Join Ellis Brigham and Blair Aitken from British Backcountry for a DiSCOVER BACKCOUNTRY indoor session at the SnowDome, Tamworth on 10th November to become more familiar with touring and the equipment used.

During the session Blair will give you tips and techniques that will help you master skinning (including kick turns); learn the theory of terrain choice and avalanche awareness; practice transceiver searches; and he will coach you on your downhill ski performance.

Venue and Dates:

SnowDome, Tamworth
10th November- 7.30am – 12:30pm


You will need to be confident skiing the main slope (you should be able to ski hard red run in-resort with ease). If you have not skied for a while it is recommended that you try and visit the centre prior to booking onto the course.


If you have your own ski touring equipment please bring it. Touring skis and skins can be provided, if you require skis then we will need to know your ski boot sole length – please enter your details when prompted at time of booking. Avalanche safety equipment will be supplied.


£74 (plus booking fee) per person including ski touring and avalanche equipment, coaching and lift pass, maximum 10 in a group.

You will also need to bring warm ski clothes, gloves and a helmet (helmets are a slope requirement and can be borrowed via the slope rental department if required)

Please aim to arrive by 7:30am, we will be starting promptly with the skinning/uphill element first.

Here is the itinerary for the morning:

7.45. 30mins: Meet outside the Ellis Brigham Store for introductions, to select kit and familiarise yourself with the ski touring equipment. Kit set up will take place in the rental area at 8am.

8.15. 45min: Master skinning technique (including kick turns) – on snow.

9.00. 1 hour: Brief video feedback, learn the theory of terrain choice and avalanche awareness – off snow, in bar/seated area.

10.00. 1 hour: Practice avalanche transceiver searches – off snow, outside.

11.00. 1.5 hours: Coaching tips on your downhill ski performance – on snow.

12.30. 30mins: Video feedback – off snow.

Touring boots are preferable, though for the sake of this course normal alpine boots will suffice. We have a very limited number of touring boots that, if required, we can lend for the course by prior arrangement - when you register you will be asked if you wish to borrow equipment for the course. Please contact us by emailing should you require any further information.

About Blair Aitken

Blair  Aitken

Blair is an internationally qualified ski instructor and race coach, Mountain Leader, Mountain Bike Leader and European Mountain Security qualified off piste ski-touring guide. He has spent more than a decade in The Alps, running ski instructor courses and assessments for the British Association of Snowsports Instructors, as well as growing the successful New Generation Ski & Snowboard School in Val d'Isère.

Blair is an experienced ski-mountaineer and former alpine national champion who has been backcountry skiing in Scotland since the mid-nineties. He is actively involved in promoting ski-touring amongst British skiers through his British Backcountry Facebook group and the short films that he makes.

Posted by: Andy J