Scottish Winter Skills Course

Scottish Winter Skills Course

From £425
Grade: Introductory
2 mountain days Guide Ratio: 1:6

An ideal course for hill walkers who want to learn the essential skills needed to enjoy winter walking. A good level of hill walking fitness required.

The Scottish Winter Skills course is ideal for hill walkers who want to learn the essential skills needed to enjoy winter walking. The mountains around Glencoe and Ben Nevis provide some of the best and most reliable winter walking and climbing conditions in Britain, suitable for beginners and experts alike. The course will teach you the use of ice axe and crampons, ice axe arrest and avalanche avoidance all under the expert guidance of our instructors. A good level of hill walking fitness is required. The course includes 2 days' instruction.

The Scottish Winter Skills course will cover the following:

  • Basic snowcraft
  • Use of ice axe and crampons
  • Ice axe arrest
  • Ascent of a classic Munro (mountain over 3000ft)
  • Winter weather and avalanche avoidance

Previous Experience

For the Scottish Winter Skills course all you need is a good level of fitness and enjoyment of long days on the British hills in summer.

Additional Information

The course will run with a minimum of two people. Please do not make non-refundable travel arrangements until you have verified that your course is confirmed to run.

Accommodation is booked from the night of your arrival with instruction starting the following morning. Check out is normally the morning of your final day unless you have booked an additional night. This is booked on a twin or double room basis: however single rooms will be provided where there is not a member of the same sex to share with. Single rooms and additional nights can be requested at an extra cost.

Dates & Prices

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DatesAvailabilityDays Price Select
27th Jan 2023 - 29th Jan 2023 Closed3 £425
3rd Mar 2023 - 5th Mar 2023 Guaranteed3 £425 Book Now
17th Mar 2023 - 19th Mar 2023 Spaces3 £425 Book Now

* A deposit of £150 will be required at checkout.


Extras can be added per-person when you book onto a date

1 Extra night B&B - per night (if booked through us) £42
1 Extra night DB&B - per night (if booked through us) £72
2 Extra nights B&B - per night (if booked through us) £84
2 Extra nights DB&B - per night (if booked through us) £144
Single room supplement £24 per night - 2 nights £48

* A deposit of £200 (or the full extra price, whichever is lower) will be required at checkout for each extra added per-person on this trip

What's Included

  • Instruction
  • Full board accommodation with three course evening meals & packed lunches, starting with breakfast on the first morning through to packed lunch on the day of departure. Bar meals can be purchased until 8.30pm on the day of your arrival
  • Ropes and technical equipment (excluding personal kit such as harness/crampons, ice axe, and helmet)
  • 15% off the RRP of clothing and equipment purchases from The Expedition shop

What's Excluded

  • Travel to Scotland
  • Evening meal on arrival and drinks
  • Personal equipment
  • Uplift by cable car on Aonach Mor or the White Corries
  • Entry to the ice wall at the Ice Factor in the event of severe weather



Warm trousers – windproof & quick drying
Fleece – lightweight
Mid-layer top – windproof & quick drying
Synthetic jacket – main insulation layer
Baselayer tops – wicking layer
Pair of insulated mitts – big and warm
Two pairs of winter gloves – warm with a tough palm
Two pairs of thermal gloves
Two pairs of thick socks
Two pairs of thin liner socks
*Boots– B2 rated, waterproof
Warm hat
Balaclava or buff
Gaiters – to fit over bigger, winter boots
Waterproof jacket – breathable material (shower-proof items are insufficient)
Waterproof trousers – full length side zips are useful
(For winter skills courses you may wish to also bring an older waterproof shell for practising ice axe arrest)


Rucksack – 35-45 litres
*Ice Axe
Trekking poles
Thermos flask – unbreakable metal type
Water bottle – wide neck to prevent freezing
Goggles – clear or yellow lenses
Head torch, plus spare batteries
Sunscreen – at least factor 15
Map – covering Ben Nevis & Glencoe
Map case
Compass – big base plate to use with gloves
Survival bag
Small personal first aid kit (blister plasters, tape, paracetamol)
Tupperware box for sandwiches

*These items can be hired.

If you have any queries about kit please don't hesitate to contact us on 015394 33794. 

We can offer a 15% discount off the recommended retail price on your winter equipment needs. All our equipment can be viewed at our online shop:


A. Smith · 3 years ago ·

Despite our 3 day course coinciding with 'Storm Dennis' our guide (Phil) was superb and we managed to cover all aspects of the course as advertised. Safety first was Phil's guiding mantra which was very important as my 13.5y old son completed the course also. Due to my son's age there was a possibility our course could have been ''down-risked''. However, this was not the case and we both had an extremely exhilarating adventure, learned lots of new skills and were physically pushed almost to our limits. Phil was fully responsible for the aforementioned and I would recommend him to any future adventure seekers.
Ascending a good way up Observatory Gully on the North face of Ben Nevis was the highlight of the course. Loads of snow, very steep climb with conditions most definitely similar to a stormy day in the alps. Altogether a very enjoyable and challenging trip... a great instructor guided us through a thrilling adventure.

Malcolm · 3 years ago ·

Staff very friendly and knowledgeable, booking etc very easy, experience on the mountains was just right i.e. some challenge, lots of learning. Great instructor (Lucy), knew when to push us a little to get outside our comfort zone but while always feeling safe.

Rob · 4 years ago ·

Lucy was a superb leader. She managed the three days perfectly to suit the capabilities and wishes of the group. She was able to be directive as a leader must be but without being dictatorial. I learned a lot from her little talks on subjects such as flora and fauna, snow types, avalanches, refreshers on basic techniques, weather forecasting etc. I would happily go onto the hills with her again...we had three really good strenuous days on the hills, helped by the good weather on two of the days. The Western Highlands area is magnificent when seen from the top of a snow covered Munro. It was also good to interact with the other groups over dinner and meet new people. The manager of the hotel was particularly helpful as I sorted out changes to my travel arrangements.

Kevin H · 4 years ago ·

Everything was very well organised and at no point was I made to feel uncomfortable about asking questions or doing anything risky. Having one to one tuition was a real bonus and John was a great teacher and good company on the hill. Very knowledgeable, put me at my ease and infinitely patient! Good guy. I truthfully can't fault my experience. My highlight was putting into action all that I'd been learning over the previous days on the last day. Climbing in the Mamores with good weather and lots of snow was a brilliant experience and the ridge walking was a truly wonderful experience. This is a really well-run course and I will definitely be returning in the future.

Suzanne · 4 years ago ·

A great weekend despite the snow conditions [being] unusually sparse! The hotel was perfect with great food and very welcoming. Our instructor Phil was fantastic - relaxed, understanding and adapted the training as needed. He's friendly and knowledgeable. In challenging weather conditions with wind, rain and a lack of snow he delivered as much winter skills training as was possible. The hired kit was good quality, the avalanche awareness evening great fun. I will definitely come back another time. A thoroughly enjoyable course!

Anon · 4 years ago ·

A good experience. Great view from the room. Very friendly staff and excellent food. [Phil, course instructor was] a top bloke. [Highlight was] day 3 - putting what we were taught into practice.

Rob · 4 years ago ·

Quality coaching and very well organised. Graham [instructor] was great, I learned lots, he also had some great stories and examples. Quick mention for Chris too, went out of his way to check we were happy and his briefings were great. Loved it, would recommend and I'll be back for more next year.

Simon · 5 years ago ·

Three enjoyable days in the hills with a competent instructor. Learned and practised a lot of basic techniques and info on snow and avalanche risk. Also experience of poor visibility - useful lesson that a single weekend course isn't enough to become a competent navigator in bad weather. Very decent country hotel with good food and ale. Pleasant atmosphere meeting people on a range of courses and experience/abilities over dinner and in the bar. I had confidence in the instructor. He was considerate of the ability of party members and coached rather than hectored or lectured.

Robin · 5 years ago ·

Excellent service and motivation...and the evening meals were excellent

Anon · 5 years ago ·

Course instructor was a nice down to earth chap who managed to be good fun and very knowledgeable and approachable for any advice...the highlights were the people I met and the skills gained to proceed in future in winter conditions.

Barry · 6 years ago ·

We had a great weekend, David was an excellent guide, gets the job done, with a relaxed fun attitude. The instruction he gave us and his general approach to his job was excellent, couldn't fault in anyway. Two great days in the mountains, learned a lot, was a great way to see Scotland for first time. I would definitely recommend Adventure Peaks.

Nicolle · 8 years ago ·

Despite the lashings of rain, sleet and occasional snow, I have had a fantastic time on this 2 day course.

Our leader Mike was just amazing with the confidence he instilled in us to go out on to the hills in the snow. He was patient, and knew exactly how to pitch this course for all of us in our group.

I felt privileged to have him as our leader and also lucky to have 2 wonderful people with whom I completed the course with. Good luck to Mike and thank you so much.

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