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Wed, 01 Mar



5 Day Winter Skills Course

Take your first step to enjoying the mountains in winter with our intensive 5 Day Winter Skills Course based out of Glen Coe.

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5 Day Winter Skills Course
5 Day Winter Skills Course

Session Time & Location

01 Mar 2023, 08:00 – 05 Mar 2023, 17:00

Glencoe, Glencoe, Ballachulish

About the event

Take your first step to enjoying the mountains in winter with our intensive 5 day winter skills course based in Glen Coe on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands.

Winter conditions can feel intimidating and perhaps overwhelming but with the right knowledge, skills and confidence a whole world of exhilarating and unique adventures await.

This course will equip you with all the skills to undertake winter mountain walks and build on your summer hill walking and mountaineering experience.

Over the 5 days you will build up your winter skills progressively including spending a night navigating on a night navigation session. The course will also include the skills to construct emergency snow shelters.

If you are looking for a shorter course then our 2 Day Winter Skills Course would be ideal.

Course Content

You'll gain confidence in a wide range of winter specific skills:

  • How to choose what to wear & what winter kit to pack.
  • Basic winter navigation.
  • Fitting of crampons.
  • Use of crampons such as "Kicking Steps"
  • How to use a winter walking axe.
  • Ice axe arrest practice.
  • Avalanche report interpretation.
  • Weather report interpretation.
  • Planning a winter walking route.
  • Using a smartphone & GPS.

Course Outcomes

  • Be confident in the use of crampons and ice axe.
  • Know what to wear and take for a winter walk.
  • Understand winter weather & avalanche reports.
  • Movement skills for steep ground.
  • Emergency procedures.
  • Have 2 great days out in the Scottish Mountains.

Experience Required

Experiene of summer hill walking or mountaineering is required.

Please contact us if you are unsure.

For more information plesse see our Winter Mountaineering page.

Bespoke courses can also be arranged with your own instructor on dates to suit.


This course will be run by a qualified Winter Mountain Leader or higher.

Meeting Location

Here is a precise what3words address and a Google Maps link to where your instructor will meet you on the Sunday evening before the start of the course.


Clachaig Inn

This event has a group. You’re welcome to join the group once you register for the event.


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