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Ropework for Tourers & Freeriders (Managing Steeper Terrain)

Intermediate Level - 1 day | Prices from £115.00

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 reviews

As we explore more and more of the Scottish backcountry it is inevitable that we will come across steeper slopes. Whilst skiing on steeper terrain is a rewarding challenge in itself the technical skills to access these runs can at time be bewildering.  Using a rope is an obvious choice when your not prepared to simply ‘huck’ the cornice, and whilst catching big air is appropriate in the bottomless powder of Valdez it is not the smart choice in Scotland.

Course Grading: guide to the course grading can be downloaded here.

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Dates & Prices

Cost (with accommodation): £140.00
Cost (no accommodation): £115.00
Cost (with accommodation): £140.00
Cost (no accommodation): £115.00
Cost (with accommodation): £140.00
Cost (no accommodation): £115.00
Cost (with accommodation): £140.00
Cost (no accommodation): £115.00
Cost (with accommodation): £140.00
Cost (no accommodation): £115.00

Course Aims

This is a very intensive course, it has been designed to give you an introduction to the technical skills of managing steeper slopes in both ascent and descent. The focus of this course will be on the ropework and belaying techniques that can be used by off piste skiers and ski tourers. How to actually ski on steeper terrain is covered in our Advanced Off  Piste course:

Course Content

Over the course of the day we will be covering the following areas, as this course has a lot of technical material you should expect a mix of classroom and practical sessions.

Basics of using a rope as an emergency tool, with and without harnesses Snow anchors: using skis and ice axes to build belays for ascent and descent. Use of a rope: abseiling on skis, breaching cornices.





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?

Equipment List:

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.

*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


Ski Googles

Head Torch

Warm Gloves or mitts: Thick and Thin

Ski Socks

Compass and whistle.

*Ski Touring Rucksack – 35 – 45 litres, ideally with a dedicated pocket for shovel and probe.

Rucksack liner and/or dry bags.

Vacum flask

Waterbottle – 1ltr Nalgene, camblebacks tend to freeze.

Suncream and Lip Slave – SPF 30 minimum

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


Course Documentation

Course Pre-Requisites

Course Grading: guide to the course grading can be downloaded here.

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Ski Technique/Level 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.

Mountain 2 – Experience of using touring bindings and skins is necessary. Some experience of ice axe and crampons may be necessary. For skiers, coping techniques such as side slipping and stem turns are essential and should be well practiced and reliable. Uphill and down hill kick turns may be familiar but require further practice.

Fitness 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 2 reviews Read all reviews

A great one day intro to the key rope skills for skiers. Relevant, well paced, well taught and excellent facilities as ever.
Daryn Piper Reviewed on 25/01/2016
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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

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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