about snowgoose mountain centre

Snowgoose Mountain Centre & the associated accommodation have been run by John & Tina Cuthbertson for the past 30 odd years. We are passionate and committed to passing on our unrivalled knowledge of the outdoors, climbing and paddling skills – as well as teaching folks to independently look after themselves – and others properly in the outdoors.

The Ben Nevis & Glencoe areas are definitely our home patch as this has been our home for the past 35 years! We actually live here and so have long standing and detailed knowledge of our local mountains, rivers, lochs and coast in Northwest Scotland.

John is a highly experienced and qualified mountain and paddlesports instructor who offers guiding services, adventure activity holidays & courses with skills based instruction in canoeing, kayaking, sailing and mountain walking holidays. Winter climbing courses, mountain guides for Ben Nevis and wilderness expeditions are highly acclaimed by our students through his inspirational outdoor skills training … an unique sense of humour.

Nearly all of our courses are run personally by John himself specialising in skills based outdoor activities. He is a long standing holder of the MIC (Mountaineering Instructors Certificate), the highest level of mountaineering qualification for the UK, Level 3 Coach Kayak and Open Canoe with considerable sea kayaking,  5 star white water and dinghy sailing experience. In his “spare” time John skis and has worked over a number years as part time ski instructor at Nevis Range.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In a former life John was an active member of RAF Mountain Rescue for 15 years with MR deployments to the Trucial Oman States (Desert Rescue), Singapore & Malaysia ( Jungle Rescue), Kenya, Cyprus, Germany, North Africa, Iran and Iraq … as well as personally climbing & walking all over the UK, Norway and the Alps. After leaving the RAF John worked for Outward Bound Moray Sea School at Burghead as Head of Mountaineering before transferring to Outward Bound Locheil. From 1977 John’s main occupation was sailing & yacht charter from our base at the developed former goods yard at Corpach.

In 1990 John – helped by our two sons – replaced the original “butt n’ ben” with a new building comprising the Smiddy bunkhouse accommodation along with three self catering apartments. The adventure activity part of the business was located to a new on site building in 1999.

Tina Cuthbertson now runs the office, booking service and web site for the business. She has her own unique long standing background in outdoor education and adventure tourism. She used to take John climbing and taught him to paddle!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         We have grown up two sons who were brought up in the area but who are more sensibly employed with proper jobs – one as a U K based geologist, the other now living and working in New Zealand.
Snowgoose Mountain Centre is a AALS licensed centre ( L11006 /RO565) and a Duke of Edinburgh Award AAP (Approved Activity Provider) for expeditions by on foot, canoe & kayak plus residential courses. John is a DofE Accredited Supervisor and Assessor to Gold Level.
Additional Facilities : | Over the years we have added a fully equipped meeting / lecture room which accommodates up to 12 persons – both for our own clients and visiting groups. There is a much needed canoe & kayak storage area plus a lockable bike store. There are 2 efficient drying rooms and laundry facility.