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Student Winter Skills Weekend 2025 

Access to subsidised mountain skills courses and lectures is one of the key benefits of being a Mountaineering Scotland club member. As well as being able to book a place on our general course programme, we organise training activities tailored especially for our university and college clubs.

Supported by:

The Winter Sports Legacy Fund, managed by the sportscotland Trust Company (Charity No. SC020175)

This training weekend will give participants a strong grounding in a range of essential skills for venturing into Scotland's mountains in winter that they can build upon in the future and share with fellow club members.

We will cover route-planning, navigation, winter safety, avalanche avoidance, walking with ice axe and crampons, ice axe self-arrest, and much more (conditions permitting). It will not involve any use of ropes. The staffing ratio is 1:6.

  • 17 - 19 January 2025 (Friday evening to Sunday 5pm)
  • Location: Glenmore Lodge, Aviemore, PH22 1QZ

  • Number of places: 60

  • Price per student: £TBC (includes two nights' accommodation, meals and equipment)

  • Please read our booking and cancellation conditions before booking your place - course fees are non-refundable.

Our student courses are increasingly popular, so to avoid disappointment, we are introducing a new way of booking some events this year, to allocate places fairly.


Club allocated spaces

  • To ensure your club is included in this event, please could a club representative email us with how many places their club is likely to book.  Please get in touch as soon as possible.
  • All places must be paid for in advance of the course.

Book online, registered members only

  • Individual club members can book and pay for their course place themselves, or, club officials can book and pay for a group of members on behalf of the club, all through our members online portal.
  • A student must have an active Mountaineering Scotland membership at the time of booking, which means a club needs to register any new members with us in advance of them being able to book their place. Club secretaries/treasurers can do this quickly and easily, directly through their members online portal login, or, can send us a spreadsheet with new members’ full contact details and we will upload a large number of new members on your behalf.
  • When a course place is booked, each student will receive an email confirmation with joining instructions.
  • All memberships and course places, including those booked by invoice, must be paid for before the course.


Group bookings

If clubs would like to manage the course booking at a committee level and make a group booking as a club official, please note, we require the following information at the time of booking for each course participant:

  • Emergency contact name
  • Emergency contact email
  • Emergency contact phone number
  • Relevant health or medical issues or allergies
  • Special dietary requirements
  • Relevant disabilities or impairments 

If you have any questions about this course, how to book or how to use our members portal, please get in touch with our membership team on 01738 493942.

  • I recently attended the Student Winter Skills course and absolutely loved it. It was so incredibly useful, I feel a lot more confident heading out in winter now.
  • It was a fantastic weekend and one of those rare occasions where you find the hype is much lived up to, and some! I was surprised how much practical material we managed to get through over the weekend, and appreciated the work you and your colleagues all put in to trying to get us all out in the hills and learning in your big Cairngorm Classroom.