Introductory Winter Skills Courses

Winter Skills Courses in the Lake District

Introductory Winter Skills Courses Overview

We offer one and two-day introductory winter skills courses that are geared towards active summer hill walkers who are keen to learn and develop new skills to help keep themselves and others safe in the winter mountains. We start each day planning a suitable route for the group’s ability and prevailing conditions. Typically, we will cover everything from hazard identification and avoidance, winter navigation, what to carry and how to manage and use your equipment safely, and what to do in an emergency. Expect a challenging and fun-filled day and you won’t be disappointed! Courses can be arranged in the Lake District and Scotland.

Essential Details

  • Courses run between December and April*
  • One and two-day courses available
  • Some previous summer hill walking experience desirable

* If your booking coincides with unsuitable conditions we will offer an alternative date or a refund if re-booking is not possible.

How many can participate?

This course works well with a maximum ratio of 1:6 (instructor to participant) and can be booked for one or two days in duration. This low ratio will ensure you receive quality instruction.

How much will it cost?

Our pricing structure is based on a sliding scale with a reduced daily fee for every additional day booked. If you would like to reserve a contingency day around your preferred date/s in order to pick the best weather and conditions for your course or activity we may be able to arrange this for an additional fee. For more details, please see our pricing structure.

How to book?

Use the enquiry form on this page and we’ll get back to you with all of the details. We require a 30% deposit to secure bookings. If you would like any more information or have a specific question, please send us a message and we’ll be in touch.

What do I need to bring with me?

The following list covers all of the essential equipment that you will require for your course. If you have any questions about any of the items listed here or are missing something, please get in touch and we will be happy to assist you further.

  • Mountaineering boots (B2)
  • Crampons (C2)
  • Mountaineering Ice Axe
  • Warm layers (i.e. fleece)
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof overtrousers
  • Gaiters
  • Warm hat
  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Headtorch
  • Rucksack (30-40 ltr)
  • Packed Lunch
  • Hot/cold drink
  • Map/compass
  • Helmet*

* Depending upon the day’s objectives, these items may not be required.


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