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Winter Skills Course
Cairngorm © Active Outdoor Pursuits

Winter Skills Course

From £75 per adult

Departure days

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December — April

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Get Active on our winter skills training days & courses in Scotland – based in the Cairngorms national park near Aviemore, these courses ensure you have the skills, knowledge & training to travel Scottish mountains safely in winter conditions.

On the training course, will get to develop your winter skills and learn new techniques. Such as: navigation, use of crampons & ice axes, walking safely in the snow, snow-pack analysis, & avalanche awareness/evaluation. Moreover, the Winter Skills days will utilise the Cairngorms (the very heart of winter in Scotland) to teach you the fundamentals of hill walking in Winter conditions.

Our winter skills days and training courses 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. Similarly, other fine areas that we may use are; Creag Meagaidh, Ben Nevis & Glencoe. To sum up, where we go will depend on where the best snow conditions are and what is most appropriate.

Itinerary

Below there is a break down of what you would gain from the Winter Skills Course. We do also offer two and four day Winter Skills Courses as well.

  • Winter navigational skills.
  • Winter Crampon & ice axe skills .
  • Safe mountain walking skills in Scottish winter conditions.
  • Snow-pack analysis skills.
  • Avalanche awareness/evaluation training.
  • Scottish Winter weather evaluation skills.
  • Two Day Scottish Winter Skills Courses.
  • Emergency Winter Shelters.
  • Detailed snow-pack analysis.
  • The Use of Transceivers.
  • Basic Introduction to Winter Skills Rope Work.
  • Four Day Scottish Winter Skills Course
  • Search & rescue Scenario.
  • Advanced Winter Skills Rope Work.
  • 1 night Winter expedition – Skills Snowholing in Aviemore & the Cairngorms, or elsewhere in Scotland.

On the Scotland Winter skills courses/days in Aviemore & the Cairngorms, you will cover the above skills which are crucial to be able to travel safely in the hills. Of course, the skills you will cover on the Winter skills training will depend on the length of your chosen course. With this in mind, see links to the Two & Four day Courses.

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


Included in the Winter Skills Training

  • On-course transport.
  • Instruction (as outlined).
  • Technical equipment (if required).

Not Included in the Training 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.

Pre-Requisites

  • Those booking on to the Scotland winter skills training courses in Aviemore & the Cairngorms should have prior mountain walking experience.
  • A good level of fitness is extremely beneficial.

Contact details

Active Outdoor Pursuits
Craigower Lodge
Golf Course Road
Newtonmore
Inverness-shire
Scotland
PH20 1AT

Key facilities

Accessible Parking and Dropoff Disabled Parking
Starting
Aviemore Aviemore and the Cairngorms Newtonmore
Length
1
Day
Transport
Minibus Walking
Type
Bespoke Medium Group (17-30) Private Small Group (1-16)
Languages
English
Themes
Outdoor Activities

Tour prices

From

  • £75 Per Adult
  • £75 Per child
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Prices are subject to change depending on season

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Active Outdoor Pursuits

Active Outdoor Pursuits, born in 1999, is one of the most established providers of outdoor activities, education and training in Scotland. We have developed our facilities & services to provide a comprehensive and dynamic approach to supporting people of all ages and experience to realise their outdoor adventure dreams and ambitions. We offer a wide range of outdoor activities and, we can offer packages and holidays to suit all outdoor tastes. Looking for an outdoor adventure or holiday? Then you've come to the right place!

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9-6pm

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