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Introduction to Winter Skills


Fort William


£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

2022 Dates coming soon

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 essential skills that are required for you to move safely on the hills in winter:

  • How to choose suitable clothing and equipment for winter walking;
  • 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 walking in the winter mountains. We can provide an ice axe, harness & helmet and crampons. Boots can be hired locally if required.

Accommodation Options

This Beyond the Edge course is 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 contact the office and we will happily indulge.

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Winter Guided Walking Week

We can be hired to privately instruct this course at a specific location or on a specific date to suit your requirements. Private guiding in winter is £225 per day for one or two days and £215 per day for three or more days.  Simply contact the office to enquire.