Mountaineering Scotland offers members the opportunity of either a weekend course or a series of one day courses. All our winter skills courses are currently based at Mill Cottage, Feshiebridge or from the Tiso Store in Aviemore, and are aimed at Mountaineering Scotland members who enjoy the Scottish hills in winter and wish to improve their competency and skill levels.
Fitness grade depends on course chosen: single day or weekend.
One day course: Grade 2. For
people who regularly climb hills/mountains. These courses are delivered on the
mountain, sometimes ‘off-track’ on rough terrain. Max distance 12km, max ascent
Weekend course: Grade 3. For people who regularly climb hills/mountains who wish to take it to the next level. The courses are delivered on the mountains sometimes ‘off-track’ and on rough scrambling terrain. Max distance 12km, max ascent 1000m per day.
Our winter skills courses cover the essential skills of walking with an axe and crampons, ice axe self- arrest, navigation, winter safety, avalanche avoidance and much more. It will not involve any use of a rope. The staffing ratio is 1:6. All our courses are staffed with highly experienced mountain instructors who hold either their Winter Mountaineering & Climbing Instructor award or Winter Mountain Leader award.
If you have any questions regarding the content of our winter skills courses, please contact Heather on 0778 886 1431.
Winter Skills two-day weekend courses are based in Aviemore. Accommodation is not included, although we are offering camping and use of cooking facilities nad toilets only at Mill Cottage.
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO THE EVER CHANGING SITUATION WITH REGARD TO COVID RESTRICTIONS WE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO OFFER ACCOMMODATION AT MILL COTTAGE. IF THIS IS THE CASE YOU MAY WISH TO CAMP OUTSIDE MILL COTTAGE OR RECEIVE A REFUND ON THE ACCOMMODATION AND FIND AN ALTERNATIVE. THE SITUATION WILL BE REVIEWED PRIOR TO YOUR COURSE. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING ON THIS.
One-day winter skills courses based in the Northern Cairngorms meeting at the Tiso Store in Aveimore, NO accommodation is included in the course fee.
You may wish to combine your one-day winter skills course with our winter navigation courses which run every Wednesday following the winter skills days.
To book onto one of our mountain safety courses, you need to be a member of Mountaineering Scotland. Thanks to your membership fees, we can subsidise the costs of our courses and offer them at these very affordable rates.
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Two-day courses - £90 (+£30 camping accommodation at Mill Cottage if required)
One-day courses - £45
The cost of the one day winter skills courses includes instruction only. Participants need to supply all their own kit for the course - a kit list will be provided.
To book onto one of our mountain safety courses, you need to be a member of Mountaineering Scotland. Thanks to your membership, we can subsidise the costs of our courses and offer you course prices at lower rates than most commercial providers.
Please take a look at our useful course information for booking and cancellation conditions.