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Introduction Level - 3 days | Prices from £410.00

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 reviews

Aimed at those wishing to explore the snow beyond the boundaries of the piste. Over 3 days you will be coached in your skiing and shown how to adapt to the variable nature of off piste snow. You will experience a new sport and be given an insight into the skills needed to take your development further.

Course Grading: ski-course-grading

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Dates & Prices

Cost (with accommodation): £485.00
Cost (no accommodation): £410.00
Cost (with accommodation): £485.00
Cost (no accommodation): £410.00
Cost (with accommodation): £485.00
Cost (no accommodation): £410.00

Is It For Me?

Have you watched other skiers leaving the pistes behind as they disappear off to have exhilarating adventures in the side and back country? Do you want to follow them but find your ski technique can’t cope with the variable snow and have no idea what to put in you rucksack?

If yes, then this course is a good place to start. Over the 3/5 days, our experienced and qualified ski instructors, guides and coaches will work on all aspects of your off piste ski technique and knowledge.

We will use both the groomed runs and off piste terrain to fine tune your skiing performance, giving you the confidence to ski the ‘whole mountain’. We will explore a wide variety of terrain including groomed pistes, bumps, steeps and difficult snow learning how to adapt our ski technique to suit.

Course Aims

The aim will be to start at the beginning with basic ski techniques, using the latest freeride boots and skis, our coaches will analysis your technique and ensure that you have the foundations of good posture and body management essential for skiing off piste in more challenging and variable conditions. Using the groomed pistes in the resorts and the ‘side country’ your coach will guide you through the necessary skills and techniques needed to make a smooth transition from piste to off piste. Our staff has a limitless array of drills to help you develop the skills and confidence to leave the piste behind and start to explore what lies beyond the marker poles.

Video feedback and analysis will be an essential part of this course; we will be able to review footage immediately on the slope, so that improvements can be made instantly. We will over the 3/5 days do as much skiing as possible; our emphasis will very much be on mileage and fine tuning techniques to suit the conditions. Most of all it is about having fun on skis!

Your coach will be able to answer all your technical queries and offer you individualised coaching.

During the 3 days we will be skiing with small, lightweight rucksacks which will contain the essential safety items that all off piste skiers should carry; shovel, probe and transceiver. Training in the use of this equipment will be given, but it should be noted that this NOT the main aim of the course.

Over the course of the 3 days, the ski area will be used and therefore you will need to buy a ticket if you do not already have a pass. Please do not buy your ticket or pass till the start of the course as we may travel to other ski venues in search of better snow or different terrain.

Course Content

Likely content to be chosen from:

• Skiing techniques for the ‘whole mountain’ including hard/soft snow, crud and steeps.

• Coping techniques for steeps, bumps and breakable crusts.

• Equipment selection

• Emergency proceedures.

• Avalanche awareness, including the use of transceivers.

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)


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Course Pre-Requisites

Course Grading: ski-course-grading

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Ski Technique/Level 1: You are confident on blue piste and enjoy skiing with smooth, rhythmic turns. On red runs you are capable of controlling your speed, speeding up and slowing down by altering the size and shape of your turns. Coping strategies such as side slipping and downhill kick turns may be familiar to you.

Mountain 1 – Experience of Ice Axe and Crampons is not necessary. Skiers should be well practiced in putting on and taking off skis on slopes in soft snow.

Fit ness1 – 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.


Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 reviews Read all reviews

The course was a heap of fun, and far exceeded my expectations, and although at times I felt close to the edge of my comfort zone, I guess that's where learning takes place. I'm already planning the next trip.
Steve Smith Reviewed on 11/02/2016
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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

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Check our FAQ’s here or contact us on [email protected] or 01479 861256

Can't find exactly what you are looking for?

Design your own course

We are happy to create it for you. You can hire one of our instructors or guides from as little as £280 a day, including any equipment. If you’re a group, all of our courses are available on a date that suits you or if you would prefer we can tailor a course to your requirements. Simply give us a call to discuss your requirements.

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