As this is such a short course, we will aim to do as much skiing as possible sending you home with tired legs and a big grin. We will of course have to spend some time learning the essential skills so that we can make progress on our tours. These learning sessions will be carefully balanced and tailored to your own individual needs and aims. Your instructor will aim to answer all your technical questions and where appropriate offer individualised coaching and advice on how to improve and where to go next.
Over the course of the 2 days we will give you a thorough introduction to the sport of Ski Touring. Our aim will be to teach whilst on the move, whilst making sure that we keep the balance between touring and teaching. We will be covering the essential get started topics such as:
Selecting the right equipment.
Planning a tour
Avalanche awareness and avoidance.
Movement of skis in ascent and descent.
Navigation on skis, route choice and finding.
Our Glenmore Lodge ski staff are among some of the most experienced coaches, instructors and mountain guides working in Scotland and the Alps.
They will hold a variety of qualifications, which may include: Scottish Ski Mountain leader, BASI Instructor and IFMGA Mountain Guide. But most importantly they love skiing and enjoy sharing their extensive knowledge with you.
What Will I Need?
Glenmore Lodge is in a unique position of being able to offer clients equipment at no extra charge. We do however, strongly encourage clients to have their own equipment especially 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.
*Rucksack – 35 – 45 litres.
Rucksack liner and/or dry bags.
Waterbottle – 1ltr Nalgene, camelbaks 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)