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.
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.
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?
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)