4 Day Winter Skills & Snowholing courses

Four Days Winter Skills Course in the Cairngorms, Aviemore & Scotland. Select your start date on the calendar – days 2, 3 and 4 are automatically added. Our four day Winter Skills Courses include an overnight Snowhole expedition weather and conditions permitting.

Private Instruction

Your personal itinerary available any day – select 1 person above the calendar regardless

Take a look at our Two and Two day courses as well:

One Day Course.

Two Day Course.

Winter Skills & Snowholing Courses in Scotland

Our Four day winter skills and snowholing training courses in the Cairngorms, Aviemore & throughout Scotland are designed to ensure you have the skills and knowledge to travel safely in the high mountains in winter conditions. All our four day courses also include a Snowholing expedition in Aviemore & the Cairngorms or wherever looks best in Scotland weather and conditions permitting. These essential skills will be learned and developed throughout your chosen course. The Winter Skills days will utilise the Cairngorms to teach you the fundamentals of hill walking in Winter conditions.

You will get to develop your winter skills and learn new techniques. These include navigation, use of crampons & ice axes, walking safely in the snow, snow-pack analysis, the use of transceivers (including search and rescue techniques), emergency shelters/snowholing expeditions, introduction to rope work, & avalanche awareness/evaluation.

Our winter skills are based at the 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, Ben Nevis & Glencoe.

Included in the winter skills course

  • On-course transport
  • Instruction (as outlined)
  • Technical equipment (if required)
  • Snow-holing expedition weather and equipment permitting.

Not included in the winter skills course

  • Accommodation - book directly if required
  • Personal accident Insurance
  • Waterproofs, base layers, warm layers, gloves (x2 pairs at least),
  • 40+L rucksack, hat, balaclava & Ski Goggles.
  • Gaiters are desirable.

Winter skills courses in Scotland information

  • 07.45 Groups meet & equipment issued.
  • 08.00 Depart for activities
  • Courses will finish around 5pm

Four Days Winter Skills & Snowholing Itinerary

  • 1 night Winter Skills Snowholing expedition in Aviemore & the Cairngorms, or elsewhere in Scotland
  • Navigational skills
  • Essential skills for crampons & ice axes use in winter
  • How to walk safely in the snow
  • advanced winter skills rope work
  • detailed snow-pack analysis skills
  • how to use transceivers
  • weather evaluation
  • emergency shelters
  • avalanche awareness/evaluation
  • search and rescue scenario

Winter Skills training courses in aviemore, the cairngorms & scotland

Snowholing Expedition Equipment

  • For the snowholing expedition in Aviemore & the Cairngorms, the following kit is needed, some as stated can be provided by us if needed.
  • Roll Matt -we can supply if required.
  • 4 season sleeping bag – bring your own if you have, otherwise we can supply. 
  • Bivvy bag- if you have one if not, a plastic survival bag will suffice for one night.
  • Stove and cooking equipment – We supply
  • Avalanche kit – We supply 

Want to find out more? 

Take a look at our blog post on Snowholing in Scotland.

Winter Skills & Snowholing in Scotland


Those booking on to winter skills training courses in Aviemore, the Cairngorms & Scotland should have prior mountain walking experience.

Winter Skills training courses in aviemore, the cairngorms & scotland

Need Accommodation?

Accommodation is available at Cairngorms Adventure Centre. 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. It is located smack bang in the Cairngorms national park, nearly in the centre of Scotland itself and just a 15 minute drive from Aviemore.

Covid-19 – not currently available we recommend that you look at other providers like the Newtonmore Hostel. 

Even though on the four day course we aim to snowhole the last two days it is worth ensuring that you have accommodation booked as it is weather dependant.

Snowholing in Scotland

Private 1:1 Instruction!

If you wish to book a instructor specifically for you or your group. Simply fill in an enquiry form by clicking the button to the right or drop us a ring on 01540 210 000. Private instructor rates start from £250.00 on a 1:1 ratio, additional adults £75.00 & additional children £50.00 per day.

Other Winter Skills Courses

One Day Winter Skills Course

On the one day Winter Skills Course in the Cairngorms, Aviemore & Scotland, you will earn the skills to move safely and efficiently in the mountains (in winter), safely use ice axes, crampons, plan a route according to weather and avalanche risk and many more.

Two Days Winter Skills Course

The Two day winter skills course based in Aviemore, the Cairngorms & Scotland builds on the skills from the first and covers new skills like rope-work and some emergency shelters.

Winter Scenery Video

The hills encompassed in a winter coat of snow.  The shots are mostly from the Cairngorms & Aviemore, but also a couple from other parts of Scotland.

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