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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.

Prices include hire of crampons, ice axe, helmet, map, map case and compass.

Experience required: 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. No previous winter hill walking experience required.

 

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 9th January 2021
  • Saturday 6th February 2021
  • Saturday 6th March 2021

£80 per person (minimum 2, maximum 4 participants)

If you wish to book this as a private course on dates to suit you, this can be accommodated throughout the winter (maximum 4 participants):

  • 1 person or 2 people: £160
  • 3 people: £180
  • 4 people: £200

 

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. We would aim to cover:

  • 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
  • An introduction to avalanche awareness
  • Navigation
  • Emergency procedures

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

  • Saturday 23rd to Sunday 24th January 2021
  • Saturday 20th to Sunday 21st February 2021
  • Saturday 20th to Sunday 21st March 2021

£160 per person (minimum 2, maximum 4 participants)

If you wish to book this as a private course on dates to suit you, this can be accommodated throughout the winter (maximum 4 participants):

  • 1 person or 2 people: £320
  • 3 people: £360
  • 4 people: £400

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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 need to have access to their own car to travel from Aviemore to the course venue each day. Whilst ordinarily we would encourage car sharing, this is contrary to current guidelines in relation to Covid-19 (Coronavirus).

Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

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