#WinterSkills LongWeekend3 Day Skills Course
#WinterSkills Long Weekend – 3 day residential course
This course is designed for anyone who wants to improve their winter skills, knowledge and abilities. Suitable for both beginner or intermediate, as long as you are physically fit and have some summer hillwalking experience as a minimum.
Based in the majestic Cairngorms, the course will be very practical with an emphasis on learning through doing. Initially, we focus on introducing and honing core winter skills, before tackling more complex techniques. We aim to improve your awareness and understanding of the decision-making process involved in the planning process. As the course progresses, we will plan longer days to include several classic Scottish Munros if weather conditions allow. So whether this is your first foray into the winter environment, or you would like to improve existing skills, this course is ideal for you.
ALL-INCLUSIVE food and accommodation allows you to concentrate on enjoying yourself and getting the most from the course and makes it a really sociable event!
2 nights accommodation
3 days guiding and instruction
Breakfast, packed lunch and evening meals
Small group sizes
Detailed instruction in winter skills techniques
At least 2 big mountain days involving multiple Munros
Fantastic drying room
Discounts on outdoor equipment from affiliated retailers
Introductory and Intermediate ability-friendly
Join us to improve not just your skills, but also your knowledge, confidence and decision-making.
Our qualified, experienced and friendly instructors will teach you everything you need to know...
Everything you need to know...
Equipment and clothing selection and correct usage
Safe and effective use of winter boots, crampons and ice axe in a variety of terrain, weather and snow conditions
Improved personal movement on snow and ice
Arresting a slip
Ascending, descending and traversing safely and effectively
Navigating in the winter environment
Avalanche awareness, interpretation and avoidance
Weather forecasts and interpretation
Hazardous conditions and emergency procedures
Emergency snow shelters
Seasonal variations - understanding where to go and when
Route planning and guidebook interpretation
Decision-making on and off the hill