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Scottish Winter Skills - 2 Day

Highland Council
mountain - Up to 6 people


This is a beginner course designed to introduce hill walkers to the delights of winter walking in Scotland. 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 
  6. Winter navigation - all those summer features become covered; practice on a different scale map and winterise your navigation.​

Day 2 of this course will head up onto the high mountain plateau of the cairngorms - we will use the skills learnt on day 1 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.  

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

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 to have some experience of summer hill walking to make best use 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

Meet at Aviemore Ski Centre - Sam will be waiting in the mountain cafe. Please meet inside here for meetings and course introductions

Lake District Mountaineering
£220 for adults

Sat 13th - Sun 14th Mar
09:00 - 17:00 every day · 6 spaces left
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