Winter Skills Course


3 days

Fort William, West Highlands

£255 per person

2019 DATES
1 - 3 March (5 places available)

People On Mountain

The 3 day winter skills course is for anyone looking to gain the skills to go winter walking in snowy terrain. It will give you a core understanding of winter environments, and the confidence to strike on your own. No previous experience necessary.

Winter Skills Course content

We will cover the following areas:

  • Use of an ice axe and crampons
  • Movement skills on snow, ice and rock
  • Winter navigation
  • Poor visibility navigation
  • Recovering from a fall, including techniques for ice-axe arrest
  • Emergency snow shelters

We will also be looking at:

  • Planning a journey and route choice
  • Basic weather forecasting and knowledge
  • Avalanche awareness
  • Clothing and equipment

Course Location

Fort William, Scottish Highlands



We will discuss any specific kit requirements with you when you make a booking.


Minimum Requirements

No previous experience required. We adapt the course to your specific requirements, though it’s as well to bear in mind that winter conditions in the Scottish Highlands can be demanding, and a fair degree of fitness and determination would be beneficial. If in doubt about whether the course is suitable for you, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Typical Winter Skills course layout

Each day of our winter skills course we would spend time assessing the weather, snow and avalanche conditions, in order to learn about safe route planning and detecting potential avalanche terrain.


Day 1

We will look at ice axe and crampon use, movement on snow and ice, some navigation, and how to keep yourself safe in a winter environment, i.e ice axe arrests.


Day 2

We look at consolidating the skills learnt on day one, and we go on a journey.  Looking at some steeper terrain and emergency shelters.


Day 3

We will look at consolidating all of the skills learnt, and will try and pass some of the ownership over to you, i.e. route planning.  Hopefully by the end of our winter skills course, you will have the confidence to go out by yourself.


The course content and location tends to be dictated to us by the weather, so the winter skills course layout can change.

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