Winter Skills Training Courses .

The MCofS offers members the opportunity of either a weekend course or a series of one day courses.  All our winter skills courses are based in the Northern Cairngorms and are aimed at MCofS members who enjoy (or would like to enjoy) the Scottish Hills in winter and wish to improve their competency and skill levels.

Our winter skills courses cover the essential skills of walking with an axe and crampons, ice axe self arrest, navigation, winter safety, avalanche avoidance and much more.  The course is ideal for anyone who wishes to broaden their experience from summer hill walking or those who wish to 'brush up' on a few essential skills such as use of their ice axe  to arrest a slip.  It will not involve any use of a rope.  The staffing ratio is 1:6.  All our courses are staffed with highly experienced mountain instructors who hold their MIC.

Weekend Winter Skills Course

Friday 16th December (20.00) - Sunday 18th December 2016    

Friday 6th January (20.00) - Sunday 8th January 2017

Friday 27th January (20.00) - Sunday 29th January 2017

Cost £75

The cost of the course includes:  Two days instruction and self-catering accommodation on Friday and Saturday nights at our very own Mill Cottage.  Participants need to supply all their own kit for the course - a kit list will be provided.

One-day Winter Skills Courses

Thursday 12th January 2017

Thursday 19th January 2017

Saturday 11th February 2017

Sunday 12th February 2017

Cost £30

Start time 8am. Finish time 5pm.

Based at Aviemore Youth Hostel.

The cost of the one day winter skills courses includes instruction only.  Participants need to supply all their own kit for the course - a kit list will be provided.

How to book a place on a course:

Online Applications

MCofS members should login to the MCofS Members Portal.
Non-members should register at the MCofS Members Portal. If you are not already a member you can join at the same time as entering the event.

Booking by Phone

Call our main office in Perth on  01738 493943, normal opening hours are between 10am and 4pm.  Please have your card details ready for payment,

Please note our Booking Conditions which can be read here and Terms and Conditions of Supply which can be read here.

If you have any questions regarding the content of our winter skills courses, please contact Heather on 01479 861 241.

Site updated 12th May 2016