We will aim to do as much skiing as possible sending you home with tired legs and a big grin. We will involve you in the planning of our ski tours right from the start, gathering weather and avalanche information and using this data to find the most suitable tour. Your experienced instructor will be on hand throughout to help steer and advise and where necessary deliver coaching and teaching sessions to improve your knowledge and skill level . 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.
Over the course of the 5 days we will give you a thorough revision of the knowledge and skills for the sport of Ski Touring. The advantage of the 5 day course is that we can be flexible with our programme, making the best of the conditions and weather. We may as part of the course look at improving our off piste skiing skills and how we apply this to the mountains. Our aim will be teach whilst on the move whilst making sure that we keep the balance between touring and teaching We will be covering the essential get 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.
Introduction to moderately steep slopes and strategies to cope.
Our Glenmore Lodge ski staff are among some of the most experienced coaches, instructors and mountain guides working in Scotland and the alps.
They will 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 to offer clients equipment at no extra charge. We do however, strongly encouraged clients to have their own equipment espically 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.
*Harness with adjustable leg loops – for example Petzl Adjama or other similar.
*2 x prusik loops and 1 x snapgate karabiner – 5-6mm cord tied with a double fishermans to produce a 30cm loop.
*2 x HMS karabiners – for example Petzl Attache karabiner
*1 x 120cm sewn Dynema sling.
*1 x Ice Screw 17cm plus karabiner.
*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
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 Gloves or mitts: Thick and Thin
Compass and whistle.
*Rucksack – 35 – 45 litres.
Rucksack liner and/or dry bags.
Waterbottle – 1ltr Nalgene, camblebacks tend to freeze and don’t handle boiling water very well.
Suncream and Lip Slave – SPF 30 minimum
Personal first aid – some tape, Compeed, plaster for blisters and your own pain relief (aspirin, ibuprofen, paracetamol)
Camera, Money, Passport.