The ultimate winter skills course to develop your mountain skills this winter. Year in year out, this is our most popular choice. On the 5 day course, we aim to provide you with experience of using all of the winter skills required for Ice Axe and Crampon use, Winter Navigation, Avalanche Awareness and Avoidance, building Emergency Shelters and Route Planning in the winter mountains. The practical hill days are backed up with off the hill de-briefs of focused activities such as route planning or discussing theory elements of the course.
This course really suits the summer hill-walker who has spent little or no time in the mountains in winter practicing the above skills. This course covers all of the essentials and allows course participants to follow up these skills with mountain days to consolidate the experience.
Our winter courses are based from the the town of Aviemore where we recommend you find some local accommodation - We often use Aviemore YHA as a base so this is a good option, though you are equally welcome to find your own accommodation in the town if they are full.
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.
Free Ice Axe and Crampon Hire now on all Winter Skills Courses
Be sure to book early to avoid disappointment. Be in touch about trimming this course down to 3 or 4 days as we can often give you a discounted rate if you cannot attend all days.
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.