With the highest peaks in the UK towering above you Lochaber is the perfect place to experience this fast-growing sport.
Being able to escape the ski piste and explore secluded slopes makes it easy to find peace, adventure and excitement. Modern ski mountaineering equipment lets you travel up hills, along flat plateaux and down the steepest slopes.
To climb up hills, the heel binding is released to allow the boot to hinge at the toe. Then gripping skins are stuck to the bases of the skis to provide traction. Once you master the knack of a rhythmical gliding walk, uphill travel becomes relatively easy. Before you know it you are at the summit and are now a ski mountaineer! Then remove the skins and fix the heels down – this turns your skis into modern Alpine downhill skis ready for the thrill of the descent!
Where and when can I ski?
Snow regularly covers the hills down to very low altitudes in Lochaber but often with little warning. If there is a good cover down to the road you can traverse whole ranges of hills without ever taking your skis off. There are some very high access points in Lochaber that makes it easy to reach the snowline. If snow is restricted to the tops the two local ski areas, Glencoe and Nevis Range, give easy access to the summits. Whatever the snow conditions you’re guaranteed to find wide open spaces with nobody else there to carve up the snow except you.
Skimo is competitive Ski Mountaineering, two of the five races in the Scottish Series of Skimo Scotland are held in the Outdoor Capital of the UK annually. In 2015 you will see the Mountain Hardware Glencoe Mountain and Macpac Nevis Range Descent during the 2015 Fort William Mountain Festival.
Rockhopper Sea Kayaking is a fully mobile provider of guided sea kayaking trips and sea kayaking instruction based near Fort William on the West Coast of Scotland.
So what is No Fuss all about? Well basically we love the outdoors, we love events and the fun, camaraderie and craic. We have tried to strip back some of the rules and regulations involved with sport that can be a wee bit off putting at times.
Looking for adventure? There’s no experience needed to climb the trees, jump from 11m or slide down the 100m zip at High Wire Adventure! Book in advance now. Minimum heights apply.
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