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Courses (Winter)

We offer 1 day and 2 day winter skills courses in the Cairngorms.

Scheduled courses, available for individuals to book as part of an open group, are available on advertised dates. Alternatively, if you wish to book a private course on dates to suit you, this can be accommodated throughout the winter.

Our winter skills courses are ideal if you already have some summer hill walking experience, a reasonable level of fitness, and want to extend your skills so you can enjoy the mountains all year round.

All prices include hire of crampons, ice axe and helmet.

Introduction to Winter Hill Walking (1 day course)

This course is ideal as a “taster day”, allowing you to experience what being out in the winter mountain environment is all about. During the day we will introduce you to some of the essential skills including:

  • Selection of clothing and equipment suitable for winter hill walking
  • Winter weather forecasts and planning your day out
  • Movement over winter terrain including the use of winter boots, crampons and an ice axe for security

Scheduled courses, available for individuals to book as part of an open group:

  • Saturday 21st December 2019
  • Saturday 4th January 2020
  • Saturday 1st February 2020
  • Saturday 29th February 2020

£75 per person (minimum group size 2, maximum group size 4)

If you wish to book this as a private course on dates to suit you, this can be accommodated throughout the winter:

Group size 1 to 2: £150

Group size 3 to 4: £180 (all courses operate with a maximum of 4 participants)

Winter Hill Walking Skills (2 day course)

This course is ideal if you are keen to learn and develop with a view to heading out on your own adventures in winter. In addition to the topics covered on our 1 day course, we would also aim to cover the following topics whilst reaching a winter summit:

  • An introduction to avalanche awareness
  • Navigation
  • Emergency procedures

Scheduled courses, available for individuals to book as part of an open group:

  • Saturday 18th to Sunday 19th January 2020
  • Saturday 15th to Sunday 16th February 2020
  • Saturday 14th to Sunday 15th March 2020

£150 per person (minimum group size 2, maximum group size 4)

If you wish to book this as a private course on dates to suit you, this can be accommodated throughout the winter:

Group size 1 to 2: £300

Group size 3 to 4: £360 (all courses operate with a maximum of 4 participants)

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A full kit list will be provided at the time of booking. Course participants will need to supply most of their own kit including ski goggles and winter boots. Winter boot hire can be arranged from several outdoor shops in Aviemore.

Course participants will meet in Aviemore on the morning their course starts. This will allow time to discuss the day ahead and to allow the most suitable venue for the day to be chosen based on the weather forecast, snow conditions etc.

Course participants will usually need to provide their own transport from Aviemore to the course venue each day. However, if you plan to arrive in Aviemore using public transport, please let us know so we can advise accordingly. Lift sharing will be encouraged.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

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