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Scottish Winter Skills - 4 Day

mountain - Up to 6 people


This is a fully immersive course that allows each aspect of winter mountaineering to be covered in depth and allow each day to be rich in content. 


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.​

Each day of this course will head up onto the high mountain plateau of the cairngorms.


Day 1: Will introduce planning, preparation, avalanche awareness and the winter environment.

Day 2: Ice axe, crampons, step cutting and use of the boots will be covered - along with self arrest and self belay on steeper slopes.

Day 3: Navigation day - a journey across the plateau looking at winter navigation and the different skills needed when the weather turns and snow covers the features.

Day 4: We will use the skills learnt on each day 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. 

Please contact us for a bespoke package 

What to bring

Waterproof Jacket

Waterproof Trousers

Fleece Mid Layer

Insulation (spare warm top)

Hat & Gloves

Winter Boots (B1/B2)

Micro Spikes

30-40L Rucksack


Ice Axe*


Ski Goggles

Spare Hats & Gloves

Lunch & Snacks

1 litre water

Hot drink

Personal Medication


Walking Poles

Silva Expedition 4 compass



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


Cancellation Policy


In the unlikely event we have to cancel, we will offer a full refund if an alternate date can't be offered.

Winter course conditions: It may be necessary to change the outline of the courses to offer general mountaineering/mountain skills programmes with part refunds.

We can also issue vouchers to be used on other events or sessions with us. 

Should you wish to cancel, we are flexible where possible and can possibly re-arrange dates for a more convenient time. If the cancellation is within 30 days then we reserve the right to issue a part refund and take a deposit of 50% for administration fees. If cancellation is within 14 days of the activity we reserve the right to retain the full amount.


If the activity cannot go ahead due to COVID regulations we will be able to offer a part refund. We would hold the right to retain a booking fee of £40 to cover administration costs; the remaining balance will be refunded. 

As a small business that relies on customer support - we would be grateful if you would accept a voucher to come back another time. 

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Where we'll meet

The meeting location is decided on the day.

We will contact you further regarding meeting locations once we have discussed your activities further

Lake District Mountaineering
£450 for adults
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