Women's Discover Backcountry Clinic

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Cairngorm

PH22 1RB

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Join us to experience 2 days of ski touring in Scotland with BASI ISTD top qualified instructor and keen backcountry explorer Amy Marwick.

Amy spends half of her winter teaching all levels of skiing in the French Alps and the other half in Aviemore, Scotland exploring the Cairngorms with ski touring groups with British Backcountry and Glenmore Lodge. Amy rides for Black Crows, Scarpa and Panda Optics and has featured in a couple of films showcasing the Scottish backcountry and the freeride opportunities that the Scottish mountains offer. When she is not out hunting down the next powder run she is a keen fell runner and yoga enthusiast and runs skiing and yoga retreats during the winter with her own company Yoyosno. You can follow her adventures on instagram @amywhereoutthere

During your 'Discover Backcountry session the aim will be to introduce you to the Backcountry so that you can then confidently plan further adventures. Ready to laugh out loud, push your comfort zone and learn in a friendly environment? Then join a group of like minded ladies and expand your winter mountain skills whilst exploring the the Scottish backcountry on skis.

This two day course will involve an introduction to skinning and skiing in Scotland’s unpredictable but ultimately incredible terrain. With lots of top tips for uphill and downhill technique, Amy will guide you through ski touring days in the Cairngorms and introduce you to the wilds of Scotland’s winter wonderland. Learn about where and how to gather your snow and weather information and apply it to planning a day out in the backcountry, discover how to use the all the gear and how best to pack your rucksack. All the key skills will be covered on the move and the day could involve multiple ascents and descents depending on conditions covering up to 800 – 1,000m vertical each day depending on conditions. Therefor this course would suit skiers who are comfortable climbing a munro on a day of hillwalking. During descents skiers will learn tactics for tackling the current snow conditions and hopefully enjoy some dreamy turns in the Scottish mountains. If the weather deteriorates during the day we may focus on a snow and avalanche skills session in sheltered terrain.

Day 1: Introduction to the equipment and skills for uphill skiing (skinning efficiently, kick turns and route choice). Avalanche search and rescue technique (although we will be ski touring in non-avalanche terrain both days these are useful tools for the future). Transition from skinning to skiing. Using ski crampons. We will aim for two or three short climbs and descents, when possible downhill ski technique will be discussed and tactical tips given.

Day 2: A longer journey day putting into practice what was learned on dayone. The aim would be to seek out the best conditions possible on the day.

Pre-requisites: You will need to be confident getting down a red run and have a decent level of fitness. You don’t need prior experience of ski touring - this is an introductory course and we will cover all the basics. Both the ascent and descent will be in non-avalanche terrain (less than 30 degrees) but the snow conditions may be variable. You should be happy to ski in unpredictable and changeable snow, although tactics to help tackle this will be covered in the course.

Equipment: Ski touring skis, skins and avalanche kit can be provided but you will need to bring your own ski boots and poles. Please let us know on the sign up form your equipment requirements in advance including the size of your ski boots (so bindings can be adjusted should you want to hire)

  • Ski poles

  • Ski boots

  • Ski crampons

  • A rucksack big enough to carry your gear

  • Avalanche shovel and probe

  • Transceiver

  • Layers and spare clothing

  • Packed lunch

  • Water (a hot drink is also always welcome on the mountain)

  • Suncream

  • Sunglasses

  • Goggles

  • Helmet

  • Hat

  • Thinner gloves for the uphill and ski gloves for the downhill

  • Off Piste Insurance Cover - we reccommend True Traveller

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