Scottish Winter Skills
  • Scotland
  • 2 Days
  • 6 People to 1 instructor

Scottish Winter Skills

  • Hike
  • Hillwalking
  • Beginner
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Overview

Take your first step to enjoying the mountains in winter with our intensive, two-day winter skills course based in Glen Coe. You'll gain confidence in a wide range of winter specific skills, including how to choose and use winter equipment, basic winter navigation, safety and avalanche risk assessment. Our friendly, highly experienced instructors will make sure that you have covered what you need to know to explore the mountains all year round.

This course will be delivered from our scenic winter base in Scotland, the Alltshellach Hotel in North Ballachulish.

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Can I book privately?

Yes. If you would like to book a private course then give us a call to discuss your needs.

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The Objectives

We aim to cover the following topics:

  • What to wear and what to take with you on a winter day
  • Use of crampons and movement in winter
  • Use of the ice axe, including ice axe arrest
  • Managing your safety in winter
  • Basic winter navigation skills
  • Avalanche risk asessment

Itinerary

* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.


Given the nature of this course, venues and day-to-day activities are weather and snow-dependent and decisions regarding the exact day's programme will be decided by the course director each morning. The whole group will meet for a morning briefind on both days, allowing you to share the decision-making process with experienced instructors.

Experience Required

You should be a keen summer hillwalker with a desire to head out in winter.

Why Choose Plas y Brenin?

Our instructors are some of the UK’s most experienced. We train other instructors and help to write the national syllabuses for NGB qualifications in mountaineering, paddlesports, cycling and climbing. Our goal is to teach you skills to last a lifetime, and at Plas y Brenin you know you are getting training from the best.

If your course is based at Plas y Brenin, the price includes accommodation for the night before, and the duration of your time here. If you’re staying with us, we also provide delicious meals to keep you going as you learn, meaning you can concentrate on enjoying yourself. We may also be able to arrange a transfer from Llandudno Junction train station, subject to availability. We would need a minimum of one week’s notice prior to your course start date – please contact reception to learn more.

When it comes to equipment, at Plas y Brenin we have a wide range of top-quality kit for you to use, all included in your course fee. This means if you’re just starting out, there’s no need to rush out and buy a load of expensive gear, and if you’re already pretty well kitted-out, it’s a great chance to try something new.

Your instruction, accommodation, meals, in-course transport and equipment hire are all included in the price. You'll stay at Alltshellach, a fantastic hotel owned and run by HF Holidays in comfy en-suite rooms (normally shared). The hotel has efficient drying rooms so when you come in from a day out you can dry out any kit for the next day and there are also laudry facilities. The hotel has three comfy lounges to relax in, one of which has free WiFi plus a swimming pool to ease aching muscles. There is also a cosy bar to relax in and is always well stocked with Scottish whisky and local beer. Alltshellach also has a handy shop for any little essentials you may have forgotten such maps, poles, socks, gaiters, sit mats, postcards and a range of toiletries. You'll stay at Alltshellach, a fantastic hotel owned and run by HF Holidays in comfy en-suite rooms (normally shared). The hotel has efficient drying rooms so when you come in from a day out you can dry out any kit for the next day and

What do I need to bring?
Equipment List
How should I prepare?
Preparation guide
Course Schedule

Start your training

Length
2 Days
Start Date
15th February, 2020
Spaces left
6
Cost
£310
Length
2 Days
Start Date
22nd February, 2020
Spaces left
6
Cost
£310
Length
2 Days
Start Date
29th February, 2020
Spaces left
6
Cost
£310
This course will help you become

More confident in winter skills and ready for the next level

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