The snow has arrived in the Highlands of Scotland and many people will be looking forward to Scotland’s ski resorts opening. For other skiers, it’s the allure of the amazing back country possibilities that have them looking out their skis, boots and poles from the attic. Ski touring is one of the fastest growing winter sports in Scotland and it’s easy to see the appeal.
Our wide open landscapes, with a superb range of both lower level and higher altitude possibilities, are easily accessed and offer plentiful routes for ski touring. Ski touring gives oyu the ability to “walk” uphill with skis that are fitted with “skins”. Skins stop the skis from sliding backwards. Ski boots unclip at the heel so you can walk/slide with ease.
Then, when you reach a downhill section, you “unskin”, clip in the heels and ski as normal.
I enjoyed a Cairngorms Ski Tour some years ago. Last year I invested in a set of touring skis and boots and headed to a gully at the back of Aonach Mor. Next year, we hope to ski tour in the Teton Mountains as part of an American ski trip.
To find out more about ski touring hire and guiding in Scotland check out these sites: