scottish winter skills
A fully immersive Scottish winter experience - learn, refine and develop all things winter; from ice axe and crampons to winter navigation and avalanche awareness.
Instructor Ratio - 1:6
4 Day Course
Private bookings offered outside of our course dates
This is a longer and more comprehensive 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.
Planning, preparation and winter hill kit
How to store and carry your kit
Movement on snow - using the boot as a tool and kicking steps
Ice axe technique - for security and balance and for cutting steps
Self arrest - for halting a slip and gaining control
Crampons - fitting crampons, walking in crampons and front pointing
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.
Dealing with winter emergencies
How to construct and build snow shelters
Steep ground - further movement skills and safeguarding skills
Snow anchors and their application and limitations
Ascend a gully line or similar
Further winter navigation practice
Evening session of planning a mountain journey
Undertake a mountain journey and summit day
Summit winter Munro's
Use all skills gained on the course
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). 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
Professional coaching & instruction
Exclusive discount for LDM customers when booking this course
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.
If you would like a private day or 1:1 course, please enquire.
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
We will share kit lists with you during the booking stage
Crampons & ice axes provided
You will need to wear suitable outdoor clothing and have appropriate mountain footwear
(B1/B2 boots - these are rigid to take crampons)
We have a small selection of boots to hire subject to sizes and availability
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.
Can't see a date that works for you? Contact us for private and bespoke courses. We are happy to discuss your ideas and tailor a programme for you
If cancellation occurs within 30 days of the course or activity, we will retain 50% of the full price (your deposit).
If cancellation is within 14 days of the activity we will retain the full amount.