Professional mountain training and guiding in the Scottish Highlands
** Vouchers can be bought for our Winter Skills Courses for your friends and family to redeem at their leisure. Click here for more info **
Our Winter Skills courses will teach you how to enjoy the winter environment in safety and experience a landscape that will take your breath away. Dates and prices are at the bottom of the page.
Highland Ascents’ Winter Skills Courses are directed by a professionally qualified instructor who is responsible for running winter training for Mountain Rescue as well as Highland Ascents.
The Munros under the cover of snow are a beautiful sight, but without the winter skills and knowledge required to move around them safely, they can be lethal. Conditions underfoot can vary from hard ice to deep unstable snow and navigational features like paths, lochans and fences disappear under deep drifts. Daylight hours are short and the weather can be considerably more extreme. Add to this a very real risk of avalanche and you can see why venturing into the high mountains at this time of year demands that you know what you are doing.
On our Winter Skills Courses you will learn how to manage these risks and:
We run two different lengths of Winter Skills courses.
A great introduction to the skills needed to look after yourself in the Scottish mountains.
We run two different types of course: an ‘open’ 2-day course where you will join other like-minded clients and also a private course if you would prefer benefits of 1:1 instruction, such as being able to learn at your own pace and having the course tailor-made to your requirements and skill level. Prices for both options are below.
A typical itinerary for our 2-day course follows:
A comprehensive course covering all the skills you need to look after yourself in the Scottish mountains, with the opportunity to put these into practice as we journey into the high mountains, taking in the summits of several classic winter Munros.
We run two different types of course: an ‘open’ 4-day course where you will join other like-minded clients and also a private course if you would prefer benefits of 1:1 instruction, such as being able to learn at your own pace and having the course tailor-made to your requirements and skill level. Prices for both options are below.
A typical itinerary for our 4-day course follows:
Dates and prices: are shown in the table below.
Other dates are also available, weekends and mid-week throughout the season. Note: if a course is full, it can be worth getting in touch anyway, as often there is enough demand to run a second course. Similarly, if you are looking for an open course and the dates don’t match, just ask as we may be able to advertise additional dates to fit with your diary.
|Course||Price per person|
- open course
|Price per person
- private course
|Introduction to Winter Skills - 2 day course|
Other dates are also possible, especially mid-week. Just get in touch to check availability.
Sat 18 & Sun 19 December 2021: Aviemore/Cairngorms
Sat 8 & Sun 9 January 2022: Aviemore/Cairngorms - nearly full
Sat 22 & Sun 23 January 2022: Aviemore/Cairngorms
Sat 5 & Sun 6 February 2022: Glencoe/Fort William
Sat 19 & Sun 20 February 2022: Glencoe/Fort William
Sat 5 & Sun 6 March 2022: Glencoe/Fort William
Sat 19 & Sun 20 March 2022: Glencoe/Fort William
April onwards dates TBC dependent on snow conditions
|£170||1:1 course £360
Add extra group members for £90pp and share the overall cost
|Winter Skills & Summits - 4 day course|
Other dates are also possible. Just get in touch to check availability.
Mon 17 to Thurs 20 January 2022: Aviemore/Cairngorms
Mon 7 to Thurs 10 February 2022: Glencoe/Fort William - nearly full
Tue 15 to Fri 18 February 2022: Glencoe/Fort William - ** FULL **
Sat 26 Feb to Tues 1 March 2022: Glencoe/Fort William - nearly full
Other dates March onwards TBC - get in touch if you have a request.
|£350||1:1 course £720
Add extra group members for £180pp and share the overall cost
Click here to make a booking or to find out more. You can also contact us by telephone on 07702 942980.
Accommodation & transport: You will need to source your own accommodation & transport to the meet point each morning. The meet point will vary depending on conditions on the mountain and the ambitions/skill level of the group. For courses in the west, consider accommodation in the Ballachulish/Glencoe areas. For those in the east, Aviemore works well.
Ages and abilities: The winter environment can be extremely challenging, so this course is for adults only and for those who already have experience of long days hill walking in the high mountains of the UK. Fitness is important as days are long, approaches generally tough and packs heavy.
Group sizes and ratios: Our instructor to client ratio never exceeds 1:6
Kit: We will share a kit list with you when you book, but you will need warm and waterproof clothing, crampon compatible boots and crampons. You will also need a walking/alpine axe. Boots, crampons & ice axes are available to hire at a competitive rate. We can offer advice on all kit when you book.