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Avalanche Awareness for Tourers & Freeriders

Intermediate Level - 2 days | Prices from £225.00

Our Scottish and International avalanche training programme was redeveloped in 2015. Our new programme incorporates the latest education and information by a number of collaborative agencies including sportscotlands Avalanche Information service and the Snow and Avalanche Foundation of Scotland to produce the ‘Be Avalanche Aware Guidelines’ leaflet funded by sportscotland.

Download our course grading document here:ski-course-grading

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Dates & Prices

Cost (with accommodation): £275.00
Cost (no accommodation): £225.00
Cost (with accommodation): £275.00
Cost (no accommodation): £225.00
Cost (with accommodation): £275.00
Cost (no accommodation): £225.00
Cost (with accommodation): £275.00
Cost (no accommodation): £225.00
Cost (with accommodation): £275.00
Cost (no accommodation): £225.00
Cost (with accommodation): £275.00
Cost (no accommodation): £225.00

Is It For Me?

This intensive 2 day course is ideal for anyone who regularly skis or boards off piste and wishes to know more about how to make informed decisions. The course will be based in both our classrooms and practically on the hill, therefore you should be capable of skiing to the required level and have had experience of touring and touring equipment.

Course Aims

Over the course of the 2 days we will aim to give you  an understanding of the Scottish ‘Be Avalanche Aware’ system of decision making. In addition to this we will also be looking at the snowpack on the hill and discussing how this is influenced by the weather and terrain. This course is a must for all Scottish backcountry skiers and boarders but is also relevant to skiing and boarding in the alps.

Course Content

Over the course of the 2 days we will tailor the course to suit the needs and aspirations of each student. This is a wide and complex subject area so we will distil the essential knowledge so that you leave fully informed and ready to making kick ass decisions allowing you to ride the whole mountain.

  • How to use the Snow and Avalanche Foundation of Scotland (SAFOS) Be Avalanche Aware Guidelines.
  • Detailed understanding of the Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) avalanche forecast bulletin and application of this knowledge.
  • Detailed understanding of British mountain weather forecasts and application of this knowledge..
  • Understand the influence of Human factors and include this knowledge in decision making.
  • Navigational skills and interpretation of contours for avalanche  terrain and hazard identification.
  • Route planning  and terrain selection during a journey.
  • Observation and evaluation of avalanche risk when touring and skiing on the hill in ascent and descent.
  • Snowpack observation and analysis.
  • Understanding and interpreting snow pit profiles.
  • Safe travel techniques on mountainous terrain.
  • Avalanche safety equipment & how to use it.
  • Companion rescue.

Evening sessions will include an avalanche awareness lecture..

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

Download our course grading document here:ski-course-grading

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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.


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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