Winter Skills Scotland

Our two day winter skills courses in Scotland are normally based around Cairngorm and the Northern Corries near Aviemore. These are fantastic courses for immersing yourself in the winter environment but the Scottish mountains can also be challenging places where you can regularly encounter freezing temperatures, strong winds and near zero visibility!

Venturing out during winter brings different challenges to summer conditions and where the physical demands are greater. We will show you how to plan a winter's journey, what to wear and carry and how to navigate in winter whilst choosing safe routes. We will cover the use of crampons, ice axe and how to select winter clothing and equipment. You will learn about planning a winter walk, winter weather, and develop a good awareness of winter conditions and how they affect walkers on the mountains. Avalanche awareness will be a constant theme both in theory and practise. By the end of the course you will feel confident to have your own winter adventures!

Here's what Nick from England thought of the Scotland Winter Skills Course:

"Just completed a brilliant winter skills course with Stephen (Jones) in the Cairngorm mountains. Despite some varied and, at times, extreme weather (e.g. 70mph winds), we managed to get out on the mountain everyday and learn a lot. We stretched ourselves and had a very enjoyable and rewarding time. I cannot commend Stephen highly enough for his leadership - he finds a perfect balance between safety, teaching, enjoyment - and the manner and style with which he enables us to learn is truly excellent. Looking forward to doing further courses with Stephen"

Winter Skills Scotland

Suitable For

  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Groups
  • Regular summer mountain walkers

Course Includes

  • In Course Transport
  • Kit list and friendly advice
  • Group safety equipment
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • All technical equipment
  • Qualified, insured and experienced instructor

Course Summary


Required Fitness

Course Length

2 day

Course Price


Course Ratio


Time Required

2 days


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Course Dates

Date Course Price

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Course Description

This 2 day course is for INSTRUCTION only and does NOT include any accommodation, meals or transport. You will need your own winter boots.
Hire of helmet, crampons and ice axe is included as well as in - course transport such as from our daily meeting point in the village of Aviemore up to the ski centre and back.

Please contact us if our course dates don't match your availability as we often arrange alternative dates or bespoke courses to reflect the current weather conditions.

Please contact us for advice if you are unsure.

A reasonable level of fitness is required for this course and you should have experience of summer mountain walking.

Note: All our staff are qualified, insured, experienced and hold current first aid qualifications.

Course Schedule


  1. Meet and greet
  2. Discuss how to plan a winter mountain journey including winter weather and avalanche awareness.
  3. Discuss equipment, clothing, correct fitting of crampons, introduction to ice axe and safety equipment for personal use.
  4. A journey into the winter mountain environment to put theory into practise and learn safe movement skills.
  5. Introduction to winter navigation, hazard identification and management, use of key points along the journey and safe route choice.
  6. Return for debrief and day 1 finishes around 5pm


  1. Plan a winter mountain journey as a group including the use of winter weather forecasts and interpretation of avalanche forecasts.
  2. Develop movement skills including on steeper ground and mixed terrain and gain awareness of what to do if we trip or slip in winter conditions.
  3. Build on winter navigation techniques, different maps and use of technology.
  4. Return for debrief and course finishes around 5pm

All timings on the mountain are approximate. Exact routes and location may change but your instructor will keep you informed throughout the two days.

Full details will be sent upon receipt of your booking form and payment.