Mountain Motion

Winter climbing and ice climbing courses across Scotland, Ben nevis, Glencoe and the Skye Cuillin ridge

Winter skills & mountaineering 2019

Scottish winter skills & winter mountaineering courses

Winter in the Scottish winter mountains demands winter skills and experience to travel safely and to get the most from the fantastic days out that they offer. Mountain Motion can help you aquire these winter skills and practice them under expert guidance. The aim is to take your current abilities and develop them so that you can tackle more challenging winter routes safely. We also offer guided expeditions and classic winter routes. Scottish Winter climbing courses and Scottish ice climbing courses are also available.

All courses assume some summer walking / mountaineering experience. Courses vary in difficulty and previous mountaineering and scrambling experience is necessary in some cases. We will advise and discuss this with you.

If you want something a bit more challenging, try our Scottish winter climbing or Scottish ice climbing courses.

Browse through the winter skills and mountaineering courses that we offer, detailed below. If you have any questions please contact us. Remember, we are also available for bespoke guiding and private coaching and guiding


General information about our Scottish winter mountaineering and Scottish winter climbing courses

Our winter courses are based here in Fort William. We can help you arrange accommodation for the course. We will provide transport during the course and will pick you up in the morning and drop you off when we get off the hill. We can  provide equipment hire if required.

To book on a course we would prefer you to drop us a line or give us a ring to discuss so we can make sure you get the right course for you.

More information is available as downloads on the right of this page.


Winter walking skills

A three day course focusing on gaining the essential winter skils. Crampon and axe work as well as snow and avalanche awareness is covered. The second and third days are spent putting it all together on classic winter walks.

Winter 2018 - 2019 dates

20th - 22nd December 2018
2nd - 4th January 2019

Cost £230


Winter Mountaineering

A five day course taking the basic winter skills and developing them to tackle more challenging routes. The skills to tackle classic gradeI/II gullies and ridges will be looked at. Ropework and winter belays will form an important part of the course as well as personal competance on steep ground. The ascent of some classic routes will be undertaken. Maximum ratio is 1:4

Winter 2018 - 2019 dates

10th - 14th December 2018
7th - 11th Jan 2019 
21st - 25th Jan 2019

Cost £440


Classic winter routes

If you want a day out on a classic route such as the CMD arete or the Aonach Eagach then give us a call. Prices are as per private guiding and can be found here.


Skye ridge in winter

This is the most demanding winter expedition in the UK. Conditions are fickle on Skye and the best time for an attampt is usually towards the end of February. Winter climbing experience is essential. Max ratio 1:2

Contact us for details


Some advice about instructors and guides in the winter

There are quite a few people and companies who advertise themselves as guides and advertise courses for which they do not hold the recognised national qualifications. Particularly in the Winter around Ben Nevis and Glencoe! Its worth asking who will be taking you out and what are their qualifications.

The basic qualification to lead people in the Winter mountains is the Winter Mountain leader award. This is not a coaching award and it is suitable for led walks and teaching basic, technical winter skills. Teaching these winter skills should be done 'in passing', when journeying about the hill with a group rather than in a formal structured way. As such, running formal structured winter skills and avalanche courses is beyond the scope of the Winter ML Award. It is also not appropriate for roped winter mountaineering or climbing.

For dedicated formal structured winter skills and avalanche courses, winter mountaineering and winter climbing the appropriate qualification is either the MIC (Mountaineering Instructor Certificate) or a BMG (British Mountain Guide).



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