Winter Skills Courses

The Scottish mountains in winter transform into magical snow covered peaks. They can also offer some very challenging conditions to test the skills of the most experienced of hill walkers. Let us help you acquire the skills to enjoy the mountains in winter.

We offer 1, 2, or 3 day Winter Skills Courses based in the stunning West Highlands.  We make sure these courses are tailored to our individual groups rather than have them ‘off the shelf’!

These courses are great for those who want to move towards being independent in the Winter mountains and who have some experience of hill walking in Summer.

Winter Skills on the North Face of Ben Nevis

During these courses, there are various core topics we tend to cover duing the days that include:

Avalanche Awareness using the Be Avalanche Aware‘ Process. This includes weather forecast and avalanche forecast interpretation and how to plan a day out in the Winter Mountains.

Movement on snow and ice:

Use of the Winter boot as a tool- kicking steps

Using an Ice Axe- including self arrest and self belay

Use of Crampons- French/Flat Footing, Front Pointing, Hybrid

The best classroom we have by far is the mountain environment and on our 2 or 3 day courses, as well as some hard skills, we also aim to tackle the most challenging aspect of being in the mountains in Winter-  decision making.

Route choice, when and where to put crampons on, get the axe out and navigation are all part and parcel of a Winter day out and as much as possible, we’ll get you out there making these decisions whilst having an experienced Mountain Professional to coach you through this process. We also  aim to make these courses as fun and enjoyable as possible too!

Is this for me?

You should have some experience of summer hill walking.

The Winter environment can be quite demanding so a good level of fitness is recommended.

Ratios- up to 1:6

Larger groups please contact us for prices


No. of people1 day Winter Skills2 Day Winter Skills3 Day Winter Skills

What’s included

  • Qualified and Experienced Winter Mountain Leader
  • Hire of ice axe and crampons
  • Action photos of your course!

What’s not included

  • Boot hire
  • Personal Kit
  • Gondola Ticket (if Aonach Mor is used as a venue)
  • Travel/Accommodation/Meals
  • Cancellation/Personal Injury Insurance

Enquire Now about Winter Skills Courses

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