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Off Piste Riding Steeper Terrain(2 day)

Advanced Level - 2 days | Prices from £295.00

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 reviews

The Scottish backcountry offers the off piste skier and tourer some of the best freeride terrain in the world. As we explore further into the Scottish mountains it is inevitable that we will have to ski steeper slopes, we may even choose to challenge ourselves and start to ski the amazing gullies that are readily acceptable. But is your technique up to the job, are your coping skills good enough to get out of trouble? This intensive 2 day course will help you on the way to developing the necessary steeper skiing techniques.

Course Grading:guide to the course grading can be downloaded here.

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Cost (with accommodation): £345.00
Cost (no accommodation): £295.00
Cost (with accommodation): £345.00
Cost (no accommodation): £295.00
Cost (with accommodation): £345.00
Cost (no accommodation): £295.00
Cost (with accommodation): £345.00
Cost (no accommodation): £295.00

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.

Course Aims

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.


Course Content

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?

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.

*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.

*Ski Touring Rucksack – 35 – 45 litres, ideally with a dedicated pocket for shovel and probe.

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)


Course Pre-Requisites

Course Grading:guide to the course grading can be downloaded here.

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Ski 3: You are a confident skier on red runs and enjoy playing with the terrain, skiing narrow corridors at the side and using the bumps to help start a new turn. When the slope gets steeper (up to but not exceeding 300/steep black runs) you are capable of looking ahead and identifying the line you intend to ski. You are also capable of adjusting your skiing so you can follow your intended route. In fresh snow, off piste or when the bumps get larger you can still manage to make controlled progress using skids and side slips to cope.

Mountain 1 – Experience of Ice Axe and Crampons is not necessary. Skiers should be well practiced in putting on and taking off skis on slopes in soft snow.

Fitness 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 1 reviews Read all reviews

Difficult to fault, especially as there was only one other participant on the course, so we had the benefit of a 1-2 instructor-pupil ratio.
John Mortimer Reviewed on 10/03/2016
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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

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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