Scottish Winter Skills - 2 Day Training

Cairngorm National Park (Aviemore)
Group size
1 - 5 people
Experience level
2 days
0 miles
SCOTTISH WINTER SKILLS - All courses are based in Aviemore and are non residential - 1:5 Ratio - 2 Day Course - £220 per person

About the trip


This is a beginner ourse designed to introduce hill walkers to the delights of winter walking in Scotland. We hope to develop skills to allow access into the high mountains when covered in snow and ice, giving you the technical knowledge to understand how to remain safe in this dynamic environment.
On this course we cover;
Movement on snow - using the boot as a tool and kicking steps
Ice axe technique - for security and balance and for cutting steps
Crampons - fitting crampons, walking in crampons and front pointing
Self arrest - for halting a slip and gaining control
Avalanche awareness - to stay safe and develop understanding of a hazardous and dynamic landscape
Winter navigation - all those summer features become covered; practice on a different scale map and winterise your navigation.​
Day 2 of this course will head up onto the high mountain plateau of the cairngorms - we will use the skills learnt on day 1 to plan, prepare and undertake a mountain journey and summit an appropriate mountain. Being based in Aviemore and using the ski centre as a base will allow for quick and easy access to this high mountain area of the UK.

We recommend having some summer hill walking experience before undertaking this course.

All courses are based in Aviemore and are non residential.
1:5 Ratio

2 Day Courses

£220 per person

Winter Equipment
Ice Axe & Crampons
Movement on Snow & Ice
Self Arrest
Weather & Avalanche Education
Winter Navigation

Bespoke day available - £220 per day


Meetings and Introductory talk
Avalanche discussion and presentation
Weather Briefing
On the hill: Movement on snow & ice, crampon techniques, self arrest, navigation
Meeting and planning exercise
Mountain journey - aiming for a summit and consolidation of skills
Further navigation and skill refinement
Debriefs and further learning


Ice Axe

Not included

B1/B2 Mountaineering/Winter Boots
Silva Expedition 4 Compass
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