Ski Performance Scotland
'Ski Performance for Mountaineers' courses are being offered in Scotland as well as Chamonix. These courses 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.
The most important pre-requisite for this course is that you are keen to try new things and are prepared to have a go. You will competent on all groomed slopes and have plenty of mileage skiing red runs. Ideally you will have put in some mileage skiing off-piste, but you will most likely find this challenging, particular when the conditions get steeper, icier or bumpier. You have a desire to become more efficient off-piste. We ask that you are comfortable in Scottish winter weather, as we can't always guarantee sunshine! 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.
£170 per person
Courses are run at Nevis Range.
Maximum 6 people
Timings and Meeting Point
This course is over 2 days. 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!). The meeting points are detailed below. Gillian will contact clients the evening prior to the course to confirm the meeting point, which may change, depending on the prevailing snow and weather conditions.
Nevis Range - 0845 in Pine Martin cafe at the bottom of the gondola
To download the kit list for this course click here.
Mammut Element transceivers are available to borrow free of charge. Please let us know in advance if you need to borrow one.
Additional Costs not included in price
- Lift pass
- Accommodation. Previously clients have stayed at the Calluna in Fort William. This is an excellent self catering base for any outdoor activity holiday.
- Equipment Hire (transceiver, shovel and probe are required for this course)
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.
If none of our dates are suitable and you have 3 people we may be able to arrange dates specifically for you. Email to ask. Gillian is also able to offer private lessons in Scotland. Please email to check availability. She charges £180 for a full day and £100 for a half day.
"Let me thank you again for the brilliant course...so helpful...will book it also next winter." Nico Zanzotto
"Thanks for a fantastic couple of days Gillian, I really enjoyed the course, and learnt sooo much, so glad I came!" Simon White
"Great day's tuition yesterday with Gillian Parker from Off Piste Performance. Excellent, attentive, no-nonsense skiing tuition for anyone looking for help with backcountry skiing skills. I'd thoroughly recommend this course. Thank you Gillian, I've lots of good stuff to work on now!" Cath Hoult
"Thanks again for organising a brilliant weekend. I haven't had a ski lesson in years and it was so, so valuable. Gillian was an excellent instructor and I would definitely recommend her course to anyone, and go on to do more lessons with her in future. She got the balance perfectly between teaching new stuff in a really clear way and not overloading us with too much info. Everything just ran so smoothly and I really feel more confident in my skiing ability as a result. Brilliant!" Eagle Ski Club
"I wanted to take the time to tell you how much I enjoyed the course and how impressed I was with Gillian's ability to help me improve my skiing both on and off piste. She was a great instructor and balanced the on/off piste ratio extremely well. Overall it was an excellent course and I thoroughly enjoyed it, please pass my thanks to Gillian." Alex Spencer
"Thanks for a great weekend coaching. Really enjoyed it, got a lot out of it and lots to work on." Nigel Fawthrop
Find out more about the Off Piste Performance team.
- Off-Piste Ski Ability
- Newbie, Effective but not efficient
- Ski Instruction
- Ski Instructor