Open Ascents Winter Skills

 5 Day Winter Skills Course


Discover the Scottish Highlands in winter and learn what it takes to tackle the frozen world of the mountains. Journey over the largest plateau in Britain as you become full independent in the world of winter.

Course highlights include:

  • Use of equipment ice axe/crampons

  • Movement technique with crampons

  • Avalanche awareness

  • Winter navigation

  • Planning a winter day in the mountains

  • Self arrest and use of ice axe

  • Rope-work in the winter mountains

  • What to carry on a winters day

  • Plan and execute your own day


Our courses run on a bespoke basis and 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 Lake District area to work in. A good level of fitness is recommended.

We will supply ice axe and crampons.


The Winter Mountaineer

5 Day - Cairngorm

Ratio 1:6

Suitable for Beginners & upwards
Prices start from £140pp
See FAQ For Prices & More Info
Cairngorm Winter
Cairngorm Winter

Frequently asked questions

How much does it cost & ratios?

Our standard courses are price per person agaist the size of your group. For example 1 person booking will have exclusivity of the booking unless it is an date that is open for the public. We do not advertise open dates on our website. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Standard Courses 1 Day Course 1:1 - £180pp 1:2 - £100pp 1:3 - £70pp 1:4 - £55pp 1:5 - £45pp 1:6 - £40pp Standard Courses 2 Day Course 1:1 - £300pp 1:2 - £190pp 1:3 - £130pp 1:4 - £100pp 1:5 - £85pp 1:6 - £70pp Standard Courses 5 Day Course 1:1 - £600pp 1:2 - £400pp 1:3 - £280pp 1:4 - £210pp 1:5 - 170pp 1:6 - £140pp --------------------------------------------------------------------

What kit will I need?

For summer and winter hill walking you will need to be kitted up well for a day on the mountain, Please see the kit list at the bottom of the page. Maps and Compass will be provided if needed. Winter walking and courses. Helmet, Ice axe, Crampons will be provided All PPE personal protective equipment will be supplied by Open Ascents. For climbing and mountaineering this include, Helmet, Harness, Ropes and protection. You will need to bring your own climbing or mountaineering footwear. Please see FAQ section for kit list on bottom header of website.

How & Why to book with us.

Simply give us a ring or send us an email for the personal touch we will provide you with a booking for and thats it done! Simple ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- - Experianced and qualified expert Guide - First aid qualified - 1% Charity Promise - Subsidised Courses - Client lead booking - Prestige Booking with no portals and no middle men - No spam, just continued intreast in your mountaineering journey There are many many outdoor providers out there. Do they all give 1% of their profit to charity? We are proud to support local charities, we are even prouder to provide subsidies courses once a year for people who feel the cost of a course is beyond them. Our drive and determination to provide unique client lead learning has led us to producing what we feel is a prestige approach to bookings. To put it simply all our bookings are bespoke. We will work hard with you prior to any payment to get the right plan in place for your adventures and courses. Your contact comes in directly to us, no booking portals and no middle man. Despite being called Open Ascents our bespoke bookings are private to you and your groups so we can focus on your own needs. We view your time with us as part of your ongoing mountaineering journey, we will continue to make contact with you after the bookings however there will be no spam, priding ourselves in creating relationships as you progress through your mountaineering life. Hey not to mention our expert guides with decades of experience and qualification.

What if there is bad weather?

It might not be sunny all the time but we have enough local knowledge to seek out the best venues and will advise when booking the most ideal alternatives for on the day. If the weather and conditions are truly unworkable then we can reschedule for a better time at no extra cost.

What is our start & end location?

Once you book we will send you all the information about where to meet us, timings and content of the day. We can even advise on the best locations to look for accomidation.