Active Outdoor Pursuits Winter Skills (2)

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Course Dates Winter 2018/2019

Dec 29th 1 Day Course

Dec 29th – 30th 2 Day Course

Jan 3rd  1 Day Course

Jan 3rd & 4th  2 Day Course

Feb 2nd  1 Day Course

Feb 2nd & 3rd  2 Day Course

Feb 7th – 10th 4 Day Course

Feb 18th – 21st  4 Day Course

Mar 9th  1 Day Course

Mar 9th & 10th  2 Day Course

Additional Course dates may be available; please send an enquiry.

Course content

  • Use of ice axes & crampons / Step cutting / Avalanche Awareness / Route planning / Navigation / Winter weather awareness / Dealing with emergencies / Snow holes & emergency shelters (5 Day) / Rope work and belaying (5 Day) / Grade 1/2 gully climb (5 Day)

Active Winter Skills Course


  • “Thanks for a great day learning how to use crampons and to do self arrests & I am feeling very proud of myself. Your instructor was very professional and patient.” Abbey Clarke, March 2015

  • “Returning customer to Active and again they have delivered one of the top winter skills weekends for my group of scouts! Fully catered weekend at Craigower Lodge suited our needs and all the boys on the weekend thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Will be returning again in 2017” Marcus Angus Feb 2016

  • “Booked a private weekend to learn Winter navigation and how to use crampons. Fantastic guide i had, accommodation was spot on and looking forward to putting my newly learnt skills into practice. Thanks for the experience” Neil Edmonds, March 2016

  • “A great 5 days spent in the Scottish Mountains. Learning how to use crampons and doing the self arrests were the highlight of the week. Highly recommend these guys to take you out!” Alex Pritchard Feb, 2016

Winter Skills

The Winter Skills days & courses are designed to teach you the fundamentals of hill walking in Winter conditions.  Covering winter skills; Navigation, Use of Crampons & ice axes, Walking safely in Snow & Avalanche awareness.  You will get to develop your skills and learn new techniques.

Courses are based at Cairngorms Adventure Centre and use the Northern Corries and Cairngorm Plateau, one of Scotland’s finest and most accessible high mountain areas, thus maximising your learning time.  Other areas that we may use are; Creag Meagaidh & the Monadhliath Mountains.


Winter Skills 1 Day, 2 Day & 4 Day Courses

Days 1 Day 2 Day 4 Day
Per Person* £75 £140 £300
Private 1:1 £225 £450

Private courses for groups and individuals are available, please Contact Us for a bespoke quote.

Price Includes; Instruction / Guiding & all Technical Equipment

Our Winter Skills equipment is Salewa, Black Diamond, Millet & Scarpa.  We have a large selection boot sizes & crampons to suit all client requirements.

What to bring? Essential clothing for the days/courses; waterproofs, base layers, warm layers, gloves (x2 pairs at least), 40+L rucksack, hat, buff.  Ski goggles are desirable.


Those booking on to Winter Skill days / courses should have mountain walking experience.

Need Accommodation?

Accommodation is available at Cairngorms Adventure Centre. An affiliate with Hosteling Scotland (SYHA).  The lodge offers self catered accommodation; shared dorms or private rooms.  Catering can be provided for groups of 10 or more. There is a drying room, open lounge, large kitchen, free wi-fi and friendly & helpful staff to make your stay with us enjoyable this Winter.

Active Outdoor Pursuits Winter Skills; Cairngorms National Park 2018

Active Outdoor Pursuits Winter Skills Glencoe 2018

Active Outdoor Pursuits: Winter Walking & Winter Skills The Cairngorms 2017