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Winter Skills 5 day

  • Location Scotland
  • Price from £395.00
  • Walking / Hiking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Multi-activity
  • Learn new skills
  • Microadventure


Our five-day winter skills course, based in Aviemore, Scotland is designed to equip you with the skills to become independent in the mountains in Scottish winter and further afield. It will give you the techniques, skill and confidence to explore safely with the knowledge that if conditions deteriorate then, you can look after yourself. We also try and take in some summits during the course and if conditions are favourable we will spend the night in a snow hole.
Any technical equipment, crampons, ice axe and helmet is included in price

Avalanche awareness/avoidance and its implications for safe route choice

Effectively planning your days in the mountains, using weather and avalanche forecasts

Appropriate choice and use of equipment and clothing suitable for winter hillwalking

How to be efficient with your snow craft; focusing on efficient footwork; use of the ice axe for self-belay, step cutting and self arrest

Emergency procedures, digging shelters

Core, fundamental navigation techniques for winter travel

Day 1

We meet and chat through the day, and what people want to get from the five days. We then look at the weather and avalanche forecast and talk through the options. On the snow, we concentrate on good footwork and efficient movement, thinking about prevention is better than cure! Then we will look at what to do if we do take a slide.

Day 2

Today we go on a bit of journey to practise our skills from yesterday, thinking about why and when we make decisions with the aim of developing our techniques on different terrain, slopes, building confidence. We will also look at emergency procedures and what to do if we get caught out in adverse conditions.

Day 3

Day three we can put our skills into practise with climbing to a summit, adding some navigation throughout the day while refining your technique to save energy and be efficient with your snow craft.

Day 4

Day four we navigate our way towards our snow hole site for the night, we then start digging! We will show you techniques to try and minimise wet kit and to make the night as comfortable as possible.

Day 5

The last day is a case of packing up, navigating our way out with the opportunity to run through any skills that you would like to cover on the way out. Time for well-earned cake and coffee!

This adventure is perfect for individuals and small groups, and can be tailored for:

  • Corporates

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Effort Level

You’ll be working up a sweat. Bring along a touch of enthusiasm and a little determination

  • Chilled
  • Active
  • Tough


Not-provided Accommodation

Accommodation is not provided as standard but we will be happy to help arrange it for you. Please message us to arrange!

    What's included

  • Transportation On-course transport.
  • Food
  • Drink
  • Equipment Equipment supplied by SRW > Crampons > Ice axe > Helmet > Shovels > Group shelter > First Aid kit > Photos from your course​
  • Other Highly experienced & qualified guide.

    What you'll need

  • Waterproofs Quality waterproofs i.e. Gore-tex or similar, B2-B3 style boots > Hat, waterproof gloves plus spares x 2 minimum
  • Food Lunch & warm drink
  • Other Winter walking socks (We advise wearing 2-3 thinner layers rather than one thick layer so you can adjust your temperature during the activity). 4 season sleeping bag to snow hole if the conditions are favourable Wicking base layers, top & bottoms Rucksack 30-40ltr Goggles, double clear lens recommended Head torch, plus spare batteries Balaclava and neck gaiter


Custom Policy

  • Cancel before 31 days of your adventure and receive a 75% refund (minus payment processing fees).
  • Cancel within 30 days of the adventure with no refund.
  • Alternate dates may be able to be agreed at no additional cost, but this is not guaranteed.




Scottish Rock & Water

Scottish Rock & Water

Scottish Rock & Water is the experience provider for Winter Skills 5 day