Dates for 2019/2020 Course released shortly


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 Courses

Winter Skills Courses in Scotland

Winter Skills Courses are becoming more popular with more people looking to head to the mountains in Winter.  Having the techniques to do they safely highly recommended and obtained through booking on to one of our a Winter Skills Courses.  The Winter Skills days & courses are designed to teach you the fundamentals of hill walking in Winter conditions.  You will get to develop your skills and learn new techniques.  Covering Navigation, Use of Crampons & ice axes, Walking safely in Snow, introduction of rope work, & Avalanche awareness.

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 Courses: 1 Day, 2 Day & 4 Day

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

Private Winter Skills Courses in Scotland for groups and individuals are available, please Contact Us for a bespoke quote.

Price Includes; Instruction / Guiding & all Technical Equipment

Our Winter Skills Courses 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.  Gaiters are desirable.


Those booking on to Winter Skills Courses should have mountain walking experience.

Need Accommodation?

Booked Winter skills in Aviemore & just needing 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 in Scotland; Glencoe 2018

Active Outdoor Pursuits: Winter Walking & Winter Skills in Scotland; The Cairngorms 2017

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