The Winter Mountain Leader Training course is an amazing course, however there is a lot to pack into the 6 days and the vast majority of it is focused on leadership and managing groups, we will look to develop personal skills like navigation and steep ground movement however you will gain much more from the 6 days if you come with a reasonable level of knowledge.

This two day course is a chance for you to up skill on a personal level as well as a chance to ask questions about the award and experience needed, including your Dlog and getting it signed off by Mountain Training Scotland. All courses are run by experienced Winter Mountain Leader trainers.

Winter ML Training Preparation Course Programme

Over the 2 days you will look at:

– Personal movement skills including steep ground and graded terrain, his will allow you to focus on coaching others on the training course.

– Navigation and making sure that you are up to speed after your Summer Assessment.

– Avalanche Awareness and the Be Avalanche Aware Model 

– You will also have a chance to ask a current trainer and assessor any questions about the award to confirm if the award is right for you.

NB. Programme can change to suit weather, conditions and candidates


Badaguish – Lodges and Wigwams, a wilde variate of accommodation options just outside Aviemore.

Aviemore Youth Hostel – Well located and with a range of dorm rooms and private rooms. 

Old Bridge Inn Bunkhouse – Bunkhouse in Aviemore attached to a pub!

Newtonmore Hostel – A small hotel in Newtonmore close to the shops.

Oakwood Caravan and Camping Park – A campsite on the edge of Aviemore but with in walking distance of the the shops, restaurants and pub.

Glenmore Campsite – Campsite next to Loch Morlich

There are also many Hotels, B&B’s and AirBnB’s in and around Aviemore, Kingussie and Newtonmore, in fact too many to list here!

Course Dates and Location - 2025

4th – 5th January – Aviemore

Cost and Ratio

Cost – £145 per person

Ratio 1:4

Pre Course Experience

You should hold the Summer Mountain Leader award (if you don’t then we recommend one of our Winter Walking and Navigation courses). This course is all about asking questions, seeing if the Winter Mountain Leader is for you and you are for the training. As long as you have some experience of winter hill walking and using crampons and ice axe you will be fine. We will be spending each day in the hills (covering around 10+km and around 800m of ascent) so you should be fit enough for that.  

Kit List and Equipment

You will need to provide your own hill walking clothing and equipment, any specific group kit and technical equipment we will provide. Once you have booked on the course you will be able to access a detailed kit list from the client resource page on this website as well as the Winter Mountain Leader specific resource page.