Alpine Skiing Course
Our alpine skiing courses cater for people at all levels of ability and experience. We aim to promote this fantastic sport and give you a first class experience whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced. Our instructors are all BASI/ Snowsport Scotland qualified coaches who will help you reach your full potential in this fantastic sport.
Before choosing a course, have a look at the table below to identify which course best suits your needs.
|Level||Ability||What to Expect||Goal|
|It's your first time. You have never skied before. Or you have tried it once, but not quite got your snowplough. Or maybe you've done a taster session but just want to start again||Getting to grips with the basics. You will learn how to clip in, slide around on the flat, side-step, straight run and get to grips with the snowplough||By the end of the session we hope you will be comfortable with your equipment. You should also be able to slow down, glide to stop using a snowplough|
|You have done some skiing before, you can hold a good snowplough and control your speed. You have achieved all the goals of the Level 1 session||You will start by checking your snowplough and ensuring you can control your speed. The session will quickly move on to turning and controlling your direction. here you will be perfecting your turns and start to feel the flow.||By the end of the session you should be able to link your turns, be introduced to the ski tow and feel confident controlling your speed and direction. You will be starting on the path of plough-parallel|
|You can comfortably control your speed, link your turns on a green run and have started with plough-parallel turns||You will start on a green piste, getting straight back into turning and controlling your speed. From here you will be developing your steering ability and starting to experiment with the shape and size of your turns. Once comfortable you will be working on turning those plough turns to parallel||By the end of the session we hope you feel more comfortable with your parallel turns and have started to learn the appropriate techniques to deal with the increasing terrain. You will have a good grasp of the plough-parallel turn and close to paralleling|
|You can parallel turn on green runs but still plough-parallel on blues||You will continue refining your technique and perfect your parallel turns. You will be exploring more of the mountain. The session will include dealing with steeper/red runs||By the end of the session you will hopefully be parallel skiing confidently. You will also hopefully become more confident all over the mountain, tackling some red runs and different terrain/snow conditions|
|You can ski on most runs, you are confident on reds and maybe done a few blacks. You now want to explore more aspects of skiing, such as off-piste, carving, skiing variable conditions and maybe even venture into the terrain park||At this level we only offer private lessons as they can be better geared to the need of the individual. For this reason you can expect 100% of the instructor's time dedicated to you and your specific goals.||Whatever you want it to be.|
Equipment and Kit Information
Ancrum Centre will provide you with all equipment required when booking on any of our Ski courses. This includes skis, boots, poles, helmet and a full clothing set which includes ski jacket, salopettes, goggles and gloves. Customers are very welcome to use their own equipment and our staff are on hand to give you advice on suitability where required.
We do provide a ski/board repair service at the Centre if you want to get your equipment checked over by one of our highly qualified Ski Technicians. More details can be found at servicing section http://www.ancrum.com/ski-and-snowboard-servicing-pricing-structure.
We recommend that you wear a couple of thin base layer tops and leggings/ joggers, light weight outdoor trousers. Please do not wear jeans as they become very restrictive when wet and cold.
Transport / Travel / Daily Schedule
Our courses include return transport from Ancrum Centre to Glenshee in one of our fleet minibuses. Customers should arrive at Ancrum Centre for 8am for an expected arrival at the Ski resort for 10.00am. When you arrive at the Ski Centre, your instructor will issue kit to everyone and the group will make their way to ticket office where day tickets will be purchased and any toilet stop can be made prior to lesson. The lesson with your instructor will be for up to 3 hrs which will take you up to lunch time at around 1pm. You will then have a free ski time to do what you want for the afternoon period. All participants must return to the minibus for 3.45pm at the latest for departure and return to Ancrum Centre for around 5pm. The times outlined are our normal operating guidelines but may change depending on unforeseen circumstances.