Individuals who become addicted to ski mountaineering in Scotland would claim that this combination of skiing and winter mountain walking brings added interest, enjoyment and excitement to both sports.

During this coming winter season, Di Gilbert Mountaineering will be providing introductory courses in ski touring/mountaineering.

These are courses aimed specifically at individuals who would like to know what is involved in the sport.

The courses last 2 days and are normally run over a weekend.

Please contact Di Gilbert directly if you have any questions, if you are unsure if this course is suitable for you or any other enquiries.


The introduction to ski mountaineering courses are based in the Cairngorms, the conditions having the final say.

Who can come

This course is aimed at people who would like to know what is involved in the sport. You should be able to ski in control in a groomed area on red runs, have some experience of skiing off piste and you should be able to cope with a winter mountain walking day.

Why will it help me

You will be introduced to many skills associated with ski mountaineering, combining your piste skiing skills and mountain walking experience. By attending the course, Di will help you learn specific skills related to travel over mountain terrain on ski's.

How do I apply

Complete one of our online booking forms.

Once you receive confirmation from Di you will be sent final details.


Di Gilbert no longer advertises specific dates. Please contact us direct to arrange a suitable date.


£240.00 per person. This course requires a minimum of 2 people to run.

This price is for instruction only.

Please contact us for a group rate.


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What will we look at

During the 2 days we will cover skills such as:

  • basic technical equipment
  • ice axe and crampon techniques
  • skinning techniques
  • kick turns
  • ski cramponing
  • avalanche awareness
  • safe route choice
  • decision making

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“... I always look forward to our days on the hill together. I look forward to them for 2 reasons. The first is that whilst looking at the snow in front she seems to have eyes in the back of her head and keep an eye on me too! Secondly, I know that we’ll be smiling whatever the conditions throw at us!”
Alison Thacker, Off Piste Performance (Chamonix)

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