Mountain Skills Courses

For Mountaineers, the winter is perhaps the most magical time of year. Blue skies and the sun glistening on the summits and the crunch of snow underfoot can make for some of the most rewarding and memorable days out.

For summer walkers wanting to take the next step into winter, there are additional skills and equipment to confidently make the most of this magical season!

If you would like to discuss this course for a club, society or other group of people, please see the Private Courses page or just get in touch to discuss options and prices


Introduction to Winter

2 & 3-day courses in the Cairngorms

These courses will provide you with the foundation skills and knowledge to be able to plan your own winter mountain journeys and deal with different snow conditions. 

The courses are run primarily in the Cairngorms National Park (Kingussie, Aviemore, and Cairngorm Mountain in Scotland). 

The instructor:client ratio is 1:8 with a minimum of 2 clients to ensure that everyone gets the most benefit from the course. Peer-experience and sharing is an important aspect. 16-18 year olds are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian. 


These are non-residential and costs

  • £130 per person for a 2-day course

  • £190 for a 3 day course

  • Both include a 10% discount if booking for 2-3 people, and a 15% discount for booking 4 or more

If your club/society or large group want to book a course, please get in touch separately about dates and prices.


You will need to ensure that you have all the essential winter equipment beforehand. You can hire the technical equipment on booking if you do not have your own.

Please note that I cannot refund you the price of hire equipment as this is at the discretion of the shop should the need arise. It is worth you contacting the shops yourself (details in FAQs below) if in doubt or hiring locally near where you live before coming. 


We can cover a range of different skills and techniques and a lot will depend on weather / conditions and the group aims. : 

  • Avalanche and weather forecasts

  • Equipment and clothing

  • Personal movement skills

    • Efficient use of your boots in different terrain

    • Walking in crampons

  • Use of the ice axe

    • Self-belay

    • Ice Axe arrest**

    • Step cutting

  • Route planning

  • Going on a mountain walk bringing together different skills

  • Emergency snow shelters

**This is quite an advanced skill which can take a lot of time to demonstrate and practice and we only cover this on the 3 day course!

We do not look at ropework on these courses. This is not a climbing course and it is not expected that most walkers will go out with a rope.



If you want to chat to me about any of the courses feel free to do so - email is a good start as I'm often out and about with limited phone reception.
If you don't like the idea of the online booking, that's fine as I can simply raise an invoice.
Simply choose the date you are interested in, click 'Book Now' and follow the instructions. You'll get an automated confirmation reply but I'll follow that up when I get back to civilisation to say thanks and with more detail about the course..
Please ensure you've read the Terms and Conditions and you are aware of what you need to bring by downloading the gear list.
A quirk of the website hosting system means there are a range of ticket options (apologies about that). Please check the number you are booking for on the ticket options and ensure you request that number of tickets...
Any problems then please get in touch

Upcoming Two Day Intro to Winter Skills Courses

Upcoming Three Day Intro to Winter Skills Courses


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