Is It For Me?
This course would be ideal for an experienced ski mountaineer or off piste who is a regular skier. You will be a competent skier, skiing in control on steep and bumpy black runs in ANY condition and have lots experience of skiing off-piste in variable snow with a rucksack. You should have some experience of using crampons and an ice axe. In order to make the most of this a good level of hill fitness is required.
Pre Tour Preparation:
Your plan is to get a fit as possible. The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the course.
If you’re more of a skier: Some of the days are quite long, so stamina would be a good asset.
Perhaps try and get out into the mountains carrying a rucksack with a 10/15kg load in it. Doing some
work in the gym or aerobics will certainly help.
If you’re more of a mountaineer: Make sure you get some ski lessons at your local ski slope to
freshen up your technique. It’s useful to have a range of different types of turns you can use to suit
the varying snow conditions encountered off piste. These can range from perfect powder or spring
snow; through to difficult windslab or icy conditions!
If you’re a bit of both: Do a bit of everything.
This course is all about ski technique, and the best way to develop our steeper technique is to do lots and lots of turns. Our experienced instructors will structure the day so that you will develop your steeper skiing skills in a progressive manner. Using a mix of piste and off piste is the tried and tested method for producing fast results. It is our intention to use the lift system available, so please be prepared to buy a lift pass. If the ski areas are not available or suitable then we may choose to explore alternative venues using a combination of skins and boots.
Over the course of the 2 days we will give you a thorough introduction to the skills required to give you confidence on steeper terrain. We will build and develop whatever experience and knowledge you already have.
Our aim will be teach whilst on the move whilst making sure that we keep the balance between skiing and teaching. The content for the course will be tailored to suit the needs of the individual and the group but will most likely include some of the following:
Revision of basic off piste ski technique
Ski techniques and skills for the steeper slopes
Steep ground changeovers’: skis to boots and boots to skis
Strategies for skiing steeper line, selecting a line.
Party and Group Management
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 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.
*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.
*Ski Touring Rucksack – 35 – 45 litres, ideally with a dedicated pocket for shovel and probe.
Rucksack liner and/or dry bags.
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)