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

Location: Aviemore

Duration: 2 Days

Ratio: 1:6

Prices include:

  • Free Ice Axe and Crampon Hire
  • 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
Our popular Winter Skills Weekend is the perfect quick hit, we aim to provide you with experience of using all of the skills required for Ice Axe and Crampon use, Winter Navigation and Avalanche Awareness and Avoidance. We will combine the training of these skills with some great days out on in the Cairngorms. This course will suit anyone looking to get stuck into winter hillwalking for the first time. We now offer complimentary Ice Axe and Crampon hire on all courses.

The key difference between the 2 day and 5 day course is there's obviously not as much time available to consolidate the skills and most participants find it useful to follow up this course by spending some time practicing the key skills under their own steam as soon as they can after the course is finished. 

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. 

 Free Ice Axe and Crampon Hire now on all Winter Skills Courses Course 

Travel Information:
We will be meeting at 'The Hub' in Aviemore on the Saturday morning. Click here for google map location of the meeting point. 

Meeting place postcode: PH22 1WD 

Course start time We meet at 08:45am and we aim to finish the course by 4.30pm on the Sunday.
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
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.
Summer Hillwalking experience
Start time: 09:00 - Finish time: 16:30. Please note, these times are approximate and could be subject to minor changes. Please leave plenty of time when booking public transport.
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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.