Winter Skills

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(3 customer reviews)


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

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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 meet up, check equipment and pick up any last minute supplies.

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.

Learning good ice axe self arrest involves some sliding and tumbling on short, safe slopes (with helmets and expert coaching!). The weather can sometimes be pretty cold and windy, but you will learn how to look after yourself and stay safe.

The skills you learn today are essential for winter walking or climbing, or even ski touring, anywhere in the world.

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Private (up to 4 people)


Full day (up to 8 hours)



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The map below shows an overview of the region visited on this trip. Precise locations and routes used will be decided on the day, depending on weather, terrain, interests, etc. Click and drag to explore, refresh the page to re-centre.

Northern Cairngorms, Monadhliath and Drumochter

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Cairngorm Ski Area: 57.133965, -3.670721
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Cairngorm Ski Area

3 reviews for Winter Skills

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Robin Versteeg

    I booked Malcolm for some general winter skills instruction. Having walked the munros all my life, in all weathers, I felt it was time I had some proper tutelage from a mountain expert. Cairngorm mountain is a hill I thought I knew, but Malcolm’s breadth of knowledge – from weather awareness and snow conditions, to kit choice and steep ground techniques – was an eye-opener. Our excursion was well-planned and thoroughly enjoyable, and whether in learning about the intricacies of wind-slab and avalanches, or in sliding around with an ice-axe, I was in no doubt that I was in the hands of a consummate professional. Highly recommended.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    P. Hughes

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

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    E. Watson

    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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