Introduction to Winter Skills

Aviemore, Caingorms National Park
2 days
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Course Overview

This course is the ideal place to start if you haven’t been hill walking in winter before and over the two days you’ll get to go on some great mountain journeys and learn lots with one of our highly qualified and experienced instructors. We deliver this course at a low client to instructor ratio (4:1) so that the content can easily be tailored to your ability and aspirations which will enable you to progress your skills safely and swiftly.

Course Price

£195 per person. Ice axes and crampons are provided free of charge.

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If you’d prefer a five day course then why not take a look at our Winter Skills Week.

  • Course Dates


    Sat 19th- Sun 20th



    Sat 9th – Sun 10th

    Sat 23rd – Sun 24th



    Sat 9th – Sun 10th


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  • Course Location

    This course is based out Aviemore, in the Scottish Highlands. From this location we are ideally placed to take advantage of the wide selection of superb mountain areas available throughout the Cairngorms National Park.

  • Course Content

    This course is designed to give you the skills to independently go walking in the British mountains in winter conditions and as such the following core skills and topics are covered:


    • Ice Axe and Crampon Use
    • Ice Axe Arrest/Braking
    • Equipment Selection
    • Winter Navigation
    • Avalanche Awareness and Avoidance
    • Route Planning
    • Emergency Snow Shelters
  • Course Ratio

    We deliver this course at a maximum ratio of one instructor to four clients. This enables us to easily tailor the course to your ability and aspirations and ensures that you will receive a large amount of individual input from your instructor so that you can develop your skills swiftly and safely.

  • Previous Experience Required

    Previous summer hill walking experience. Please be prepared for being on the hill for 6-8 hours each day, not all of this time will be spent walking, or journeying, as we will stop from time to time to introduce and workshop various skills with you.

  • Accommodation (not included)

    We don’t provide accommodation on our courses as some of our clients would like to stay in luxury accommodation, some in B&B’s, some in bunkhouses and some like to camp. Therefore, we feel our clients benefit from being able choose the accommodation they personally prefer in relation to their budget.


    We are more than happy to recommend places to stay therefore after completion of your booking you will receive a course information pack which will contain further information about your course and a selection of local accommodation options.

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