(5 customer reviews)

Winter Mountaineering Course

From: £375.00

5-day winter mountaineering course Scotland is based in the Aviemore area and covers all aspects of winter mountaineering. Participants will also build and stay for one night in a snowhole.
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Our 5-day winter mountaineering course is for people, who would like to learn a bit more than just the basics. The course will naturally cover the basics of winter mountaineering in the UK, will also go beyond it. We will meet in the morning in Aviemore and drive to the hills after an introduction. The main locations we use for the winter mountaineering course are near Cairngorm, where fewer groups tend to be. However, when the weather blocks us from getting to the Ski area we drive to Drumochter Summit area, which is also suitable for any winter skills course. All our instructors are qualified Winter Mountain Leaders or Mountain Instructors and have years of experience in running winter courses.

The first 2 days will cover the use of ice axe, crampons and how to walk on steep snow slopes. It also entails a deep understanding of avalanche awareness and how to safely plan a day in the winter mountains. Most of all we focus on practical skills. We will practice ice axe arresting while wearing a rucksack and fit crampons on steeper ground. This is not only great skill but is also great fun. The third day is kind of a flexible day where the course can either focus more on already covered skills or it could include some rope work.

Winter Mountaineering Course Scotland

Finally, the highlight of the course is a 2-day expedition with navigation and staying in s snowhole. You will build a snowhole from scratch in a remote area in the Cairngorms and then stay in it for a night.

We provide more kit for free than anyone else, so you don’t have to buy or borrow it. In our winter skills courses, we offer the free use of ice axe, crampon, helmet, mountaineering rucksacks, goggles and warm hats. At the expedition, we also provide a snow shovel, cookers, bivi bag, winter sleeping bag and sleeping mat. Finally after this winter mountaineering course Scotland, participants should be self-reliant walkers in the Scottish hills.

We offer group discounts for groups of 3 and over. Just click on book now at the date you want to book, increase the number of participants in the basket and update to see how much you can save.


What is included in this course?

Items that are included in the cost of the course price.

  • Qualified Winter Mountain Leader or MIC
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Helmets
  • Ski goggles
  • Warm hat
  • Bivi bag
  • Sleeping mat
  • Sleeping bag and liner
  • Snow shovel
  • Mountaineering Rucksack
  • Limited transportation to the hills


Day 1

Meet up in Aviemore in the morning and get on snow to work on the basic winter skills.

  • Walking in the snow, kicking steps
  • Cutting steps with an ice axe
  • Different techniques of cutting steps
  • Using crampons
  • Learn about snow and avalanche risk

Day 2
Meet in Aviemore and find another, different snow slope in the Cairngorms. Work some more on those winter skills and move on to how to stop yourself from slipping or sliding down the side of a hill. To finish the skills off you should be able to stop sliding with an ice axe arrest.

Day 3
Learn how to navigate in the winter. Since there are many features of a map covered by snow you need to be much more precise than navigating in summer. Also will introduce you to safety and rescue procedures. In the evening pack all the gear for a 2-day expedition.

Day 4
Go out for an overnight trip in the Cairngorms. On the way, you can also learn some more about navigation, safety and rescue procedures. In late afternoon find a good spot for digging a snowhole.

Day 5
This day we continue working on winter navigation on our way out from the snowhole.

More Info

Accommodation is not included in the price. However, we can help you to find the right place for your needs.
There are many places to stay in Aviemore and the surrounding areas. It is advisable to book well in advance, especially at a year with a good skiing season.

The night from Tuesday to Wednesday will be in a snowhole.

Some accommodation in the area:

SYHA Aviemore
SYHA Cairngorm Lodge
Aviemore Bunkhouse

What we offer beyond the norm!

  • We only teach practical skills, like fitting crampons on steep ground and wearing a rucksack for the ice axe arrest. (Most other providers don’t do that)
  • We provide more kit for free than any other private provider
  • Theory session with route planning for winter and avalanche awareness
  • We give you the “Be Avalanche Aware” leaflet for free.
  • We are proud of what we do
  • We offer this course almost every week between mid-January and early April
  • We guarantee the course if one person has booked on it

5 reviews for Winter Mountaineering Course

  1. JackB1787

    Brilliant 5 day Winter skills course. I learnt a lot of skills and useful tips, from how to properly and safety use crampons, ice axe arresting, navigation in poor conditions and how to build an emergency shelter in the snow and ice. Andreas is an extremely knowledgeable, patient and friendly instructor who brings the best out in you. We saw many other groups on winter skills courses while out in Scotland, however the groups were very large, sometimes having 8+ people. I would choose Andreas over any of these as he keeps his groups small, which makes for a much more personalised experience. Also, very good value for money in comparison considering the amount of gear you can borrow for FREE!

    Thanks Andreas 🙂

  2. gabriel d

    Highly recommended – Andreas has a vast wealth of experience that he is only too happy to share, and he is a very patient instructor.
    Loads of top quality kit is provided free of charge, and Andreas is happy to help arranging any additional gear you might need, e.g. boot rental.
    For me, digging and sleeping in a snow-hole (see photo below) was the absolute highlight of the trip – I have to do that again!

    Excellent course Andreas, thank you very much.

  3. YesseniaP14

    I have found the course great! Andreas was very kind and competent and gave me a lot of tips and good lessons to deal with the very cold and windy Scottish weather. He took care about each of us dedicating time and efforts in makings us understand and learn the risks we can face in the mountains.
    I really recommended the course!

  4. Bob Everet

    Went on a 5 day winter mountaineering course with Andreas in February. He is a very knowledgeable instructor with many stories and has got a great way on passing on winter skills. The night in the snowhole was priceless and it was worth every penny. Might bring my wife next time.

  5. buzzybee75

    Thanks for a brilliant 5 day course in Aviemore. We learnt so much and gained confidence in ice axe arrests, crampons, walking in snow, navigation, avalanche risks,not to mention learning about the nature and wildlife of the mountain. All this was with our brilliant instructor Tim, who made it fun and a very positive experience. We always seemed to have a coffee break just before we needed it – which is perfect! can’t wait to come back for more.

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