Artificial Ski Touring

Introduction to Ski Touring

Venue: Midlothian Snowsports Centre (Hillend). 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, maximum 6 in a group

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 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: 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.

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