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Two day Practical Winter Skills course

  • The Mountain Cafe

    111 Grampian Road, Aviemore (map)

    57.189587 -3.829333

  • Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th February 2017 based at Aviemore and operating in Coire an t-Sneachda and surrounding area.

    We will meet at 0900 in the car park of the Mountain Cafe, 111 Grampian Road, Aviemore for a kit check prior to making our way to Cairngorm Mountain ski area car park.

    This is a two day practical winter skills course designed to introduce you to a range of core skills that will enable you to enjoy and move about the mountains in winter conditions, competently and confidently.

    We will cover appropriate winter kit, movement on snow, including kicking steps, use of the ice axe for walking, cutting steps and ice axe arrest. Use of crampons, safe route choice and basic avalanche awareness. Core techniques of winter navigation and emergency procedures.

    You will need to bring multiple layers of warm clothing, an insulating jacket, waterproof jacket and trousers, hat, balaclava, gloves, mittens, goggles and a head torch. Sufficient food and drink for an extended day on the hills.

    Ice axe, B2 rated stiff soled boots, crampons and a helmet are required to participate in this course. These items can be hired from outlets such as should you not have your own yet.

    Contact me to discuss your winter skills course and any questions you may have prior to booking.

    A variety of accommodation options are available in Aviemore, including Hostels, B&B and Hotels. Buses and trains are frequent as it is on the main routes to Inverness from the Central Belt.

    Cost is £100 per person (maximum group size is 8)

    Book your place now on my website at

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