Winter Mountain Skills

Who It's Aimed At

If you haven’t had experience in winter but are keen to explore the mountains independently, our courses will cover all the skills needed to keep you safe in this environment and allow you to journey through the mountains confidently. We will teach you about winter mountain safety and guide you in the use of the specialist equipment needed for this.

Summer hill walking experience is needed with a good general fitness.

Contact Us to find out more. We can chat about dates to suit you.

What We'll Cover

On a 5 day course you will cover all of the skills below in more depth, ensuring you have the time to practice and develop them fully. We will be able to journey through some wild and beautiful mountains, putting together everything you have learnt, whilst increasing your confidence in your abilities.

  • Winter navigation*

Snow on the mountains obscures many of the features we use in summer, it can also create white out conditions, making it difficult to navigate without a more in depth skill base. We may have to rely on our compass, timing and pacing exclusively, without any feedback from the environment. Therefore, we have to have confidence in our abilities. Throughout the week we will develop these skills, giving you ample opportunity to practice with support and guidance.

  • Weather

On the first evening of the course we will take you through the different forcasting options, showing you how to relate this information in practice to the mountain envioronment.  This knowledge will enable you to prodict the avalanche forecast

  • Avalanche awareness

Having the class space on the first evening of the course, allows us the time to introduce and understand avalanche forecasting. This will then be supported throughout the week on the hill.

  • Route choice

Route choice and planning is more complex in winter. We will have theory and prcatical sessions to ensure you go away with the knowledge of how to plan and undertake your own safe winter journeys.

  • Using the boot as a tool

It may seem strange to be learning how to use your feet, but you’ll soon discover that walking on snow and ice requires specific techniques. We’ll also show you how winter boots are adapted for the terrain.

  • Crampon and ice axe use

We will teach you the skills required for the different technquies you may find yourself using, on different terrain and snow types.

  • Decision-making & heuristic traps*

The big four heuristic trapa we can commonly fall into include: Familiarity; Social Proof; Commitment to a goal and Scarcity. We’ll look at these in more depth, specifically how we can be aware of them and how to avoid making bad decisions.

  • Dealing with emergency situations*

Over the week we’ll get the chance to dig several different types of emergency shelters, discussing different options and looking at the value and limitations of these. We’ll also cover whast to do in the event of an emergency.

*The difference between a week and a weekend


£75 per person per day

Private coaching also available


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