scottish winter skills
2 day

Experience Scottish winter and discover the highlands in their winter coat - learn new skills and refine winter techniques, getting to grips with ice axes and crampons

Instructor Ratio - 1:6

2 Day Course

Open Session:


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This is a beginner winter course designed to introduce hill walkers to the delights of winter walking in Scotland.


We hope to develop skills to allow access into the high mountains when covered in snow and ice, giving you the technical knowledge to understand how to remain safe in this dynamic environment.


On this course we cover:

Movement on snow - using the boot as a tool and kicking steps

Ice axe technique - for security and balance and for cutting steps

Crampons - fitting crampons, walking in crampons and front pointing

Self arrest - for halting a slip and gaining control

Avalanche awareness - to stay safe and develop understanding of a hazardous and dynamic landscape

Winter navigation - all those summer features become covered; practice on a different scale map and winterise your navigation.​


Day 2 of this course will head up onto the high mountain plateau of the cairngorms - we will use the skills learnt on day 1 to plan, prepare and undertake a mountain journey and summit an appropriate mountain.


Being based in Aviemore and using the ski centre as a base will allow for quick and easy access to this high mountain area of the UK. ​


You will need to wear suitable clothing for winter mountaineering, including a full set of waterproofs, warm layers, hat & gloves, ski goggles and winter walking boots.

These boots should be rigid and rated to B1/B2 standard (we can advise during the booking stage).​

Boots can be hired from LDM, subject to sizes and availability of our stocks.

We can provide crampons, ice axe, helmets and other technical equipment.


This course is non residential

The price of this day is inclusive of:

  • A qualified Mountaineering Instructor/Winter Mountain Leader

  • Affiliated with AMI & Mountain Training Association 

  • Extensive knowledge of the venues

  • Technical equipment 

  • Professional coaching & instruction

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Exclusive discount for LDM customers when booking this course

Course Ratios

1:6 Ratio - 6 people per 1 instructor

Our instructors can teach up to 6 people on this course. 


This course is open to the public and has 6 spaces per course. 


Experience of hill walking in summer conditions. 


You will need to be fit and healthy and able to walk in the snow carrying a rucksack.

Some navigational knowledge will be beneficial (map & compass)

Please contact us to discuss regarding any queries 


All technical equipment can be  provided. 

We will share kit lists with you during the booking stage

You will need to wear suitable outdoor clothing and have appropriate mountain footwear 

(B1/B2 boots - these are rigid to take crampons)

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We have a small selection of boots to hire subject to sizes and availability

Click here for a video on winter kit


Our venues are carefully selected and tailored to get the most out of the programme. 

The course is based in Aviemore - from the Ski Centre on Cairngorm. 

This course is non residential

Winter course conditions: It may be necessary to change the outline of the courses to offer general mountaineering/mountain skills programmes.

All dates, courses and sessions are displayed on our booking system.  Follow the book now button to view all of our availability and book your course.

For further information and enquiries, please use the contact form 

Walking in the Cairngorms
Walking in the Cairngorms

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Slope & snow observations
Slope & snow observations

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Walking in the Cairngorms
Walking in the Cairngorms

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We look forward to hearing from you and working towards your mountaineering ambitions and helping to achieve your goals. 

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