"Nowhere else inspires people more than the snow topped mountains of Scotland"

Winter mountaineering in Scotland is like no other; remote, harsh but undeniably beautiful. This is a 3 day course which covers all skills vital to planning your trips in full winter conditions. We run this course in the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland and will be based in Aviemore for the duration of the week. From here we have loads of options to head up onto the Cairngorm Plateau and tick off a whole host of stunning Peaks whilst also teaching you all the skills you'll need to head off by yourselves once completed.

What you'll Learn
  • Winter navigation
  • Ice Axe arrests 
  • Moving in Crampons
  • Dealing with emergencies
  • Avalanche avoidance
  • and more...
Who's this for?

Hill walkers / Hikers or Climbers looking to progress into winter mountaineering. 

Experience needed:

Prior hill walking experience needed, a reasonable level of fittness and plenty of psyche! Minimum age 16+ 

Kit needed:

A full equipment list is contained in your confirmation email. We can provide an ice axe, crampons and a helmet if needed & boots can be hired locally if required (let us know!). You need to be self sufficient in terms of the rest of kit and food for this course. Scottish winters can be harsh so some good kit and layers are essential!


There are a ton of places to stay in and around Aviemore! Please see our accomodation list on our FAQ's page for our top places to crash after a good day out.



Day 1 - Our start time and meeting point is 9:30am at the Cairngorm Mountain Railway cafe. Here we can have a brew / check kit and talk through the. From here we will head straight into the mountains and start looking at moving in winter.

Days 2/3 - Locations and starting points may change due to conditions however days 2/3 we will be looking at all the hard skills to keep you safe in winter. These will include the ice axe arrests, navigation, dealing with emergency situations and avalanche awarness. Let try and bag a good peak or two along the way as well?

How to book:

To book its super simple, we have 'Open Courses' which run regularly throughout the season on set dates. Just select which date works for you and book online. 

If these dates don't suit, then you can add a new 'Open Course' to be run on a date which suits you better. This will become a new 'Open Course' and will populate a new date on to our 'open course' list and others can join in.  

If you'd rather have us all to yourself, select 'Book Privately' and we will run this course completely private and bespoke to you, on the date you request. We simply add a small 'private booking fee' (£40pp) and need a minimum of 2 people to book.

Any questions at all please don't hestitate to Contact us


Yes! We are happy to supply you relevant materials for your course however can't supply water proofs or walking boots etc. We can arrange to hire ice axes / boots & crampons if you need them! We will email a comprehensive kit list to you prior to starting. 

No Problem, we'll happily come pick you up from the closest bus or train station the evening before. The closest train station to us where we are based is the one in Aviemore. If you're struggling, drop us a call and we're sure we can sort something out to help you.

Booking Options

  • Book Privately

    Click the button below to show our calendar of availability and have us all to yourself! If you can't find a date available just contact us! 


Instructors and insurance

All our staff are qualified and assessed by the Mountain Training Association and have years of coaching and instructing experience and all participants are covered for all activities via our public liability insurance.

Gift cards / Course bundles

Our Gift Vouchers make perfect presents to celebrate a birthday, Christmas and any other special occasion!

We also offer course bundles which allows you to Gift card more than one course to your loved one.

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How to Find Us

The Cairngorms National Park is a stunning place. It provides the most reliable winter mountaineering conditions in Scotland and has some of the remotest Peaks (Munroes) to bag! Day one of our course meets at The Cairngorm Mountain Railway Cafe (see map below) where we can have a brew in the cafe and chat about the week ahead. We will be basing ourselevs in and around Aviemore and there are loads of accomodation options available! 

01538 300174


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Cairngorm Ski Area, Aviemore PH22 1RB