Basic Winter Skills

An introduction the the skills required to safely walk in the hills and mountains of the UK under winter conditions

This 2 day 2 night course is designed for those who are competent summer mountain walkers, but who perhaps hang up there boots when the winter snows arrive.

Dates for winter 2018

Are on a bespoke basis, we can arrange dates for yourself or a group anytime between Jan and late March (subject to weather conditions and our availability) Minimum 2 persons required for course to run. Private 1:1 instruction available on request, please contact us to discuss your requirements!

Price: £140.00 per day 1-2 people. £190.00 per day 2-4 people. Minimum 2 days for winter skills courses!

2 nights basic accommodation as arranged with local providers for an extra £20 per night. For late bookings it may not be possible to obtain accommodation at our preferred provider. therefore clients would be expected to source there own accommodation, recommendations can be given if necessary.

If booking as a group of 4 or more, then please contact us for discounts that may be available.


The course is located in and around the mountains of Glencoe or the Northern Cairngorms and runs from the Friday evening to Sunday evening, participants may stay an extra night on the Sunday evening by arrangement with the accommodation providers.

The course includes 2 nights accommodation “by arrangement” with the Glencoe independent hostel, Saturday evening we usually spend at the famous Clachaig Inn, (if based in Glencoe) which has been witness to many a battle between the Scottish clans in years gone by.

During the course we will cover;

Route planning for winter conditions.

Winter weather and forecasts

Navigation over snow covered terrain and in bad visibility.

Avalanche awareness and avoidance.

Equipment and clothing selection for a winter day out.

The correct use of the ice axe and crampons.

Ice axe arrest and self belay.


Using the ice axe to cut steps on steep frozen snow and ice,

Security on steep ground

Day one: arrive at the accommodation in the evening and settle in, followed by introductions to the rest of the group and a briefing on the following 2 days.

Day two: Morning briefing at 08:30 here we cover route planning and Avalanche theory as well as set out the itinerary for the day.

10;00 out onto the mountain concentrating on the navigation aspects of a winter day out. How to correlate features on the map to what’s on the ground, areas and routes that are best avoided. Navigation in snow and bad visibility and how to move over snow covered ground.

Instruction in the correct use of the ice axe, when to use it, how to use it and how to carry it. Ice axe self belay and arrest.

Correct use of crampons and cramponing technique

Weather permitting we may also ascend one of the more major mountains in the area.

Return to accommodation, followed in the evening with a short lecture and the evening meal.


Day 3:

Morning briefing, then straight out onto the hill. Today you will be put what you have learnt into practice during an ascent of one of the more major mountains in the area (weather permitting) such as Ben Nevis, Stob Coire An-Lochan or Buachaille. As well as reinforcing all the aspects of the previous day we may cover additional items such as emergency snow shelters etc. The day should finish by late afternoon, if you wish to stay an extra night then please arrange this with the accommodation providers well in advance.

The exact Itinerary may change to suit the weather and conditions but all the aspects will be covered at some point during the course.  

Please read the booking terms and conditions from the home page before confirming your booking.

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