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Snow sports touring: find out more


Mountaineering Scotland runs a weekend training course each winter aimed at those members who commonly take the role of leader within a group, either as part of a club meet or when out with their peers. See here for details of our next snow sports touring weekend.

There is a strong tradition of skiing at Glenmore Lodge, which offers a range of courses in ski-touring and off piste skiing, from introductory to advanced level.

Find out more about Glenmore Lodge's wild skiing courses.

Join a club

If you are looking for like-minded people to get out with and share your adventures, there are several clubs affiliated to Mountaineering Scotland who encourage and support snow sports touring.


The following books and website may help you with your planning:

  • Ski Mountaineering in Scotland by Bennet & Wallace SMC ISBN -907521-20-7. This book was published in 1987 and is now very dated, but a new edition has been rumoured.
  • Scottish Off-piste Skiing & Snowboarding, Nevis Range & Ben Nevis by Kenny Biggin ISBN 978-0-9926065-0-30. A guide to skiing and snowboarding off-piste, steep skiing, and ski mountaineering.

Online resources

Scottish Mountaineer, the magazine for Mountaineering Scotland members, carried articles about snowsports touring in the season, and we have republished several from the archives below.

Midweek skiing - Alistair Todd looks at the joys of being able to ski when the conditions are best rather than just when the weekend comes.

Uphill skiing - David Nichol from Glasgow Ski Touring Club takes a look at the technical kit needed for nordic skiing. From 2015.

All the winds of Norway - Brent MacGregor described the joys of skiing in the Tafjordfjella area of Norway.

Seize the day - carefully - Heather Morning looks at the combination of opportunism and planning needed by Scottish ski mountaineers.

Photo by Heather Morning