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Winter Skills Training Courses

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

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 600m

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 at Mill Cottage in Glen Feshie.  Two nights self catering accommodation IS included in the course fee.   

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.

  • Sat 12th & Sun 13th Dec 2020  - start time 8pm Friday 11th - Places available - due to COVID travel restrictions we are currently taking bookings from people living in tier 1 and 2 areas ONLY.  Click here for further info and booking.
  • Sat 9th & Sun 10th Jan 2021 - start time 8pm Friday 8th - Fully booked - please contact us for waiting list
  • Sat 16th & Sun 17th Jan 2021 - start time 8pm Fri 15th - Fully booked - please contact us for waiting list

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.

  • Tue 5th Jan 2021 Fully booked (please contact us for waiting list)
  • Tue 12th Jan 2021- Fully booked (please contact us for waiting list)
  • Tue 19th Jan 2021 - Fully booked (please contact us for waiting list)
  • Tue 26th Jan 2021 - Fully booked (please contact us for waiting list)

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. 

Not a member? Join us from just £24.50 for your first year - click here to join.

Two-day courses - £120

The cost of the course includes: Two days instruction and self-catering accommodation/camping on Friday and Saturday nights at Mill Cottage.  Participants need to supply all their own kit for the course - a kit list will be provided.


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.

  • Mountaineering Scotland members can book and pay easily and quickly online in our members’ web portal
  • If you are not a Mountaineering Scotland member, you can join quickly and easily online in our members web portal.

Please take a look at our useful course information for booking and cancellation conditions.

  • Fantastic instructors, well organised course, brilliant accommodation, amazing food, great helpful staff
  • I've done three courses with MCofS and have really enjoyed each one. They are excellent value and I'm always telling people about them!
  • Heather has a brilliant technique for training. Getting the info across in a fun but professional way. Lots of top tips. I have been on a course previously with Heather as the instructor, and on both occasions thoroughly enjoyed my time & learned a lot.
  • Excellent value course and good content covered given that we only had 1 day
  • The course was fantastic. Demonstration of an evolving avalache risk by "getting up close" was something I shall never forget.
  • This was an exceptionally good day especially for the money that it cost - it was a great foundation to build on and it means that we can venture out onto the hill in a safer manner which is in the long run a priceless - makes me very happy to be a member of and support the MCofS if thats the sort of thing that is offered. Brilliant.
  • The instructors were great, the accommodation and food was amazing and it was unbelievably cheap especially considering how great it was.
  • I learned a huge amount and consolidated some of the things I've learned already.  It was also a reminder to be prepared for everything!