Winter mountain hiking skills weekend

Join us for a weekend based in the Cairngorms and around Drumochter, where you'll learn the hill skills needed to go winter hiking with us in the Scottish mountains.

At a glance

  • Designed for the summer walker keen to aim onto the Scottish hills.
  • Over two days we'll introduce and develop the basic skills required to get the most out of mountain hikes with snow and ice.
  • Winter navigation, forecasting and safety are amongst the many topics covered.
  • Find out how to deal with wind-chill and snow injuries.
  • Discover how avalanches happen and examine snow and ice structures.
  • Join a small group led by an experienced leader with a good knowledge of the wildlife, flora and geology.

Dates and booking

Dates for 2017CostAvailabilityBooking
7-8 January£125to be confirmed
14-15 January£125to be confirmed
21-22 January£125to be confirmed
28-29 January£125to be confirmed
Our Winter Skills events for 2016 have now finished. We'll be hosting these events again in January 2017, dates above will be confirmed in Autumn 2016. If would like us to organise a bespoke Winter Skills weekend before the end of March 2016, then please contact us !

Outline of trip

Day 1  Winter introduction

Learning new skills on Cairngorm's snow covered slopes

Day 2  Winter mountain hike

Consolidation day on high Cairngorm mountains in winter

General info

This 2 day event is a guided hiking weekend with one of our experienced and qualified leaders. Your guide will have a thorough knowledge of the snow covered areas that we'll be hiking and working in. Our maximum guide to client ratio on this event is 1:6.

Experience and fitness

Saturday is classed as 'moderate' and Sunday's hike is classed 'demanding' primarily due to the possible effort required hiking through snow. To join this guided hiking weekend, we ask that you have a decent level of fitness, have done a good few summer hillwalks and had some exposure to 'British mountain weather'. More information is detailed on our Events Grading page.

Gear you'll need

You'll need your general hillwalking equipment suitable for the conditions. Advice on winter gear is on this page. We'll supply ice-axe, crampons and helmet. If you have your own, bring them along and we'll give you a discount on the event.

Getting there

We'll be based in the Northern Cairngorms or possibly around Drumochter depending on the weather conditions. These areas are easily accessed from Aviemore, Kingussie and Newtonmore which are all situated close to the A9. There are good transport links, all of these towns have bus and rail links between Inverness and the Central Belt. We'll able to offer pick-up from Aviemore.


Below is a list of accommodation that previous guests on our trips recommend. If you require some help with your accommodation, please contact us and we'll be delighted to assist.
Contact us via our enquiry page, email or phone us on 0131-466-8152.

Contact us

Steven Fallon
31 Argyle Place
Edinburgh EH9 1JT

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0131 466 8152
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