Winter Skills

Winter Skills

“wearing crampons, understanding an avalanche forecast, practice, practice practice”

Winter skills course

Why should I do a winter skills course with Climb365?

Winter skills course

Our winter skills courses are great fun and are a really enjoyable way to learn how to use crampons and an ice axe with a group of like-minded novices.
The winter skills course is run over 2 days.
Our aim for the winter skills course is to give you the skills and confidence you’ll need to tackle winter walking days.
During the winter skills course, we’ll teach you how and when to use crampons, techniques for walking on steeper slopes, ice axe arrest, step cutting, avalanche awareness and route choice skills.
No previous winter experience is needed for our winter skills course, however, a degree of hill fitness is ideal to get the most out of the course.

Course programme

The night before: We’ll meet up with all the other winter skills course participants and run through the kit that you have, issue hired kit and discuss what you need to carry for each day.

Winter skills day 1:

Winter skills including walking on snow and ice, using crampons, step cutting, ice axe braking and basic avalanche awareness.

Winter skills day 2:

Mountain journey including more detailed avalanche awareness, route choice, emergency snow shelters and applying the skills learnt on day 1.

Where will the course run?

All our courses are run in the West Highlands including areas such as Ben Nevis, Aonach Mor, Glencoe, Creag Meagaidh.
Or based in the  Cairngorms National Park.

As you are the one booking you can choose where your course will be and we can make suggestions where would be best.  If you have routes that you really want to climb we will do our best to make your aspirations come true.

Please follow this link to suggestions for accommodation.

Kit we provide.

Included in the price we provide :
helmets, harnesses, climbing hard wear such as lead rack, ice screws, karabiners, etc

If you have your own kit that’s great and of course you will prefer to use them but if you are flying or traveling by train to Scotland and space is a premium then feel free to use ours.

What do I need to bring?

You will need to bring clothing suitable for the demands of a Scottish winter, here is a Winter kit list for you to download and check through.

We often give advice to those buying new kit for the course.  We know what works through experience and can advise you on the best kit for you prior to the course.


All our winter skills courses are bespoke. This means that you choose the dates and book private bespoke course dates through our “mountain guide” page on our website.

All our courses are run either:

  • West Highlands includes areas such as Ben Nevis, Aonach Mor, Glencoe, Creag Meagaidh.
  • Or based in the  Cairngorms National Park.

Please click on the booking link in the next tab and scroll down to enable booking on dates that suit you best. It can be beneficial to drop us an email to see how availability is for the dates that suit you best.

Please follow this link for suggestions for accommodation.

Scottish winter prices

£275 for 1:1
£300 for 1:2
£325 for 1:3
£350 for 1:4

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Once you have booked online, you will receive a confirmation email for your booking with all the arrangements for your activity.

If you would like to email or chat please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Scottish winter prices

£275 for 1:1
£300 for 1:2
£325 for 1:3
£350 for 1:4