Winter Mountain Skills Courses

Winter Mountain Skills Courses

Courses for the Winter Environment

Venturing out into the winter mountain environment brings different challenges to summer conditions. Not only does the weather tend to be more harsh but the physical demands are also greater so staying warm and having the energy to finish your walk can sometimes be the greatest challenge. Winter also brings different rewards with the weather allowing us to see our countryside in ever changing conditions. Nature can still blossom in wintry conditions and wildlife still makes an appearance, despite the severe environment in which it lives.

To enable us to enjoy the hills and mountains safely in winter a basic set of skills and knowledge are required. Our winter skills courses are split into two courses, the one day beginner course and the two day improver. Wherever possible we will endeavour to run our courses in Snowdonia but we also travel to the Lake District and Scotland over the winter period.

A typical one day beginner winter skills course will consist of the following:

  1. Meet and greet (indoors)
  2. Discuss equipment, clothing, weather, emergency procedures and navigation. Avalanche awareness and planning of winter walking will also be covered.
  3. Correct fitting of crampons, intro to ice axe and safety equipment for both personal and group use
  4. A journey into the winter mountain environment including practical use of crampons and ice axe.
  5. Return for debrief and course finishes around 5pm

A typical 2 day improver winter skills course will consist of the following:

  1. All elements included in the 1 day winter skills course
  2. Greater emphasis on winter planning, avalanche awareness and route choice
  3. Practical uses of winter navigational techniques including use of different types of maps
  4. A journey into the winter mountain environment
  5. Return for debrief and course finishes around 5pm

Note: An additional evening session/lecture will be made available for the 2 day course to cover some winter skills in more detail.

All our instructors are local, fully qualified for the course they are responsible for, fully insured and qualified first aiders

Course Dates

The Winter season has now finished but please get in touch if you wish to discuss future plans etc.

  • November 2017 to April 2018
  • (Contact us for details and last minute places or check out our social media )


  • Winter skills 1 day – £60pp
  • Winter skills 2 day –  £100pp

How To Book.

Please contact us via phone/email or social media to book your place on any of our courses.


In the meantime, should you have any questions about any of our courses please get in touch on:

Call 078 779 02624 or

Or visit our contact page.

Thank you,
Aim Higher