Welcome to Inverness Backcountry Snowsports Club.  

The IBSC aims to be an all round snowsports club for all ages with a particular focus on backcountry skiing, ski touring and other backcountry snowsports. Snowboarders are welcome. A range of activities is organised throughout the skiing season to cater for all abilities. The broad aim of the club is to provide a forum to meet, share interests, enjoy and develop skills in back country, Skiing and Ski Touring and other Snowsports.

We do welcome beginners and we hope that those new learn from those more experienced.  Non-members are welcome to attend up to two meets to see what the Club is all about and after that they should join.  If you are unsure about back country please read New to backcountry article and A day out on the hill.  

Membership cost £23 per year with discounts. 

Our Programme is full of exciting activities which should take us to different places. We also have an active membership who get out on the hills whenever conditions allow.  

IBSC booking policy:

For events with an overnight, you must be a club member. You can come as a guest on other trips. If you reserve a place, particularly a trip with an overnight, you agree to paying the relevant fee. If you don't pay within one week, we remove your place and make it available to others. If you have paid but decide not to come, it's up to you to find a replacement before you get a refund. 

By joining the Inverness Backcountry Snowsports Club you agree to the following:

  • You agree to the club contacting members using the information you provide when joining the Club.
  • You do not object to information you provide being held on computer, web server and membership list (unencrypted) and are willing to have your email address circulated to members, and passed to Snowsport Scotland for purposes of the club's liability insurance. This information will not be passed on to any other organisation.
  • Please note: IBSC does not accept members under 18 years of age. Anyone under that age who comes to a Club event is the sole responsibility of their parents/guardians. 
  • You agree to replace any equipment that you damage on a like for like basis. 
  • You understand and accept that all members and others who attend Club events or meetings do so at their own risk and neither the Club nor its Office-bearers can accept any liability whatsoever for any loss or injury of any kind sustained while engaged in Club activities.

Please note that IBSC does not provide guided trips and each participant is responsible for their own safety. That said, we pool our resources and look out for others. The point is, we all look after ourselves and others with us, learn from each other without taking formal responsibility for others' safety. 

By joining the Inverness Backcountry Snowsports Club you agree to the following:

  • You agree to the club contacting members using the information you provide when joining the Club.
  • You do not object to information you provide being held on computer, web server and membership list (unencrypted) and are willing to have your email address circulated to members, and passed to Snowsport Scotland for purposes of the club's liability insurance. This information will not be passed on to any other organisation.
  • Please note: IBSC does not accept members under 18 years of age. Anyone under that age who comes to a Club event is the sole responsibility of their parents/guardians. 
  • You agree to replace any equipment that you damage on a like for like basis. 
  • You understand and accept that all members and others who attend Club events or meetings do so at their own risk and neither the Club nor its Office-bearers can accept any liability whatsoever for any loss or injury of any kind sustained while engaged in Club activities.

Please note that IBSC does not provide guided trips and each participant is responsible for their own safety. That said, we pool our resources and look out for others. The point is, we all look after ourselves and others with us, learn from each other without taking formal responsibility for others' safety.

The Club policy is that everyone on a trip should have:

  • Transceiver
  • Shovel
  • Probe

These items are available for loan (if you are a member of the club) and available by contacting the Equipment Secretary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

We also strongly suggest that you carry an ice axe and crampons. This is ski mountaineering, not just skiing.  

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the right equipment.

The Club has sets of avalanche gear which can be loaned to members for free subject to the loan policy below. 

The kit is as follows:

  • Ortovox 3+ transceiver
  • Ortovox Beast shovel
  • Ortovox 240 Light PFA probe

To access the equipment please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

We also have six walkie talkie radios.  These are Motorola T80 Extremes. These are available for use by members and are usually taken on the hill on most events. 

 

IBSC Equipment Borrowing Policy

General terms
The rental is offered on first come, first served basis to any club member who paid their annual membership fee. However, booking from a member can be taken unconditionally for up to three uses per season. The members exceeding three uses per season can still borrow club’s equipment but would have to give priority to less frequent users. Members renting equipment for club trips have priority over those renting for private trips.

Booking process
The club member who wishes to book equipment sends their request by email to equipment secretary, who confirms booking accordingly. If no equipment is available the request is added onto a waiting list.

Collection and returns
Members who have been granted equipment borrow are obliged to collect and return it as directed by equipment secretary. In general, the equipment for weekend trips should be collected by Friday night and returned by midweek if possible. On most occasions both collection and return will be at Inverness based location as directed by equipment secretary. The user should return any equipment to the location they picked it up from, within three days after the trip. Should users not follow the Club’s policy, equipment loans may be refused in future.

Cancellations
The members who booked equipment but decided not to attend the trip are obliged to give enough notice prior to the trip so that the equipment could be granted to another member from the waiting list. If they decide not to attend the trip once they have collected the equipment it will be their responsibility to pass it over to the member from the waiting list as directed by equipment secretary.

User’s responsibility

Each member in possession of the club’s equipment takes responsibility for it. Equipment must be returned in the same condition as when it was taken. Battery life in the transceiver upon return should exceed 50%. Each member is solely responsible for ensuring that the equipment is functional and transceiver has enough battery life. It will not be club’s responsibility to change batteries in the transceivers.

Breach of conditions
Any members who do not comply with the above rules, damage or lose equipment, may be declined any further use by the committee decision (majority of votes).

 

   

   
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