Welsh Winter Skills
  • Plas y Brenin
  • 2 Days
  • 6 People to 1 instructor

Welsh Winter Skills

  • Hike
  • Mountaineering
  • Beginner
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Overview

Up your winter walking game with our intensive, two-day winter skills course in spectacular Snowdonia scenery. On Welsh Winter Skills you'll gain confidence with a wide range of winter specific mountaineering concerns, including how to choose and use winter equipment, basic winter navigation, and safety. Our friendly, highly experienced instructors will make sure that you have covered what you need to know to make navigating winter landscapes safer for you, leaving you to explore the countryside with greater freedom year-round.

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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

- You'll gain the confidence to go hillwalking in Wales and England in winter.

- You’ll know how to keep yourself safe and comfortable in changeable conditions out on the hill, and will be able to kit yourself out, and fit winter specific kit such as crampons properly.

- You’ll have a basic knowledge of winter specific concerns, including avalanche awareness, navigation in poor visibility, and self-arrest.

Itinerary

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

What to Expect


You'll cover what to wear, what to carry, and how to respond to a weather forecast, with a practical session on selecting, fitting, and carrying in a classroom session before heading out onto the hills. We'll also cover winter navigation, avalanche, and what to do in an emergency. You'll learn crampon and ice axe techniques, and have guidance on winter clothing and personal comfort. You'll get time to develop your new skills in the mountains, taking in the stunning Snowdonia winter scenery. The Welsh winter can be fickle, and snow and ice conditions cannot be guaranteed. Throughout the course we'll take a flexible approach to the programme to make the best possible use of the prevailing conditions. If there is no snow the course will still run.

Experience Required

You should have some summer hillwalking experience, but no previous winter walking experience is needed.

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.

We want to help you focus on achieving your goals so if you're staying with us, comfortable accommodation (with WIFI included) and good food are part of the deal, you don't need to think about sorting this out for yourself. Support is on hand from our friendly, and exceptionally well qualified staff, to help develop your understanding and personal skills. They also help you to formulate an appropriate action plan for your further development.

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

Start your training

Length
2 Days
Start Date
30th November, 2019
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6
Res Cost
£267
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2 Days
Start Date
4th January, 2020
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6
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£267
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2 Days
Start Date
11th January, 2020
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6
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£267
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2 Days
Start Date
18th January, 2020
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6
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£267
Length
2 Days
Start Date
25th January, 2020
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6
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£267
Length
2 Days
Start Date
30th January, 2020
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6
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£267
Length
2 Days
Start Date
1st February, 2020
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6
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£267
Length
2 Days
Start Date
8th February, 2020
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6
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£267
Length
2 Days
Start Date
15th February, 2020
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6
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£267
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2 Days
Start Date
19th February, 2020
Spaces left
6
Res Cost
£267
Length
2 Days
Start Date
22nd February, 2020
Spaces left
6
Res Cost
£267
This course will help you become

more competent and confident in the winter hills and ready to attend one of our winter courses in Scotland.

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