Winter Skills Courses

Lakes Outdoor Experience offer winter skills courses in Scotland in the Cairngorms, Glen Coe or near Fort William on Ben Nevis and Aonach Mor. We tend to favour the Cairngorms due to the reliability of winter conditions there, but if you want a course elsewhere and you have the snow, we will come to you! For Lake District based Winter Skills Courses please contact us to enquire.

  • explore the beauty of a Scottish winter
  • learn essential skills to keep you safe in winter
  • improve your knowledge of winter conditions

Winter Skills Courses 

LOE have an extensive history in providing value for money winter skills courses that makes the best of the Scottish winter conditions.

A LOE basic winter skills course covers all of the mountaineering skills that you need to know and learn to keep you safe in the mountains in winter. You will be taught:

  • ice axe braking
  • using the boot as a tool - step cutting/kicking
  • how to use crampons
  • moving on steep ground
  • snow belays and snow shelters

A winter skills course is run over 2 days and will teach you everything you need to know to get out and adventure with confidence and make the most of those winter conditions. We are now also offering a 4 day winter skills course which includes two days of mountain journeying to allow you to put the skills you've learnt into practice.

Having attended a winter skills course you may decide you want to move onto something more challenging such as winter (ice) climbing. Ice climbing days can either be added onto an existing mountaineering skills course or run as a separate course. Attendance at a LOE winter skills course or demonstrable knowledge of basic winter skills is a pre requisite.

Our highly experienced instructors can guide you on climbs or teach you how to climb grade one to grade three ice routes including the technical skills required to climb steep ice, place appropriate protection and construct anchor points so you can belay your climbing partner/s safely.

Winter Skills Courses

If you don't want to go ice climbing but you want some serious winter adventure, we can take you on a tailor made expedition.

Journey into remote wilderness areas, learn winter specific navigation techniques, walk some Munros along the way and spend a night in a snow hole. Not as cold as it sounds provided you have the correct equipment! There is nothing like getting away from it all and sculpting your own bed for the night!

Expedition length depends on you; your ambition and existing skills, which we will enhance with gentle instruction along the way.

Come winter mountaineering with LOE and experience the wonder of winter in a safe environment with highly experienced and enthusiastic instructors.


2 day winter skills course; based on a maximum group size of 6 persons per instructor.
£150 per person. Accommodation not included

4 day winter Skills Course; based on a maximum of 6 persons per instructor.£300 per person; two days of Winter Skills Training followed by two days of mountain journeying taking in some Munro summits. Accommodation not included.

Winter Navigation c/w an overnight in a snowhole. 2 days of mountain journeying/navigation with an overnight stay in a snowhole. Cost £200.00 per person or £180 per person (three or more persons) up to a maximum group size of six persons per instructor.

Winter Mountaineering; try some classic winter ridge routes with or instructors. Be guided by us; or learn the skills to go and do it yourself! Cost £180.00 between two persons or £75.00 each for a group of three persons. Accommodation not included.

Winter Climbing; based on 2 clients per instructor. Guided climbing or winter climbing skills training available.£180 per instructor per day. Accommodation not included.

Please contact us to discuss your specific requirements. We are committed to our ethos of running bespoke courses and we will work with you to provide you want. We have previously run bespoke winter courses for couples and families as well as groups, so please contact us to discuss what you wish to do.

Winter Skills Courses Courses and Activities are held in:
The Lake District The Cairngorms Glen Coe Ben Nevis & Aonach Mor Creag Meagaidh

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Iain Gallagher, Lakes Outdoor ExperienceLakes Outdoor Experience is run by Iain Gallagher. Iain divides his time between hills and crags in the Lake District, North Wales, Scotland and North Yorkshire. He can also be found climbing peaks across Europe and around the World.

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