Learn the skills and become a winter mountaineer!


Our Winter Skills courses are designed for those with little or no previous experience of winter mountaineering, as well as for those who want a refresher in the skills needed to walk or climb safely in the mountains in winter.

Our Instructors and Guides will help you perfect the techniques needed to use crampons and ice axes, allowing you access to a new world of winter mountaineering. With an emphasis on the progression of winter skills, you will feel able to tackle the Scottish Winter mountains with increasing competence and confidence. At the end of the course, you should have the confidence and the skills necessary to venture into mountains in winter independently.

Mountain Expeditions offers professional and personable Winter Skills courses tailored specifically to you. Our west-coast based mountaineering instructors are not only highly qualified and experienced, but they understand that learning these skills takes time and dedication. Their enthusiasm for the winter mountains is infectious.


An amazing weekend doing our first Winter Skills course with Mountain Expeditions. Big thank you to our guide Becky, she was amazing, very pleasant and positive all the time and she put us through our paces learning and using our new skills! I would highly recommend this course to anyone as a perfect start to your winter mountaineering“. Stevie Horton

Expedition Facts

  • Duration:

    2 days
  • Activity:

    Winter Skills
  • Accommodation:

    B&B Strath Lodge
  • Difficulty Level:

    C1 (Explain this)
  • Overview
  • Trip Suitability
  • Itinerary
  • Map
  • Included
  • Not Included
  • Difficulty Level
  • In-country Safety


We run both Private and Open Courses, during which we will cover the gateway skills you need to look after yourself and keep yourself safe in the mountains in winter. These include:

  • Equipment selection and packing
  • Weather and avalanche conditions; interpretation and planning together with venue choice
  • Navigation
  • Ice axe and crampons skills – including ice axe arrest
  • Movement skills including steeper terrain
  • Staying warm
  • Avalanche avoidance
  • Emergency procedures

All of our Private Winter Skills Courses are tailored specifically to you, offering you complete autonomy and flexibility during your time spent with us. Prior to your course, we will liaise with you to understand what level you’re currently at and what you hope to achieve – scroll down the page for details on how to arrange a private course.

Our annual Open Winter Skills Course allows you to join a group of like minded individuals to learn winter skills together. This is a fantastic and rewarding 2 day course and is always very popular – all details and booking information can be found at the bottom of this page.

Both these courses typically run on a 1:4 ratio.

Pricing, Dates & Availability

Live Trip Status: When our trips are ‘Available‘ it means they are live & taking bookings. Once we’ve met the minimum numbers to confirm the trip, the status changes to ‘Confirmed‘ which is your green light to go ahead & book your flights & insurance. Once all the places are booked the trip will show as ‘Full‘.

Private Winter Courses

Our Private Winter Skills courses are instructed on a ratio of <1:6* and tailored specifically for you.
We offer dates from January through to April & you can choose the dates that suit you best

We’ll find the very best instructor available to match your winter objectives!

*With bigger groups we simply have more Instructors


Plan Your Winter Skills Course

1. Choose the dates that best suit you
2. Click on ‘Book My Winter Skills course’ button (just below) and fill in the Contact Us fields
3. We’ll call/email you to discuss the course and the details
4. We’ll then create a unique URL for your booking and send you the link!

January to April
2 day minimum booking
Price dependent on group size




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