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. Our winter skills course is designed to teach you the exact skills to help you to walk safely in winter. We will show you how to plan a winter's journey. what to wear and carry and how to navigate in winter whilst choosing safe routes. We will cover the use of crampons, ice axe and how to select winter clothing and equipment. You will learn about planning a winter journey, winter weather, and develop a good awareness of winter conditions and how they affect us on the mountains. By the end of the course you will feel confident to have your own winter adventures! Based in North Wales, the course dates and itinerary will reflect the current weather and ground conditions.

Winter Skills

Our winter skills course is designed to teach you the exact skills to help you to walk safely in winter.

Suitable For

  • Walkers wishing to learn how to use ice axe and crampons.
  • Walkers looking to explore the winter mountains.

Course Includes

  • Certificate of Attendance
  • All technical equipment
  • Kit list and friendly advice
  • Group safety equipment
  • Qualified, insured and experienced instructor

Course Summary


Required Fitness

Course Length

1 day

Course Price


Course Ratio


Time Required

1 day


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Course Description

Our one day winter skills course is the perfect way to start learning about the winter environment. Aimed at regular hillwalkers with little or no previous winter walking experience, we'll guide you step by step and teach you what's required to stay safe and have fun in the mountains. 

Please contact us if our course dates don't match your dates as we often arrange alternative dates or bespoke courses as our course dates reflect the current weather conditions.

Ice axe and crampon hire are included in the price. You will need your own winter boots.

Please contact us for advice if you are unsure.

A reasonable level of fitness is required for this course and you should have experience of summer mountain walking.

Note: All our staff are qualified, knowledgeable and will always strive to give you the best experience coupled with ensuring your safety.

Course Schedule

  1. Meet and greet
  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, introduction to ice axe and safety equipment for personal use.
  4. A journey into the winter mountain environment to put theory into practise.
  5. Return for debrief and course finishes around 5pm

All timings on the mountain are approximate.

Full details will be sent upon receipt of your booking form and payment.





Course Reviews

Wow - what a day! Completed the Welsh Winter intro course today and learnt more in one day than I have in years. Thanks Steve. Can’t wait for the next one!
Paul Brook, Anglesey

Winter skills - really enjoyed the day. and learnt so many new skills. Confidence has developed massively! The package is tailored to your needs while remaining on syllabus. Very responsive/professional from the point of making an enquiry. Informal and friendly teaching while maintaining professional standards.I would highly recommend to local people/groups as well as those from afar.
Clara, Wales