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Lakes Winter Skills - 1 Day

mountain - Up to 6 people


This is a beginner course designed to introduce hill walkers to the delights of winter walking. 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;

  1. Movement on snow - using the boot as a tool and kicking steps
  2. Ice axe technique - for security and balance and for cutting steps 
  3. Crampons - fitting crampons, walking in crampons and front pointing
  4. Self arrest - for halting a slip and gaining control
  5. 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.​

The Helvellyn massif is usually the most reliable for winter weather but if the conditions are right, be prepared to explore any of the high Lakeland fells in snowy conditions. 

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

If you wish to under take this course privately, please email us direct for dates and prices

What to bring

Waterproof Jacket

Waterproof Trousers

Fleece Mid Layer

Insulation (spare warm top)

Hat & Gloves

Winter Boots (B1/B2)

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

*Provided by Lake District Mountaineering


We require you to have some summer hill walking experience to make the best of this course and its programme


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 send you a meeting location prior to the day, once we have developed a plan around conditions and weather etc

Lake District Mountaineering
£100 for adults

Tue, 26th Jan
09:00 - 17:00 · 6 spaces left
Thu, 28th Jan
09:00 - 17:00 · 6 spaces left
Sat, 6th Feb
09:00 - 17:00 · 6 spaces left

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