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:
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?
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
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.
*Ski Touring Rucksack – 35 – 45 litres, ideally with a dedicated pocket for shovel and probe.
Rucksack liner and/or dry bags.
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)