Eagle Ski Club Scotland


This course is specifically for Eagle Ski Club Members.  This course will be run by Alison's sister, Gillian, who shares the same passion for skiing and the mountains.  Over the last few winters the ski conditions in Scotland have been very good and the number of people going ski touring is on the increase.  These courses have been designed to make the most these conditions and give mountaineers the option of accessing the same tuition at home in the UK.  The course has exactly the same ethos and focus of those run in Chamonix; to bring together like-minded people to develop their off-piste skiing.

You will be given simple yet effective tools to ski ice, bumps, powder, chopped up powder and whatever other snow we come across in the off-piste.  You will come away with tactics to ski smoothly through the trees and tight spaces, and feel more confident on the steep and icy.  Skiing crust will become fun as you’ll be able to be effective in it.  And not forgetting gaining the skills to float effortlessly through the powder.

To develop all these skills we will need to spend time on the piste to acquire the techniques but we will quickly put it into practice in the off-piste.

This course will be a lift accessed course to maximise the time available to develop off-piste technique.


The most important pre-requisite for this course is that you are keen to try new things and prepared to have a go.  You will be able to "cope" in the majority of off-piste conditions (but in no particular style!) but have the desire to become more efficient and effective.  This links to S2 in the Eagle Ski Club grading system. More details of this can be found here.

If you are not sure if its the course for you email giving more details of what you have done.   

You need to have a transceiver, shovel and probe for this course. This can be borrowed free of charge from Gillian by prior arrangement.


£150 per person


The course will be based from Aviemore.  This gives the flexibility of choosing the best resort for the prevailing weather and snow conditions.  Cairngorm is the closest resort but if the conditions are better on the east then the group can travel to The Lecht, or if they are better on the west the group can travel to Nevis Range.

Group Size

6 people


This course is over 2 days.  The meeting time and place will be arranged the evening before depending on the prevailing conditions. Each day will be a full day of skiing, finishing around 4pm.  We aim to give you the opportunity to have a few runs on your own at the end of the day to practice the things you have been taught (or have a rest!).

Kit List

To download the kit list for this course click here.

Additional Costs not included in price

  • Lift pass
  • Insurance 
  • Accommodation.  In the past clients have stayed at the YHA in Aviemore and Glenmore Lodge.  If you would like details of B & B's or hotels in the area then please get in touch.
  • Food
  • Equipment Hire (transceiver, shovel and probe are required for this course)
  • Travel
  • Transport

What happens if there is no snow?

We really hope for a snowy winter in Scotland but it is well known that the snow conditions can be unpredictable.  In the event of there being no snow then a full refund will be given. 


"Thanks for a great weekend coaching. Really enjoyed it, got a lot out of it and lots to work on."  Nigel Fawthrop, Feb 2014

See ski performance scotland dates

See ski performance scotland dates

Off-Piste Ski Ability
Effective but not efficient
Ski Instruction