This "steep ski" weekend is run specifically for members of the Eagle Ski Club. This is run with the same philosophy as 'Off Piste Scotland' and our 'Ben Nevis Ski Weekend' allowing Eagle Ski Club members to explore some atmospheric locations.
Skiing in Scotland is well known for having a variety of steeper skiing options, particularly on the west coast with Ben Nevis, Aonach Mor and Glen Coe, harbouring a ready supply of esoteric and challenging skiing.
Off Piste Performance's 'Steep Eagles' weekend is primarily focused on guided ski mountaineering to access some steeper ski lines. We will choose the best lines to suit the prevailing conditions, and of course search for the best possible snow. This is Scotland though, where the conditions can be as changeable as the weather, requiring a full spectrum of different techniques and a broad interpretation of what might constitute "powder".
Taking a flexible approach we will aim to ski from summits around Ben Nevis, Aonach Mor, Creag Meagaidh and Glen Coe, making descents of classic gully lines. 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. This is likely to be tough work and we will definitely be earning our turns.
'Steep Eagles' would suit intermediate to advanced off piste skiers who are starting to think about skiing steeper or wilder lines. Confidence on steeper ground is a must, along with the ability to manoeuvre on skis e.g. tight radius turns, side stepping and side slipping.
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.
£275 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), to further develop those skills for the next epic winter.
This weekend will be run by IFMGA Mountain Guide James Thacker. Find out more about the Off Piste Performance team.
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- Off-Piste Ski Ability
- Ski Mountaineering
- Mountain Guide