The aim of this course is pretty simple…. Skin, Tour, Ski, and then do some more.
This is primarily a guided experience but our ski staff love to share their knowledge and help make you better skiers, so top tips and coaching points will be part of the daily routine. This unique mix of guiding and coaching make this course a useful progression from our intro and intermediate courses.
We will be making use of the all the facilities available to us to maximise the skiing time. If appropriate we may use the ski lift system to allow us access to the higher mountains saving us valuable time and allowing us to access more remote areas.
Please note: The price of the lift pass is not included in the course price
The programme for these courses is very flexible and we will make the most of the weather and conditions available to try to fulfil all your ambitions. Below is a sample 2 day programme to give you a flavour of what to expect.
After a quick equipment check we make the very short drive up to the Cairngorm ski centre. With the proximity of the lifts on Cairngorm Mountain a circuit of the Northern Corries is a must and a great place to start your love affair with east coast skiing. Ride the Ridge and M1 poma to the Ptarmigan lift station (touring ticket available) a quick hot chocolate is a derigour before either skinning or booting to the summit of Cairngorm. From the summit a ribbon of snow usually allows you to ski first South and then South West into Coire Raibert. On with the skins and a gentle tour along the northern edge of the Loch Avon (pronounced Arrrrrrrn) basin will lead in to Coire Domhain, a good spot for lunch before the final skin onto the summit of Coire Lochan. Off with the skins and first a gentle ski west before turning North West all the way down to the top of Lurchers gully, quite possibly the most reliable and skied patch of snow in Scotland. Gentle wide slopes, transform into easy spring snow late season making this the perfect GS turn, hero territory. A cup of tea and cake on the terrace at the Lodge is a perfect way to unwind and plans tomorrow’s adventure.
Having done the classic Cairngorm circuit we are going to head away from the crowds and explore an area famous for it solitude. A drive to the Pass of Drumochter, and some truly, ‘made for the job’ ski touring mountains. From the van we can go left or right, almost too much choice. We go right, crossing the railway line, we skin gently up hill towards Geal Charn and take our ‘little something at eleven ‘ surrounded by a spectacular vista of snowy mountains. Now for the secret bit, most tourers head home or go on to another summit, but we’re going to ski North West towards the shores of Loch Ericht. These slopes give some incredible skiing at just about every angle you want. They are so good we’ll skin up and do them again! All good things come to an end, and we will have to eventually ski the long descent back to the van and home to the Lodge. If you’ve booked on to a 2 day course, we will feed you up on cake and wave you off with some truly memorable ski tours, but if you are with us for 5 days then we will start again tomorrow morning!
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 encourage clients to have their own equipment especially 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.
*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, camelbaks tend to freeze and don’t handle boiling water very well.
Suncream and Lip Salve – SPF 30 minimum
Personal first aid – some tape, Compeed, plaster for blisters and your own pain relief (aspirin, ibuprofen, paracetamol)