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 deal with the prevailing off-piste conditions, specific to your individual needs. We will look how to adapt these techniques and tactics for the various types of off-piste snow, and aim to experience as many different conditions as is possible over the weekend. Some time will be spent looking at how to turn in small spaces efficiently, which can be very useful, particularly in Scotland.
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 by prior arrangement.
£150 per person
The course will be based at Nevis Range. Should it not be possible to ski at Nevis Range due to the prevailing snow and weather conditions, then we may look at move the course to Cairngorm.
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!).
To download the kit list for this course click here.
- 2 days of ski instruction with BASI ISIA Level 3
What's not included?
- Lift pass
- Accommodation. If you are looking for bunkhouse accommodation in Fort William the SYHA hostel in Glen Nevis is recently refurbished. "Calluna" is very good (has a minimum 3 night stay). There is a large selection of hotels and guest houses on Air bnb, often with good deals to be had in winter. Many of our guests also stay at the Premier Inn or Travel Lodge which are within walking distance of the restaurants and pubs on the high street.
- Equipment Hire (transceiver, shovel and probe can be provided free of charge)
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 no lifts operating then a full refund will be given. If it is possible to run only one day of the course then a 50% refund will be given. No refund will be given where a day is cut short due to early lift closure, but every opportunity to use the rest of the day constructively, for example, doing video feedback, will be taken.
"Thanks for a great weekend coaching. Really enjoyed it, got a lot out of it and lots to work on." Nigel Fawthrop, Feb 2014
- Off-Piste Ski Ability
- Effective but not efficient
- Ski Instruction