Essential Winter Mountaineering Skills in Snowdonia, North Wales 2 Day Foundation skills £150pp 5 Day Winter mountaineering £360pp

Nothing beats being in the mountains in winter. Clear crisp air, sparkling snow and the sound of your boots crunching their way to the summit During the 5 day course you will learn all the essential skills needed for you to plan your own fantastic winter adventures in the mountains. The skills we teach will stay with you forever.

We are really keen on coaching safe movement skills over different types of terrain, from iced up rocky summits to firm snow slopes and everything in-between, both in your winter boots and when wearing crampons, this is a key core skill for safe balance avoiding trips and slips. You will learn about weather forecasting and avalanche forecasts, we will teach you simple repeatable snow pack tests to improve your awareness and avoidance of possible avalanche prone slopes. Most of all we aim to have fun, while your enthusiastic experienced instructors show you their winter playground.

2019/2020 Dates

£150pp 2 Day Basic Skills course.

In 2019/2020 these courses will be run short notice when snow conditions allow.

£340pp 5 Day Winter Skills course.

January 20th – 24th

Where is the course? Who is it suitable for? What do I need?

Where? The course takes place in the Ogwen Valley area of the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales, which is a fantastic location for learning the basics on easy angled ground right through to classic winter mountaineering with a wide choice of area’s, routes and objectives to choose from. Google map of meeting point in Capel Curig   Who is the course for? Ideally you should have a fair amount of previous 3 season hiking experience, as you will allready know a fair amount about the type of ground and weather conditions that can exist in the hills and mountains of the UK. You should also have a good level of general hiking fitness. If you have some summer grade 1 scrambling experience then all the better. Course Instructors and Ratios Your instructor on these courses will be a highly experienced qualified Winter Mountain Leader with years of experience delivering skills courses to all types of individuals and groups including military and SAR personnel. Maximum ratios during the week are 6 clients to 1 instructor What kit do I need? We will provide helmets, ropes and other technical and emergency group kit. You will need clothing and footwear suitable for winter mountaineering. Please read our winter skills kit-list for full details and also feel free to ask us for advice. You can hire Crampons and Axes from us for £50.00 per set for the duration of the course – early booking essential.

What will I learn?

During the week long course, we will be coaching you in 4 Key Foundations Skills:

  • What the mountain area weather forecast means to you
  • How to make sense of the avalanche forecast, plus use the Be Avalanche Aware information and the NIVO Test
  • Route choice and planning with Map and compass navigation applicable to winter
  • Coaching useful techniques for walking in those big boots and when wearing crampons

Below are some of the skills you will learn during the course, and they will stay with you for a lifetime! Foundations skills in italics covered on the 2 day course Use of walking axe Ice axe arrest Crampon techniques Techniques for safe travel on steeper ground Refresher of existing personal skills Safety in the winter environment Mountain Weather forecasting Winter navigation Appraisal of avalanche risk Avalanche hazard forecasts Emergency snow shelters What to do in an emergency By the end of your winter skills course you will be much better prepared for your adventures in the winter mountain environment and above all you will have had expert tuition from fully qualified instructors with a wealth of worldwide winter mountaineering experience. jottnar logoThis season we are using shell and insulating clothing from JOTTNAR. A UK company which specialises in clothing for the winter environment, whatever your passion, ice climbing, back country skiing or Alpinism & mountaineering. Snowdonia Mountain Forecast