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Discover the Wild Side

Introduction Level - 2 days | Prices from £320.00

If you are new to skiing off piste and want to get a taste of the Scottish backcountry then join us on this truly wild ski journey. Together we will discover the necessary skills and gear to allow us venture away from the patrolled ski runs and go an explore some of the wild and remote summits.

If wild skiing is new to you don’t worry, our team of ‘wild’ Scottish skiers will guide you through everything you need to know whilst on a truly memorable adventure. Over the course of the 2 day festival you will experience the up and downs of wild Scottish skiing, in an adventurous and friendly environment that’s guaranteed to leave you wanting more.

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Dates & Prices

Cost (with accommodation): £370.00
Cost (no accommodation): £320.00

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.


Course Content

An outline of what you can expect:

Friday 15th March:

1600 – 2100 Arrival & collection of equipment hire.  Check in available from 5pm.
2000 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
1900 Dinner (included)
2000 Party (included)

Sunday 17th March

0900 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

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 Goggles

Head Torch

Warm Gloves or mitts: Thick and Thin

Ski Socks

Compass and whistle.

*Rucksack – 35 – 45 litres.

Rucksack liner and/or dry bags.

Vacum flask

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)


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What’s included on your course

  • Instruction
  • 2 nights accommodation (when residential option booked)
  • Shuttle bus to Glenmore Lodge (departs Aviemore station 5:20pm on Friday and Sundays)
  • Packed lunch and afternoon tea each day
  • In-course transport
  • Entry to Saturday night party

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,

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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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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