Is It For Me?
Fitness and Ski Ability: You are confident on blue pistes and enjoy skiing with smooth, rhythmic turns. You need to be fit enough to ski all day, with few stops or breaks.
Choose this option if you are a skier fresh out of the nest or still learning to master the difficult, unpredictable, challenging, but ultimately emotionally enriching offpiste backcountry skiing.
On this package you’ll be heading off for a unique journey exploring the mellow, friendly wide slopes of the Cairngorms, which are the perfect classroom to ask all your burning questions and practice & perfect your backcountry turns.
Over 2 days you’ll grown in confidence and tick some of the classics of the Cairngorms. For example, one objective could be the tour of the Northern Corries. A classic full day, which ends with a cruise down Lurchers Gully. Your Guides will find the best routes available for your needs and the groups needs.
An outline of what you can expect:
Friday 15th March:
|1600 – 2100
||Arrival & collection of equipment hire. Check in available from 5pm.
||Presentations and videos
Saturday 16th March:
|0800 – 0900
||Last chance to register and collect ski hire
|0900 – 1000
||Depart for a day of wild ski
|1630 – 1730
||Black Crows Apero
Sunday 17th March
||Depart for wild ski, day 2
|1500 – 1700
||Equipment return, tea & cake and farewells
What Will I Need?
Personal Equipment (* Starred Items are available to borrow from GL Stores on a first come first served basis. Please notify at time of booking)
*Skis with touring bindings, skins and ski crampons (subject to availability)
*Ski Poles – ideally fixed length (subject to availability)
*Ski Mountaineering Boots – for example Scarpa Maestrale or Maestrale RS (subject to availability)
*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.
*Rucksack – 35 – 45 litres.
Rucksack liner and/or dry bags.
Waterbottle – 1ltr Nalgene, camelbacks 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)