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Introduction to Winter Skills

5 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)


Come and learn the basics of getting around the winter mountains on foot. You’ll have a lotta fun and gain loads of confidence (and probably a face full of snow).

Max 4 people


Product Description

Essentially, winter skills courses for beginners. This course assumes you have some trekking or summer hillwalking experience and begins with the absolute winter basics. Before getting on the hill we will have checked equipment and picked up any last minute supplies ( perhaps the night before, although there should also be time for this in the morning ). Once we are walking, it won’t be long until we are looking at the foundations of good footwork and step cutting with the ice axe. Soon, we will be on slightly steeper slopes learning self belay. We will then work up to learning how to stop a slide using self arrest. We will also build on your good footwork skills by introducing crampons.

If you enjoy being outdoors in the mountains, on foot and learning new skills then definitely! You might even be an off piste skier wanting some basic mountain skills. Learning good ice axe self arrest involves some sliding and tumbling on short, safe slopes (with helmets and expert care, though!). The weather can sometimes be pretty cold and windy, but you will learn how to look after yourself and stay (relatively!) comfortable. Expect to walk around 4 – 6km (2.5 – 4 miles), including snow and ice covered slopes (perhaps more if not Cairngorm).

Additional Information


Generally, December to April (depending on conditions).

Booking, Hire and Downloads

Download Winter Walking kit PDF.

Booking and Hire Form

Walking Grades explained

2 reviews for Introduction to Winter Skills

  1. 5 out of 5


    Thank you for last week I had a really great time. Everything you explained and coached was top class.

  2. 5 out of 5


    The infomation on the habitat and wildlife added to the enjoyment of the whole experience. Also the fact that we were allowed ( for example when crossing heather moor) to just be ‘alone’ was great. They are the ideal places to just switch off. There was never a need to fill a gap in conversation – which is the joy of the hills. ( I have been in larger group where there seemed to be a need to chatter all the way !!) . The 2nd day , although long and challenging was all the more special for the very reasons that it was long and challenging. Thank you again for the patience on the 30 feet of Vertigo wobbly ( on what was , I know – a wide bit hill)

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