Our 2-day Winter Skills course covers the fundamental skills required for staying safe when hill walking in the UK mountains in winter conditions.

We'll introduce and practice key techniques:

  • personal movement to prevent slipping (cramponing, step-kicking & cutting)
  • using an ice axe, including self-arrests
  • winter navigation
  • planning and preparation
  • snow pack analysis
  • avalanche awareness
  • emergency procedures
  • understanding the winter environment

These skills are coached each day while undertaking a mountain journey. We aim to help you gain familiarity with these skills, enabling you to confidently practise and consolidate independtly. This course is mainly practical and based 'on the hill'.

This two-day course will give you the confidence & skills to hill walk safely in winter conditions.

Typical itinerary

Day One

We look at how to prepare for winter, what we carry, how we carry it and why we carry it. We also look at weather and avalanche forecasts and what they mean. Once on the mountain it’s all about safe and efficient travel, good footwork, simple use of ice axes, self-arrests and avalanche awareness.

Day Two

We continue to develop our personal movement skills on day two which includes cramponing and moving on steeper terrain, different types of self-arrests, more avalanche awareness and snowpack analysis, and emergency procedures. We’ll introduce winter navigation; planning and preparation; identifying features; timings and pacing, and taking bearings.

(Please note that weather and ground conditions means the itinerary is subject to change.)

What's included?

  • Professional instruction from a qualified Winter Moutain Leader
  • Ice axe, crampon & helmet hire
  • Inspirational Everest-themed webinar
  • Digital course completion certificate
  • Access to our online client portal
  • Vamoos Travel App

What's excluded?

  • Travel
  • Insurance
  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Winter Boot hire - you'll need B2 or B3 rated boots. Find out more about choosing winter boots below