Our two day weekend winter skills courses, based in the Cairngorms, Aviemore, Scotland are designed to give you the fundamental techniques for safe travel in the mountains in winter conditions. We focus on prevention more than cure, looking at suitable personal kit, organisation and appropriate use of what we carry. How to safely plan a day using avalanche and weather forecasts and how to implement them into a safe journey. On snow, we focus on movement skills with solid footwork in ascent and descent, self-belay, step cutting, self-arrest and crampon techniques.
Any technical equipment, crampons, ice axe and helmet is included in price
Avalanche awareness/avoidance and its implications for safe route choice
Effectively planning your days in the mountains, using weather and avalanche forecasts
Appropriate choice and use of equipment and clothing suitable for winter hillwalking
How to be efficient with your snow craft; focusing on efficient footwork; use of the ice axe for self-belay, step cutting and self arrest
Emergency procedures, digging shelters
Core, fundamental navigation techniques for winter travel
✓ Highly experienced & qualified guide
✓ On-course transport
✓ Mountaineering axe
✓ Group shelter
✓ First Aid kit
✓ Photos from your course
✓ Overview of the course content
What's not included?
✗ Course Insurance
✗ Winter Boots (we can arrange rental)
What do I need to bring?
Quality waterproofs i.e. Gore-tex or similar
B2-B3 style boots
Hat, waterproof gloves plus spares x 2 minimum
Winter walking socks
We advise wearing 2-3 thinner layers rather than one thick layer so you can adjust your temperature during the activity
'Belay' type jacket
Wicking base layers, top & bottoms
Goggles, double clear lens recommended
Head torch, plus spare batteries
Balaclava and neck gaiter
Lunch & warm drink
What else can we provide?
Reservation for boot hire
Pick up & drop-offs