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Discover Ski Touring (5 Days)

Introduction Level - 5 days | Prices from £625.00

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 9 reviews

Not sure if you want to go on a ski tour? This is the course for you.  Over the 5 days we will give you a taste of the amazing ski touring Scotland has to offer, but be warned once you’ve tried touring there is no going back, you’ll want more!

Course Grading: To download a copy of the full grading guide, click here

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Dates & Prices

20/01/20
Cost (with accommodation): £750.00
Cost (no accommodation): £625.00
27/01/20
Cost (with accommodation): £750.00
Cost (no accommodation): £625.00
03/02/20
Cost (with accommodation): £750.00
Cost (no accommodation): £625.00
10/02/20
Cost (with accommodation): £750.00
Cost (no accommodation): £625.00
17/02/20
Cost (with accommodation): £750.00
Cost (no accommodation): £625.00
02/03/20
Cost (with accommodation): £750.00
Cost (no accommodation): £625.00
16/03/20
Cost (with accommodation): £750.00
Cost (no accommodation): £625.00
30/03/20
Cost (with accommodation): £750.00
Cost (no accommodation): £625.00

Course Aims

Over the 5 days, we will aim to do as much skiing as possible sending you home with tired legs and a big grin. We will of course have to spend some time learning the essential skills so that we can make progress on our tours but unlike the 2 day course we will be able to drip feed these in over the week. These learning sessions will be carefully balanced and tailored to your own individual needs and aims. Your instructor will aim to answer all your technical questions and where appropriate offer individualised coaching and advice on how to improve and where to go next.

 

Course Content

Over the course of the 5 days we will give you a thorough introduction to the sport of Ski Touring. Our aim will be to teach whilst on the move, whilst making sure that we keep the balance between touring and teaching.  We will be covering the essential get started topics such as:

Selecting the right equipment.

Planning a tour

Avalanche awareness and avoidance.

Movement of skis in ascent and descent.

Navigation on skis, route choice and finding.

Staff

Our Glenmore Lodge ski staff are among some of the most experienced coaches, instructors and mountain guides working in Scotland and the alps.

They hold a variety of qualifications, which may include: Scottish Ski Mountain leader, BASI Instructor and IFMGA Mountain Guide. But most importantly they love skiing and enjoy sharing their extensive knowledge with you.

What Will I Need?

Glenmore Lodge is in a unique position of being able to offer clients equipment at no extra charge. We do however, strongly encourage clients to have their own equipment especially suitable ski mountaineering boots, please ensure that your boots have been fitted to your feet by a competent professional. If you have any questions about kit or you are about to buy your own then please contact Glenmore Lodge and we will try and answer all your questions and offer advice where possible.

 

Personal Equipment (* Starred Items are available to borrow from GL Stores – see equipment request form)

*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.

*Ice Axe 45cm– for example Petzl Snowracer

*Light weight Crampons – for example Petzl Vasak  (leverlock)

*Avalanche Transceiver – for example Peips DSP Sport or Pro

*3m Probe and Shovel

 

Personal Clothing

Waterproof Jacket with hood

Waterproof  Ski Trousers

Thermal Bottoms or fleece trousers

Thermal Tops  – long sleeves

Mid Layers – Fleece or synthetic

Soft Shell or fleece Jacket

*Lightweight Belay Jacket

Warm Hat

Sunglasses

Ski Goggles

Head Torch

Warm Gloves or mitts: Thick and Thin

Ski Socks

Compass and whistle.

*Rucksack – 35 – 45 litres.

Rucksack liner and/or dry bags.

Vacum flask

Waterbottle – 1ltr Nalgene, camelbaks tend to freeze and don’t handle boiling water very well.

Suncream and Lip Salve – SPF 30 minimum

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

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Course Documentation

Course Pre-Requisites

Course Grading: To download a copy of the full grading guide, click here

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Ski 2: You have been skiing for several weeks/years and are now confident on blue and red runs, controlling your speed by changing the size of your turns. Black runs are challenging but you are capable of skiing them under control by using skiddy turns perhaps with the occasional step or jump. Skiing off piste is a normal part of a days skiing but you are very much learning how to cope but mostly remaining upright. Your turns shape and size off-piste are very much dependent on the type of snow and terrain.

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.

 

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 9 reviews Read all reviews

Timothy Brown Reviewed on 27/03/2016
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Helen Bonsor Reviewed on 21/03/2016
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Fantastic course. Content, method of instruction, facilities and the authentic Scottish weather - all first class. Thanks v much.
Graeme Deanus Reviewed on 06/03/2016
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Colin Cunningham Reviewed on 06/03/2016
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The experience exceeded my expectations in every way. What a great facility and one that I wish I'd found decades ago!!
Liz Davies Reviewed on 29/02/2016
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A fantastic experience all round. A great combination of fun and learning, it felt like a holiday as much as a training course.
Matthew Caldwell Reviewed on 28/02/2016
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glyn richards Reviewed on 21/02/2016
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Great week of learning and spending time in the mountain environment. We were fortunate to be out in a range of weather conditions, providing the opportunity to practice our skills in easy and challenging conditions. I would certainly recommend this and other courses to others. Accommodation is a bargain for the week.
Pete Forbes Reviewed on 14/02/2016
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Our small group had a really great week. Doug our instructor mixed things up so we got the best locations for the weather conditions. Learned a lot.
Barry McGhee Reviewed on 14/02/2016
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What’s included on your course

  • Instruction
  • Use of kit
  • Shuttle bus to Glenmore Lodge (departs Aviemore station 5:20pm on Friday and Sundays)
  • Packed lunch and afternoon tea each day
  • In-course transport (with the exception of ski lift passes, if required.  Customers will need to purchase these on the day).

What’s included if you choose the residential option – As above PLUS

  • Bed in shared en-suite room – available from 3pm on day before your course starts *

(Single rooms may be available for a supplementary charge, please ask at reception when you arrive)

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner for each course day (except one day and 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 or are on a paddlesport course

Arriving at Glenmore Lodge

  • For more information on travel to the Lodge click here
  • Your first inclusive meal is breakfast (7:45 -8:30am) An evening meal is not provided on your arrival night, but bar meals are available in our Lochain bar 5pm to 9pm (5-7pm on Mondays and Tuesdays)
  • Packed lunches are collected at breakfast
  • On Mondays and Saturdays only there will be a 10 minute welcome talk at 8.15am, on other days you will meet your instructor at 9am. The daily programme of your course will be discussed with your instructor when you first meet, taking into account aspirations and prevailing weather conditions

On your last day

  • 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
  • On Fridays and Sundays we offer a drop off to Aviemore station, leaving Glenmore Lodge at 5pm, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance if you would like to book this service

*some exceptions – see detailed course notes

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