Winter skills refresh day 

We offer some days for those who are getting ready for a winter season and who will have had some experience and perhaps been on a winter skills course before but would like to get those skills refreshed and in place ahead of the main season. These days focus on the main skills of ice axe and crampon techniques, navigation and evaluating the snow pack for avalanches. We like to deliver these days as a mountain journey covering these skills as we go. These days are run prior to Christmas but can be run throughout the season. The winter can be an unforgiving environment to those just starting we hope that these days highlight the essential skills needed to travel safely in the winter mountains. These days are covered throughout the highlands depending on where suits you best. 

Areas Covered

Ice axe arrests but perhaps more importantly effective use of boots and crampons with plenty of milage on both as its better to stay on your feet than need an arrest. 

Navigation is a constant theme and we look at the differences thrown up by a covering of snow and ice on the mountains. 

Snowpack evaluation and also looking at how we route plan taking into account objectives, weather forecast and avalanche forecasts. We also cover understanding the Scottish Avalanche Information service winter forecasts. 

Course Details 


All of our winter preparation days are ideally set to prepare you early in the season and run from the first snows prior to Christmas but can be a useful day throughout the season. 



All mountain courses require a good level of fitness for big days in the mountains. 


We email out a specific kit list for the course upon receipt of a booking form, you can also find a download under the about section. We have ice axes, crampons and helmets available and included in the course fee. 

Pricing: As courses are tailor-made just hit "join us" under the course that interests you and make an enquiry to find out more.  Our day rate for winter skills is £250 per day for the first person and £20 per head thereafter, to a maximum group size of 6 clients to 1 instructor. We offer a reduced rate for NHS workers, Armed Forces personnel and students.