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Ski Touring Skins and Skills Improver (5 Days)

Intermediate Level - 5 days | Prices from £625.00

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 reviews

Ski touring and mountaineering is the sport of Kings. When the mountains are covered in snow there is no better way to travel through them and the thrill of making turns down a slope in the backcountry is hard to beat. This 5 day intermediate course is ideal for anyone who has some ski touring experience and is looking to either operate a little more independently or to spread your wings and travel further in the Scottish mountains. This course is also excellent preparation for any ski tourer looking to go to the alps, wanting to refresh their skillset.

Course Grading: Download a copy of the ski grades guide here

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Dates & Prices

Cost (with accommodation): £750.00
Cost (no accommodation): £625.00
Cost (with accommodation): £750.00
Cost (no accommodation): £625.00
Cost (with accommodation): £750.00
Cost (no accommodation): £625.00

Course Aims

We will aim to do as much skiing as possible sending you home with tired legs and a big grin. We will involve you in the planning of our ski tours right from the start, gathering weather and avalanche information and using this data to find the most suitable tour. Your experienced instructor will be on hand throughout to help steer and advise and where necessary deliver coaching and teaching sessions to improve your knowledge and skill level . 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.

Course Content

Over the course of the 5 days we will give you a thorough revision of the knowledge and skills for the sport of Ski Touring. The advantage of the 5 day course is that we can be flexible with our programme, making the best of the conditions and weather. We may as part of the course look at improving our off piste skiing skills and how we apply this to the mountains.  Our aim will be teach whilst on the move whilst making sure that we keep the balance between touring and teaching We will be covering the essential get 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.

Introduction to moderately steep slopes and strategies to cope.




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?

Equipment List:

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.

*Harness with adjustable leg loops  – for example Petzl  Adjama or other similar.

*2 x prusik loops and 1 x snapgate karabiner – 5-6mm cord tied with a double fishermans to produce a 30cm loop.

*2 x HMS karabiners – for example Petzl Attache karabiner

*1 x 120cm sewn Dynema sling.

*1 x Ice Screw 17cm plus karabiner.

*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 Googles

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, camblebacks tend to freeze and don’t handle boiling water very well.

Suncream and Lip Slave – SPF 30 minimum

Personal first aid – some tape, Compeed, plaster for blisters and your own pain relief (aspirin, ibuprofen, paracetamol)

Camera, Money, Passport.

Course Documentation

Course Pre-Requisites

To download a copy of the full grading guide, click here

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Ski 2: You have been skiing for several weeks/years and are now confident on blue and red runs, controlling your speed by changing the size of your turns. Black runs are challenging but you are capable of skiing them under control by using skiddy turns perhaps with the occasional step or jump. Skiing off piste is a normal part of a days skiing but you are very much learning how to cope but mostly remaining upright. Your turns shape and size off-piste are very much dependent on the type of snow and terrain.

Mtn 2 – Experience of using touring bindings and skins is necessary. Some experience of ice axe and crampons may be necessary. For skiers, coping techniques such as side slipping and stem turns are essential and should be well practiced and reliable. Uphill and down hill kick turns may be familiar but require further practice.

Fit 2 – All day skiing, with few stops or breaks. Off piste skiing, top to bottom without the need for intermediate stops. Hiking and skinning for several hours at a time with a height gain of 800 – 1000m and be active for 6 – 8 hours per day. This uphill effort will have no significant detrimental effect on your downhill performance and you will be comfortable carrying a moderately heavy rucksack of 8kgs.


Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 reviews Read all reviews

Very good course with a good balance between technique, tips, navigation and avalanche awareness and putting it all into practise on the move.
Shaun Hurlow Reviewed on 21/03/2016
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The course is well constructed allowing time to cover all key aspects of ski touring in detail whilst allowing for changes in weather and mountain conditions.
Ronald Nolan Reviewed on 22/02/2016
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What’s included on your course

  • Instruction
  • Use of kit
  • Shuttle bus to Glenmore Lodge (departs Aviemore station 5:20pm on Friday and Sundays)
  • Packed lunch and afternoon tea each day
  • In-course transport (with the exception of ski lift passes, if required.  Customers will need to purchase these on the day).

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, you may wish to bring an extra towel if you would like to use the facilities or are on a paddlesport course

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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