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 meeting point
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 2pm on the Wednesday to give everyone plenty of time to travel at the end of the course.
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.
Download a Winter Skills Course Kit List here:
Winter Skills Kit List v2
A selection of the kit that we make available to you, Grivel G10 flexi crampons and DMM Cirque Ice Axes.