ARTIFICIAL ski slopes


These courses have now past but I will be delivering 'All Mountain Ski Courses' to help get people skiing as well as possible prior to winter. These are available through Midlothian Snowsport Centre and run in December.

This All Mountain Performance Workshop will help you prepare for the winter and get you

  • ready for your mountain adventures.
  • The course will cover:
  • - The fundamentals of ski technique
  • - Gaining confidence on steep ground
  • - Gaining confidence on icy ground
  • - Mountain skills for off piste skiing and variable terrain
  • - Feedback on personal performance (including video analysis half way through)
  • - Action plan
  • Parallel skiers only, competent in tackling the steep section of the main slope.
  • Saturday 1st or Sunday 9th December (13.30 - 17.30)
  • £50.00 per workshop
  • Includes normal hire equipment
  • Booking
  • Book in person or call 0131 445 4433

Venue: Midlothian Snowsports Centre (Hillend). Braehead Snow Dome. Tamworth Snowdome. Please get in touch if you work for another centre and want to set up a course.

Dates: 2 courses running 5th August 9am - 1pm, & 1pm - 5pm

Price: £50 per person including ski touring and avalanche equipment for Hillend day, maximum 6 in a group, £40 for Braehead days, maximum 10 in a group, 4 hour sessions.

Content: The course will be an opportunity to: become more familiar with your equipment; master skinning technique (including kick turns); learn the theory of terrain choice and avalanche awareness; practice tranceiver searches; and to be coached on your downhill ski performance without even leaving the central belt!

The cost of £50 or £40 includes coaching, use of facilities and will include normal hire equipment (which it is recommended to use for the downhill skiing time to preserve the ski touring skis).

Prerequisites: For Hillend course you will need to be confident skiing the main slope of Hillend, or a hard red run on snow. If you have not skied for a while it is recommended that you try and visit the centre for an hour prior to booking onto the course. For Braehead you will need to be able to ski safely from the top of the main slope.

Equipment: If you have your own ski touring equipment please bring it. Wax for protecting the bases and skins will be provided, although the matt does not seem to adversely affect the equipment. I have six sets of ski touring skis and skins, so please contact me with your ski boot sole length size if you need to borrow skis. I will supply avalanche safety equipment.

Please remember to hire normal alpine skis when you arrive at the centre. You will also need to remember to bring warm and waterproof clothes, gloves and food.

Booking: For Hillend booking must be made through Midlothian Snowsport Centre for this course (0131 445 4433 /

All Mountain Skiing Coaching:

For the Braehead and Tamworth day booking can be made through the following link: