Backcountry Adventures

I don’t think I really thought we would ski the Back Corrie at Nevis Range together as a family for a number of years. It’s a pretty serious place to ski and for most of the year its really classed as back country skiing under limited patrol, the conditions can vary a lot. However towards the end of the season when the snow switches to spring snow (that’s when its wet and soft when the temperature rises above freezing) it can often be more accessible and friendly.

Backcountry Adventures

The kids have been very lucky and skied loads this winter, the season has been amazing. Coupled with having lessons and lots of time on the slopes the boys developed a good solid skiing technique. They have also become more and more aware of the ‘Back Corrie’ and keep asking when they might have a go.

Well the last day of skiing before we went back to school after Easter we cajoled the terrible two into agreeing to ski for one last time. They were very unenthusiastic on the slopes and we could see a mutiny coming. I decided to pop off over the back and see what it was like. The snow was soft spring snow and the drop in over the ridge was not too bad. So we decided to see if the boys were up for a Backcountry adventure. They were immediately very excited. At the top we talked them through dropping in and controlling their speed, which they had been practicing on the slopes and what they should do if they lost an edge.

Matt went down first and the two kids followed with perfect control and then proceeded to ski all the way down with no problem at all, in fact their lazy technique from earlier on had disappeared as they now had to concentrate.

There are many moments which will stay with you for the rest of your life as a parent and this was certainly one of mine. I was totally proud of them both and my anxiety disappeared as I watched them ski with confidence down the steep ground into a truly wild and spectacular place.

We thought this might be enough for the day but they asked if they could have a go up the Warrens T bar lift which often doesn’t run and leads back up to a section of the Back Corrie. It’s quite a steep lift but they actually managed it well and then we descended another steep line off the back which is often not in condition. That’s a lot of skiing for two little boys!

What a day to end the season. The boys however thought the best part was Warrens T bar and I suspect that’s what they went to school on Monday chattering about!

As for the rest of the day, well we bought lemon muffins and went home to sit in the sunshine and drink tea. Not quite French après ski but it’s the best we have up here! So let’s hope the next season is as good as this, there will be no telling what our adventures will be.

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Jennie Abell

Jennie Abell

About Me & Mine

We are Jennie, Matt, Finlay, Torrin and a whole extra family of fluffy animals some of whom join us on our adventures.

Favourite place in the world:

We have many favourite places but I think the one that tops them all is our recent discovery of the Singing Sands on the West Coast Scotland.  Truly beautiful.

Favourite things to do outdoors:

Canoeing, skiing, all sorts really, but best of all drinking coffee while sitting in the garden in our hammock.

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