Our 2-day Winter Walking Skills course covers the fundamental hill walking skills required for staying safe in Scotland's mountains during winter.
We'll introduce and practice techniques such as: personal movement to prevent slipping (cramponing, step kicking and cutting); using an ice axe; self-arrests; winter navigation; planning and preparation; snow pack analysis; avalanche avoidance; emergency procedures; and understanding the winter environment.
These skills are coached each day in the context of a mountain journey. Our aim is to help you to gain familiarity with these skills, allowing you to get out into the mountains to practise and consolidate.
This course is mainly practical and based out on the hill.
This two day course will leave you with the confidence and knowledge to go hill walking safely in winter.
(Please note: the weather and snow conditions means the itinerary is subject to change.)
Ice axe, crampon and helmet hire are included in the course fee. If you need to rent winter boots, Cairngorm Mountain Sports are an excellent choice and can be reached on +441479 810903.
Being comfortable and protected from the elements is all about having the right equipment. You can access our recommended equipment list here.
We use the Aviemore youth hostel as our base during winter. It's also a great place to stay. Alternative local accommodation options can be viewed here.
If you are part of a student group or a hill walking club we offer discounted winter skills courses. Please get in touch for more information.
We also run 5 day winter skills.
Please get in touch if you have any questions.