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 Sion from Cardiff thought of the Scotland Winter Skills Course:

"Great weekend in Scotland on the winter skills course! Stephen is an intelligent and enthusiastic guide. It was a pleasure to go on the course, and I hope to go again! "

Winter Skills Scotland

Suitable For

  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Groups
  • Regular summer mountain walkers

Course Includes

  • In Course Transport
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • All technical equipment
  • Kit list and friendly advice
  • Group safety 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

Booking & Payment Form

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Course Description

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

Helmet, ice axe and crampon hire are included in the price. You will need your own winter boots.

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 live in Snowdonia, are qualified, insured, experienced and hold current first aid qualifications.

Course Schedule

  1. Meet and greet
  2. Discuss equipment, clothing, weather, emergency procedures and navigation. Avalanche awareness and planning of winter walking will also be covered.
  3. 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.
  5. Return for debrief and course finishes around 5pm each day

All timings on the mountain are approximate.

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