activities> cairngorms winter skills courses > Winter Skills Course (Weekend)
£179.00 per person

Location: Aviemore

Duration: 2 Days

Ratio: 1:6

What you get:

  • Free Ice Axe and Crampon Hire
  • Expert Tuition

Winter Skills Course (Weekend)

There is nothing more spectacular than the Scottish Highlands in winter. Venturing into their heart safely, efficiently and confidently is the purpose of this full and adventure filled weekend course. Ice Axe sharpening isn't part of the course but we are sure you will be doing it on an annual basis.

  • What happens in a Whiteout? Navigate the beautiful Scottish Mountains 
  • Become proficient with an Ice Axe and Crampons
  • Dig a Snow Hole and learn Avalanche Avoidance
Course Overview

Our popular Winter Skills Weekend is the perfect quick hit, during the course we aim to provide you with the essential winter hillwalking skills including personal movement to prevent slipping (using crampons), using an ice axe, winter navigation, avalanche avoidance, emergency procedures and understanding the winter environment. The course is ideal for anyone looking to get stuck into winter hillwalking for the first time. Complimentary Ice Axe and Crampon hire is offered on all courses.

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.   

Our winter courses are based from 'The Hub' in Aviemore, where we recommend you find some local accommodation. Lots of customers use Aviemore YHA as a base so this is a good option, though you are welcome to find your own accommodation anywhere locally. 

Course Outcomes
  • Learn how to use crampons & ice axes
  • Develop avalanche awareness
  • Self-arrests
  • Improve your navigation skills
  • Emergency procedures
  • Become independent in the mountains
  • Understand the winter environment better
Course Information

08:45 - 16:30

An ideal opportunity to meet your instructor and finalise any equipment requirements for the weekend before drawing up a great objective and heading out for the day. 

You'll need to maps and 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.

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 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.

As we migrate from summer to winter it is worth thinking about what additional equipment you will need. Along with the usual summer hill-walking equipment, you will require stiff soled mountaineering boots (at least B2 rated) these can be hired locally but most people choose to buy a pair. You will need a walking Ice Axe and Crampons for this course, crampons must fit your boot well. Helmets will be required for some of the days and will be provided. If you need to hire any equipment, please let us know. This course is currently under a promotion offering complimentary hire of Ice Axe and Crampons. We have a kit list that will be sent to you upon booking.
Summer Hillwalking experience
Start time: 09:00 - Finish time:16:30. Please note, these times areapproximate and could be subject to minor changes. Please leave plenty of time when bookingpublic transport.
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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 £199 per day. Click here to book a private course.