This section of the website contains links to information about the basic skills needed for ski touring. Other (separate) pages contain information about Avalanche Awareness, First Aid and Leading Tours.
The Club Touring Programme normally has three courses each year, each led by IFMGA guides and focusing on ski touring skills at 3 levels:
|Introduction to Ski Touring Course||A course for newcomers to ski mountaineering and ski touring, covering all necessary skills and techniques for safe travel in glaciated mountain country.|
|Technical Skills - Snow Safety
Technical Skills - Navigation
Technical Skills - Glacier Travel
|A series of three individual 2 day modules - these are run consecutively, so can be taken separately or combined.
These courses are focussed on improving skills for individuals who have mastered the basics of ski touring.
|Tour Leaders Course||Developing the skills needed to lead ski touring groups.|
The Club Touring Programme also has an extensive set of courses aimed at improving off-piste skiing techniques and ability.
There are a handful of recent books in English which provide a useful introduction to ski touring and ski mountaineering skills and techniques. Probably the best is by Eagle Ski Club member and IFMGA guide Bruce Goodlad:
by Bruce Goodlad (2015)
Published by Pesda Press
Other books include:
Off Piste Essentials (2008)
Produced by Plas y Brenin in conjunction with the BMC and MCofS.
This article by Rob Collister discusses the art of uphill skiing.
Crevasses and Crevasse Rescue
Rob Collister’s article in The Eagle Ski Club Yearbook 2009 explains some of the dangers associated with crevasses and how to handle them.