Winter Skills courses in the Cairngorms

Our Cairngorms-based skills courses benefit from years of experience working the Scottish winter. Sure, the conditions can be wild and unpredictable. But that’s what develops versatile, solid mountaineers!

Why is an Arc Guiding winter skills course a good idea?

Ice, blizzards, avalanche and short days mean you need to ‘winterise’ your existing skills, and also learn new ones. In addition, you will need to build experience so you can make sound decisions. Steep, slippery slopes require the extra security provided by ice axe and crampons. And navigation skills need an upgrade to cope with winter weather and snow cover. But before we can even start, we first need to get to grips with the avalanche forecast. So for ambitious hillwalkers, a Cairngorms winter skills course is a wise investment.

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Our winter skills courses benefit from the famous high mountain terrain found in the Cairngorms. This stretches from the relative shelter of the Northern Corries to the high Cairngorms plateau and outlying Monadhliath ranges. There plenty of opportunity to learn how to move safely on snow and ice. Plus miles of windswept ridges and peaks to practise the arts of winter navigation and avalanche awareness.
A flexible approach allows for varying abilities. But you will need to have previous experience of summer hillwalking and hiking. The high slopes of the Cairngorms are a perfect setting to learn steep snow skills. Furthermore, five of Britain’s highest Munros await adventurous winter walkers (check out our Guided Walks for more details). For sure, winter mountaineering is pretty demanding. Therefore, these Cairngorms winter skills courses are designed with learning and safety in mind.

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