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2 Day Winter Skills Course

Flexible dates. You choose!

Cairngorms Winter Skills

Discover the Scottish Highlands in winter and learn what it takes to tackle the frozen world of the mountains.


Our two day course is perfect for those who wish to extend their time in the mountains across all 4 seasons. We will provide you with all the fundamentals of winter in these amazing environments so you can stay safe throughout winter.  

Based out of Aviemore, you will be introduced to winter in this amazing landscape by taking a journey across the mountain, where you will be introduced via practical sessions to movement with axe and crampons, reading the snow pack, avalanche awareness, navigation and much much more. We aim to be on the hill as our primary location for learning, after the course we will provide everyone with suitable feedback for them to safely go out and consolidate their learning.


Course highlights include:

  • Use of equipment ice axe/crampons

  • Movement technique with crampons

  • Mountain movement coaching

  • Footwork and Boot work

  • Avalanche awareness & Planning

  • Steep ground planning

  • Planning a winter day in the mountains


Our courses  can be booked via the dates provided here or run on a bespoke basis we have a selection of dates and can run all throughout the winter at whatever time and date suits you. We don't need a huge amount of snow to run this course our expert instructors will find the best area to work in. A good level of fitness is recommended.

FREE Ice axe and crampons RENTAL.


The Winter Mountaineer

2 Day - Cairngorms

Ratio 1:6

Suitable for Beginners & upwards
Price £180pp 1:6 Ratio
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All our itineraries are flexible and we pride ourselves on providing client lead learning. A typical Itinerary would be

Day 1

We would outline the course and set our main learning aims. Look at the kit that we carry, why we carry it. Weather is always a part so we will talk about what it means for us in winter before heading out on the hill to look at the moment techniques and get to grips with some of our winter kit, axe and crampons

Day 2

Our second day together is about consolidation of day one and introducing some steeper ground to work on. In a safe space together we will look at the basics of self arrest via the use of an axe. Throughout the course we will facilitate navigation techniques whilst making our way through the winter mountain environment. Upon finishing we will provide everyone with personal feedback and the next steps.

I Learnt so much. Those skills will stay with me for life!

The value for money you get is second to none!

Sean via Trip Advisor

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