Off Piste Scotland
Skiing in Scotland is well renowned for having a dedicated ski scene around it's ski areas. But lying outside the snow fences, are some of the wildest ski lines around. The mountains may be small by European standards, but Scotland is "big" on experience. Ben Nevis, Aonach Mor and Glen Coe have recently seen a resurgence in ski activity as dedicated skiers explore the backcountry in search of that perfect turn.
Off Piste Performance's 'Off Piste Scotland' days are primarily focused on guided ski mountaineering to access wilderness "off the grid" ski lines. We will choose the best lines to suit the prevailing conditions, and of course the search for good snow. This is Scotland though, where the conditions can be as changeable as the weather, requiring a full spectrum of different techniques.
Taking a flexible approach we will aim to ski from summits around Ben Nevis, Aonach Mor, Creag Meagaidh and Glen Coe, make descents of classic gully lines depending on ability. This is a valley based ski mountaineering trip and in most cases we will have to carry skis and equipment to the snow line before skinning or boot packing upwards. It's a case of earning our turns.
A trip to ski on the west coast of Scotland would suit intermediate off piste skiers who are starting to think about skiing steeper or wilder lines. The terrain gives us some good scope for variation, and with a flexible approach allows travel to make the best use of the conditions.
With easier angled summit slopes, steeper gullies and corrie headwalls available, Scotland is a good place to develop skills away from the bigger committing lines of the Alps. Most importantly, you should have some experience of ascending in crampons and be prepared to carry you skis for a reasonable distance. As usual, the most important pre-requisites for this trip are the desire to try new things and go "off the grid" to earn those turns. If you are not sure please feel free to email details of your experience and we can answer any queries.
£300 per person
West coast of Scotland. The trip will be based from Fort William, where accommodation is available to suit most tastes and budgets.
Maximum 2 people (at a ratio of 1:2). The minimum number for this trip to run is 1.
Timings and Meeting Point
Nevis Range - 0830 in Pine Martin cafe at the bottom of the gondola.
To download the kit list for this course click here.
- 2 days guiding with IFMGA Mountain Guide at 1:2 ratio
- Avalanche safety equipment, transciever, shovel and probe (if required)
- Transport to other mountain areas as required
What's not included?
- Accommodation (required locally in Fort William)
- Food and subsistence
- Lift pass/lift tickets (if required)
- Travel to and from Fort William
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. However, if conditions are difficult then the option remains to travel to another area, or practice skills (skiing or mountaineering).
Find out more about the Off Piste Performance team.
James Thacker's blog post - Skiing on Ben Nevis
- Off-Piste Ski Ability
- Effective but not efficient, Experienced
- Ski Mountaineering
- Mountain Guide