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Pre-Season backcountry Gathering

Posted by on 8th March, 2018

Welcome to the 5th Pre-Season Backcountry Gathering – Sat 11 Nov 2017

Whether you’re just starting to access off piste and back country terrain, wondering how to do it better – and safer, or perhaps planning your next big adventure, this is your chance to meet like minded individuals. We’re bringing together a group of well informed and inspirational presenters to informally share, inform and update you. Workshops, designed for individuals to learn and refresh skills, will run in the afternoon, and you’ll be able to try out a whole pile of new and different gear.

We’re holding the price at £15 per person. In addition to the great craic, speakers and workshops, this includes your welcome tea/coffee and breakfast roll as well as your lunch. Vegetarian options are available and this can be chosen you book. The planned venue is the Snowgoose Restaurant & Bar, and a complimentary (return) gondola trip will also be included; the alternative venue is the Pinemarten Cafe bar at the base station.

We’re supporting …

All proceeds from the 2017 raffle will go towards Lochaber MRT and SARDA. Your Gathering ticket will include a raffle ticket, and more will be on sale throughout the day. PRIZES include … beanies, T shirts, rucksacs, places on courses.

Exhibiting & Supporting

We’re delighted to welcome Lonely Mountain Skis, Crankitupgear, Ellis Brigham, Mountain Boot Company, who will be joining us this year.

Thank you to BASP, Snowshepherd, SAIS, Glenmore Lodge, Offpiste Performance and Mountain Motion who are supporting the event this year.



09:00 Gondola open

09:15 Arrival and registration – coffee, bacon/egg rolls on arrival included in price

10:00 Welcome and Introduction


  • Getting the best out of the Nevis Range Back Corries – Rich Bentley (Mountain Motion)
  • Off Piste Ski Technique – Gillian Parker (Off Piste Performance)
  • Ropework for Skiers, Managing Steep Terrain – Dave Hollinger (Glenmore Lodge)
  • Avalanche Evaluation, Decision Making and Tips – Mark Diggins (SAIS)
  • Split Boarding in Scotland – Craig Burry (Scottish Backcountry)

12:45 Lunch – included in price

13:15/30 WORKSHOPS
The hands-on, need-to-know stuff, sign up for your choices of workshop on the day. Each workshop will be delivered twice at around 13:15-14:30 and then again at 14:45-15:45.

  • Transceivers – (Nevis Range Ski Patrol)
  • Ropework – Dave
  • Navigation
  • Off Piste Touring Equipment – Rich Bentley (Mountain Motion) & Gillian Parker (Off Piste Performance)
  • Avalanche Planning


  • Off Piste in Norway – James Thacker (Off Piste Performance)
  • The Wapta Traverse, Canadian Rockies – Roger Wild

18:00 End of formal Gathering

19:30 Warren Miller Film

The price of the Warren Miller film is not included in the Gathering price of £15. However, it is available as an add on for £7 per person when you book your Gathering ticker OR you can buy your tickets from the Official UK Warren Miller 2016/17 Film Tour website.

As always … this schedule is draft and timings are subject to change