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.
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.
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?
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)