These ski mountaineering courses are designed to be fun and tailored to your level of experience and goals.
A full equipment list will be sent at booking, or can be downloaded from this page. You are welcome to bring your own equipment. Hire is available locally, but cannot usually be booked in advance, so book promptly. I recommend doing this through Mountain Spirit, Aviemore (opens in new tab). Please enquire for recommended equipment.
Ski Mountaineering courses and guiding:
Introduction to Ski Mountaineering
For those who have never tried ski mountaineering, or ski touring, before. Our time together will be mostly geared towards getting the hang of the equipment and undertaking a straightforward journey. Depending on conditions and your goals, we may base ourselves near one of the five Scottish ski areas (link opens in new tab). This gives us the option to use the tows and pistes for part of the day, or we may head away from it all, to one of the many local hills or mountains. When it comes to the descent, 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…
- Confident skiing red runs
- Some experience of off piste and / or winter hillwalking would be an advantage, but not essential
- Use of touring boots, bindings and skins
- Basic transceiver search and rescue
- Route choice
- Introduction to off piste skiing
- Introduction to winter navigation
Advanced Ski Mountaineering
For good skiers who already have some experience off piste and touring, who want further guiding, coaching or instruction to expand their skillset. With such a wide variety of terrain to choose from in the Highlands, there’s plenty of new routes to explore. Depending on the weather conditions and your goals, we could plan a longer tour to one of the tougher summits like Ben Macdui, Ben Nevis, Creag Meagaidh or Braeriach. Or you may prefer to spend time honing more technical skills and getting some coaching.
- Experience of skiing off piste and in poor visibility
- Can ski black runs in good conditions
- Some experience of winter hillwalking would be an advantage, but not essential
- Techniques for skiing variable snow
- Steep ascents and descents
- Advanced navigation
- Emergency and Survival techniques
- Longer tours and tailored guiding