Winter Skills Course (Weekend)

A two day Winter Skills Course in the Cairngorms covering the essential skills


There is nothing more spectacular than the Scottish Highlands in winter but they can be intimidating without the proper skills. Over the course of a full and adventure packed weekend you will learn the essential skills to allow you to venture into the snow covered mountains safely, efficiently and confidently.

Winter Skills Course (Weekend)

Price : £215.00 per person

Location : Aviemore

Duration : 2 Days

Ratio : 1:6

Minimum age : 18

What's Included :
  • Expert tuition
  • Free ice axe and crampon hire
  • Loan of all required maps

Share Course :


  • Navigate the beautiful Scottish mountains
  • Become proficient with an ice axe and crampons
  • Learn avalanche avoidance

Course Overview

Our popular Winter Skills Weekend is the perfect quick hit. During the course we aim to provide you with essential winter hill-walking skills including the use of crampons and an ice axe, winter navigation, avalanche awareness, emergency procedures and understanding the winter environment. The course is ideal for anyone looking to get stuck into winter hill-walking for the first time.

Each day you will take part in a mountain journey where the skills will be introduced and practised in context. As your understanding grows your instructor will give guidance and encouragement to further refine your new found abilities. Our aim is to help you to gain familiarity with these skills, giving you the confidence to get out into the mountains independently to further practise and consolidate.

Complimentary crampon and ice axe hire is included.

Our winter courses are based from 'The Hub' in Aviemore, we recommend you find accommodation in this area. Lots of customers use Aviemore YHA which is a good option but there are many other options nearby.

Course Outcomes

  • Learn how to use crampons and ice axes
  • Develop avalanche awareness
  • Self-arrests
  • Improve your winter navigation skills
  • Emergency procedures
  • Become independent in the mountains
  • Better understand the winter environment

Course Information


08:45 - 16:30

Your instructor will greet you and check everyone has the required equipment for the weekend before explaining the objective and goals for the day.

You'll to check that your rucksack is suitably packed ready for what the weather may throw at you. If you have requested Ice Axe and Crampons, we will have them available. You will also be issued with the appropriate maps for the day's objective.

The exact location will depend on the weather and the aims and abilities of the group. Very often we would head up to the Cairngorm Ski Area, where we can drive high enough to access good snow conditions.

Our winter days are a combination of workshop-style activities along with enjoying a day out in the mountains. It will be based on real life scenarios and as a team you will get to enjoy several amazing days out as you explore the highlands, learning essential skills on the way.

Once we are off the hill we have an informal debrief. We summarise the key learning points from the day's adventure, discuss your progress so far and set some personalised development targets for day two.

We will provide you with a complete kit list upon booking but the key points are:

  • All your usual summer hill-walking equipment
  • Stiff soled, crampon compatible boots, at least B2 rated (these can be hired locally if required)
  • Walking ice axe and crampons (complimentary hire available if required)
  • Helmet (provided)
Summer hill-walking experience

  • As a Certified B Corp, we’re one of a growing number of global businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance.
  • We encourage car sharing and the use of Public Transport wherever feasible.
  • We offer free camping kit for guests looking to cut down on luggage.
  • Our staff are trained to prolong the life of equipment used on this course, where it is possible to recycle equipment at the end of its life, we do so appropriately.
  • We operate in small teams at low ratios to reduce our impact on the venues we use and other countryside users.
  • We donate 5% of the value of all sales to The Pure Outdoor Foundation.


Start time: 09:00 - Finish time: . Please note, these times are approximate and could be subject to minor changes. Please leave plenty of time when booking public transport.

There are currently no course dates listed for this course, please contact us if you are interested and we can let you know when dates will be published.

Our instructors can be booked privately to deliver this course. Benefit from private tuition, pick a date that suits you and your instructor can design the day to suit your needs. You can hire one of our instructors from just £240 inc vat per day. (Click here to book a private course)