Is It For Me?
Fitness and Ski Ability: You are a confident skier on red runs, playing with terrain, skiing narrow corridors and using the bumps to help start a new turn whilst looking ahead to identify the line you intend to ski.
Ski a little bit further into the wildside. Exploring the hidden treasures of the Cairngorms, cruising the wide open slopes and crushing the burn lines. For example we may head off to explore Ben Macdui and its surrounding hills whilst using our Guide’s local knowledge to find the secret ski lines, allowing us to earn our turns to the maximum. Another alternative would be to wave goodbye to the piste skiers on Cairngorm, before we leave tracks as we head down to Loch Avon and then climb the stunning Beinn Mheadhoin. From its commanding summit we will admire the stunning vista of the Cairngorms before cruising the ski lines back to Loch Avon and finally over Cairngorm triumphantly and ready for the party. Decide as a group what works for you.
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)