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Introduction to Winter Skills


Fort William area


£175 per person


2 days

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This winter skills course is for summer hillwalkers who want to learn how to move safely over hills in winter conditions. No prior knowledge of walking in winter is required.

Over the course of the two days you will learn about the equipment and techniques you require to be safe in winter. You will start to examine some of the unique hazards that winter brings and develop your judgement, skills and confidence as you progress.

The course can be a great primer if you are heading abroad on an expedition that goes into the snowline. Learning how to use an ice axe and crampons whilst you are struggling with altitude is not a great plan!

Course Dates

Sat 23 – Sun 24 Jan
Sat 13 – Sun 14 Feb Course full
Sat 20 – Sun 21 Feb
Sat 20 – Sun 21 Mar

Bespoke Dates and Locations

If there are a group of you that want the challenge and exhilaration of winter, but there are no suitable dates available, or you would like to do something similar in a different area, please contact the office and we will arrange some dates to suit your diary.

Meeting Point

For our Winter Skills weekend, we meet at 09:00 in Fort William.

Course Format

The exact course itinerary will be flexible to cope with weather conditions. During the course, you will cover the whole breadth of skills that are required for you to move safely on the hills in winter:

  • How to choose suitable clothing and equipment;
  • Use of ice axe including how to ice axe arrest;
  • Use of crampons on different terrain;
  • Avalanche forecasts, and avoidance;
  • Introduction to winter navigation;
  • Planning a day and route choice whilst underway;
Equipment Required

A detailed equipment list is contained in the joining instructions. Essentially, you need to be self sufficient for a day in the mountains, in winter. We can provide an ice axe, harness & helmet if needed and boots and crampons can be hired locally if required.

Accommodation Options

All Beyond the Edge courses are non-residential to allow you to select between thermarest or 5 star hotel as you require.
There are hundreds of accommodation options in and around Fort William from luxurious Castles to campsites and everything in between.

If you want a hand booking something or want something special, contact the office and we will endeavour to assist.


You certainly don’t have to be super fit to enjoy this course, and average fitness is quite sufficient. Experience of summer hillwalking is essential.

Related Courses

If you have a bit more time then the week long Winter Skills course sets you up for a lifetime of winter adventures. If you want to focus more on winter climbing, then the Winter mountaineering course is for you.

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