obsessed wild skier, the Cairngorms is an amazing playground with so much world class terrain easily accessible. Want to explore the classic lines, want to cruise them in good style? Then this package is for you. Join other Wild skiers as we go further and steeper with more accuracy, skill and knowledge. Explore the best lines the Cairngorms have to offer alongside some of the best athletes and guides in the business.

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This option is perfect for the skier who has is used to leaving clean carved turns in the wide open slopes and is keen to look into the hidden and dramatic gullies and ski lines that the Cairngorms is famous for. Choose this option if you’re a solid skier used to skiing the whole mountain and is looking to take the next step. For example we would tackle Cairngorm classics such as the March Burn, Coire Domhain, Y Gully. Have a read of our ski grades below and if you see yourself described then this is the Wild session for you.

Ski 4: You really enjoy skiing red and blacks runs with linked turns, confidently varying the width of your corridor to suit the conditions. As part of a normal days skiing you will venture off piste, seeking out powder snow or bumps to test you’re skiing (including slopes up to 300) . In powder you are capable of making linked turns in a constant rhythm, leaving behind clear and uniform tracks. Bumps are still hard work but you managed to ski through them, using the shape of the terrain to help turn but not yet have the ability to fluidly ski the falline. When the slopes go over 300; the snow gets heavy or breakable crust you have some well practised coping strategies, including a downhill kick turn; stem turns and jump turns.

Ski 5: You are now a regular skier and will ski several times a year, mixing piste and off piste trips. You will ski the whole mountain and actively seek out challenging black runs to ski with flow and confidence from top to bottom, in all conditions. When there is fresh snow you are capable of skiing powder varying your turn shape to adjust speed and line. Bumps and steep slopes, up to 35 degrees still require concentration but you manage this type of terrain happily. When things get steeper (up to 400) or the snow becomes crusty you can still cope but will be mixing lots of different techniques together.

Mtn 3 – Uphill kick turns, when touring should be fluid and reliable in both directions on hard snow up to 300. On alpine glacial tours a familiarity with harnesses and crevasse rescue techniques is desirable but not essential. Skiers will be comfortable transitioning between skis/skins and boots independently up to 300.

Mtn 4 – These tours will encounter steep ground and previous experience of ice axe, crampons, harnesses and ropes is essential. Skiers will be expected to walk and climb slopes and mixed ground on foot up to 45 degrees, in both ascent and descent. Previous experience of moving together on a rope and abseiling or being lowered is advisable. Coping ski techniques such as side slipping, down hill kick turns and stem turns are essential and should be well practiced and reliable. Uphill kick turns, when touring should be fluid and reliable in both directions on hard snow up to 350.

Fit 2 – All day skiing, with few stops or breaks. Off piste skiing, top to bottom without the need for intermediate stops. Hiking and skinning for several hours at a time with a height gain of 800 – 1000m and be active for 6 – 8 hours per day. This uphill effort will have no significant detrimental effect on your downhill performance and you will be comfortable carrying a moderately heavy rucksack of 8kgs.


“If you can ski in Scotland, you can ski anywhere”

A much-used quote, but it is true. Scotland is the ultimate playground for Wild skiers. We have everything from mellow to extreme and bucket loads of options in-between. Want to go steep and narrow or get techy, fancy pushing yourself with some of the spicier descents the Cairngorms has to offer then this is the Wild session for you. Our guides and instructors will take you to find some truly wild lines, help you get warmed up and ready to shred, before leading you on an awesome descent. At the bottom you will have a grin as wide as the Loch Morlich and if you are up for more, then press repeat and that’s what you’ll do. Don’t worry, there is a lifetime of skiing in the Scotland and once you’ve tamed one line there is always another to find.

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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.



Check out time is 10am on the final day of your booking, we have changing areas, showers and left luggage facilities on site All courses will finish by 5pm


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, gym & climbing wall – so any relevant kit (including spare towel)
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