• Winter weather and avalanche forecasts

  • Winter equipment

  • Personal movement skills

  • Ice axe and crampon skills

  • Route selection

  • Safe travel techniques

  • Ice axe arrest

  • Emergency shelters

The Summit Mountain Skills  2 day winter skills courses are based in Aviemore Scotland, and are aimed at keen summer hill walkers, that desire to venture it into the Winter Mountains safely.

The courses are aimed at all levels of ability, and are delivered in a relaxed and approachable atmosphere. Our winter courses are run on a ratio of 1:6, and can be tailored to fit individual needs.

Over the 2 days we aim to cover as many of the winter skills as the conditions will allow, and weather permitting, an ascent of a Scottish Munro or two.


By the end of our Winter Skills course, we aim to have sent you away with a new set of capabilities that will allow you to safely enjoy the mountains, even in colder seasons.

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About Summit Mountain Skills

To learn about Summit Mountain Skills, you have to understand that my love for the outdoors started when I was just 7 years old. My father and I walked the Pennine way together and I instantly became hooked.

Over 40 years, my adventures have taken me all over the world with climbing and mountaineering trips across the UK, the Alps and the beautiful Himalayas.

I am a fully qualified Mountaineering Instructor. Such qualifications allow me to work all year, both in the summer (where I work in North Wales and the Peak District) and the winter (where I move to Scotland due to the scenic views). I take pride in transferring the skills I have developed over the years to other individuals, and watching their confidence and skills grow.

My work consists of introductory mountaineering courses right through to training and assessing Mountain Leaders; I also take pride in leading overseas trips. In addition to providing instruction at Glenmore Lodge – Scotland’s National Outdoor Centre – I have delivered Winter Safety lectures for the BMC and worked for Jagged Globe on rock and scrambling courses across the UK. I am also a course director for Mountain Training Wales, leading qualification courses for the organisation in the summer and winter.

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