A winter skills course is strongly recommended for any hill walker who intends to venture on to the Scottish hills during the months when winter conditions may be encountered in the hills (October to late April).
The charity, Mountain Aid, are again running FREE 1 day winter skills courses this year. Typically a 1 day course like these will set you back about £100.
Courses are being held in Aviemore on the 21st and 22nd January and Glencoe on the 11th and 12th February.
Please see the Mountain Aid website http://www.mountainaid.org.uk/ for more information.
Places on these courses are in high demand so it is essential to book early, by contacting [masked]. An RSVP on this site does not get you a space.
Courses are aimed at mountain / hill walkers, not technical (as in roped) climbers.
You will typically learn such skills as footwork when walking in snow, step kicking, how to use an ice-axe to avoid slipping/falling, how to stop yourself sliding downhill if you do slip/fall, how to walk on icy ground with crampons etc, how to spot/avoid dangerous snow conditions. All of these are essential for anyone who wishes to walk in the hills when snow and/or ice is present (which can be any time from October through to the end of April).