Winter Mountaineering Weekend Courses

Course Outline

These shorter courses start by checking the forecasts, your equipment, and outlining some of the factors that affect where we will go over the two days. A short journey by car or gondola is a good time to let your instructor know about any medical concerns or recent injuries.

Favourite destinations include Beinn a’ Chaorainn near Roybridge, Coire na Ciste on Ben Nevis, any of the north facing Glen Coe coires, and Aonach Mor via the Nevis Range gondola . These venues are never crowded but offer safe places to walk with crampons where you will practice using your axe to stop a slip becoming a fall.

Essential Winter Skills

In addition to winter navigation advice, you will receive coaching in movement, ropework and security on steep ground, avalanche avoidance and emergency responses.

Whilst the first day’s journey may be short on miles there will be plenty of interest as our local hills boast some of the most rugged and spectacular scenery in the UK and everybody has lots of questions and opinions to share!

Sunday’s itinerary begins as soon after breakfast as possible, aiming to be heading down from a summit for 4.30pm at the latest. If you are hoping to summit Ben Nevis, please consider one of our other courses, such as an introductory climbing weekend or a guided ascent from the north, via Ledge Route or Coire Leis.


We have held our prices at £150.00 per person for a second year. Please email or phone to discuss any aspect of your preparation for this course, but please read our Terms & Conditions and essential equipment pages first. We will send you a booking form to complete and a 10% deposit secures your place.