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Guided Ski Touring (5 Days)

Intermediate Level - 5 days | Prices from £625.00

The Scottish mountains were made for Ski Touring. When conditions and weather are favourable they rival the Alps and Scandinavia and with an amazing variety of terrain accessible they are the perfect choice for a quick 2 day hit or a proper 5 day ‘ski staycation’!

This course has been designed to showcase the very best ski touring in Scotland.  We will be exploring the more remote mountains and using our extensive knowledge to find the best snow and descents. Glenmore Lodge ski staff  have been guiding ski tours in Scotland longer than any other provider and it this massive body of shared knowledge that makes us the only choice if you want to experience the real  ‘Scottish vibe’ – go on put us to the test!

Course grading: To download a copy of the full grading guide, click here

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Dates & Prices

01/04/19
Cost (with accommodation): £750.00
Cost (no accommodation): £625.00
10/02/20
Cost (with accommodation): £750.00
Cost (no accommodation): £625.00
02/03/20
Cost (with accommodation): £750.00
Cost (no accommodation): £625.00
16/03/20
Cost (with accommodation): £750.00
Cost (no accommodation): £625.00
30/03/20
Cost (with accommodation): £750.00
Cost (no accommodation): £625.00

Course Aims

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 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

 

Course Content

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.

Day 1

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 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 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.

Day 2

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 Enicht. 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 onto a 2 day course, we will feed you up on cake and wave you off with some truly memorable ski tours, but if you with us for 5 days then we will start again tomorrow morning!

Staff

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

(please note: If bring your own skis, please ensure that you also have 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

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

Sunglasses

Ski Googles

Head Torch

Warm Gloves or mitts: Thick and Thin

Ski Socks

Compass and whistle.

*Rucksack – 35 – 45 litres.

Rucksack liner and/or dry bags.

Vacuum flask

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)

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Course Documentation

Course Pre-Requisites

Course grading: To download a copy of the full grading guide, click here

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Ski 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.

Mtn 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.

Fit 2 – All day skiing, with few stops or breaks. Off piste skiing, top to bottom without the need for intermediate stops. Hiking and skinning for several hours at a time with a height gain of 800 – 1000m and be active for 6 – 8 hours per day. This uphill effort will have no significant detrimental effect on your downhill performance and you will be comfortable carrying a moderately heavy rucksack of 8kgs.

 

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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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