Exploring The Scottish Backcountry
Thursday 26th November 8pm (UK time)
Tune in live as we team up with Atomic to chat to 2 of the UK’s most experienced Backcountry Skiers – Gavin Carruthers and Blair Aitken.
With over 20 years of off piste skiing experience in Scotland between them the 2 friends operate British Backcountry which offers skill courses, journeying days, gully skiing coaching, Ben Nevis ski trips and bike and ski adventures.
The pair run courses in France and Scotland but it's in Scotland where they feel the strongest affinity with its remarkable ski touring opportunities. Gav & Blair will chat about what makes Scotland so special, why Backcountry skiing is becoming so popular and reveal some of their favourite places to explore.
The event will be live on Zoom (register below so that you can get involved with the conversation live) and on Facebook from 8pm (UK time) on the 26th November.
About Gavin Carruthers - Gavin Carruthers is an internationally qualified ski instructor and race coach, Mountain Leader, Mountain Bike Leader and European Mountain Security qualified off-piste ski-touring instructor. He has spent more than a twenty years coaching young ski racers and has inspired many a skier onto National ski teams and working full time in the mountains. Gavin is an experienced ski-mountaineer, former national race champion, freestyle and free ride competitor and has made some first descents in Scotland. Gavin has worked with Glenmore Lodge and British Backcountry over the last few years delivering ski touring courses
About Blair Aitken - Blair Aitken is an internationally qualified ski instructor and race coach, Mountan Leader, Mountain Bike Leader and European Mountain Security qualified for ski touring. He has spent more than a decade in the Alpes, 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'Isére. He continues to instruct and lead off piste skiing in Chamonix, Val d'Isére and Avoriaz, but now spends most of his time in Scotland.