Ski Touring Courses


Scottish Ski Touring Courses :

Introduction to Ski Touring courses
Advanced Ski Touring courses

“The Scottish Highlands sometimes have more snow than alpine or US resorts. They can involve big ups, big downs, bright sunny days, blizzards, avalanches, every type of snow going, history, views and wildlife. And sometimes even lifts and beer! Ski Touring courses with Arc Guiding can help you discover these wonderful places…”

Equipment


* Download Ski Touring kit PDF.
A full equipment list will be sent at booking. You are welcome to bring your own equipment, but it’s suitability will be checked before the trip starts.
* Equipment hire package: £40 Including touring skis, skins, poles, boots, setup (items can also be hired individually). Depending on circumstances, additional items may be required and can be hired: ski crampons, transceiver, probe, shovel, ice axe, walking crampons, helmet (ask for advice). ADVANCE BOOKING RECOMMENDED.
*Lift Pass : Current Cairngorm ‘ski mountaineering’ ticket is £10 per day for two uplifts. Subject to weather.

Location & Dates


The famous Cairngorm Mountain ski area is a convenient base to begin skinning from, giving us a head start of 640m height. Whether we decide to use leg power, or lifts, or a combination of the two, depends on circumstances and goals on the day. A great variety of on and off piste terrain is accessible either way – from ‘sidecountry’ just on the borders of the ski area, to some of the biggest and most committing ski tours in Britain, for example Ben Macdui, Braeriach and the Moine Mor. Locations elsewhere in the Highlands are dependant on conditions and demand.

Dates:
Usually December – April (depending on conditions).

Check out our  ski touring courses :

‘Introduction to Ski Touring’ courses

Forget walking off the hill! This is absolutely the best and coolest way to get around on the winter mountains (it even beats skidoos and flying reindeer…)

Easy skinning on Introduction to Ski Touring courses

Easy skinning on Introduction to Ski Touring courses

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After sorting equipment we will spend the day wherever the conditions offer us the best classroom. These ski touring courses are designed to be flexible and fun! You will soon get the hang of adjusting ski touring bindings and fitting and removing skins. Our time together will be mostly devoted to journeying, with plenty of opportunities to rest, enjoy our surroundings, chat and ask questions. We will focus on efficient movement, using weather and avalanche forecasts and clues on the ground to plan a good route. Depending on conditions, we may look at using ski or walking crampons and an ice axe, or we might even be able to use uplift in the ski area. Then it comes to descent time! We will keep in mind the snow conditions, weather and our abilities as we track down the best slopes around – fresh tracks shouldn’t be a problem! Remember, ski touring courses in Scotland might involve powder, spring snow, porridge, slush, crust, ice, bare rock or heather – maybe a little bit of all of it! If we feel like an easy way down though, we could even descend ‘on piste’ through the ski area.

Is this for me?


Ideally, you should be at least a red run skier, confident in good conditions and willing to explore! You don’t need to be super fit, but a reasonable level of fitness will enable you to get the most of your time. Get in touch if you want to discuss your ability.Are you happier on foot than skis? We may spend more time on piste. Novice skier? Then definitely consider booking basic ski lessons before considering one of our ski touring courses ( basic ski lessons also offered by Arc Guiding ).

Prices

Booking Price Details
Group/Public £65 per person per day * Min 3, max 6 people.
* Transport from / to Aviemore.
* Instruction.
* 8 hours approx.
* Fixed dates
* Hire / liftpass not included
Private £185 per day * Max 2 people.
* Transport from / to your accomodation.
* Instruction
* 8 hours approx
* Flexible dates
* Hire / liftpass not included



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‘Advanced Ski Touring’ courses

Go further, faster, steeper and in zero visibility! Well, OK, not always. But this course will help you gain the skills to make the most of your tracks…

ski touring in poor visibility

Advanced ski touring offers a bigger challenge…

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Already got the ski touring bug? Our ski touring courses can help you brush up on navigating on skis, dealing with variable snow conditions, avalanche safety or personal technique ( eg: introducing carving, steeps or bumps ). Maybe lift served side- or backcountry action is more your thing? The five Scottish ski areas Cairngorm, Nevisrange, Glenshee, Glencoe and the Lecht) all offer great opportunities for ski tourers to get a little practice and uplift (and beer / hot chocolate). But they can also offer opportunities for accessing routes away from the hustle and bustle. Cairngorm (1245m), Ben Macdui (1309m) and the Northern Corries Circuit are all achievable with good conditions. Do you want to go further afield? Bagging summits usually ascended by walkers means walking / skinning from the valley. It’ll be a bigger day, but worth the effort to get those tracks! The Glen Feshie hills, Creag Meagaidh, Cromdales, Braeriach, Lochnagar, Drumochter hills, Ben Nevis and Ben Wyvis are all possible with good planning.

Is this for me?


Ideally, you should be at least a red run skier, confident in good conditions and willing to explore! You don’t need to be super fit, but a reasonable level of fitness will enable you to get the most of your time. Get in touch if you want to discuss your ability. Don’t forget our Winter Skills courses if you want thorough training in how to use ice axe and crampons.

Prices

Booking Price Details
Group/Public £65 per person per day * Min 3, max 6 people.
* Transport from / to Aviemore.
* Instruction.
* 8 hours approx
* Fixed dates
* Hire / liftpass not included
Private £185 per day * Max 2 people.
* Transport from / to your accomodation.
* Instruction
* 8 Hours approx
* Flexible dates
* Hire / liftpass not included



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