The Winter Mountain Leader Training is the first official step on the journey to becoming a qualified Winter Mountain Leader and being able to introduce and share the amazing mountains of Scotland, Wales and England with others in winter.

The 6 day course will cover leadership skills in the mountains like managing a group around the hazards the mountains present, steep ground and snow anchors as well as planning and use if the Be Avalanche Aware model. Personal skills like navigation, movement on steep ground and snow holing will also be developed.

Before attending a course candidates need to register with Mountain Training Scotland for the Winter Mountain Leader Award. More information on the award and to register click here.

17th to 22nd January – Badaguish (Aviemore)

7th to 12th February – Badaguish (Aviemore)

7th to 12th March – Badaguish (Aviemore)

Cost – £360 per person non residential

Ratio 1:6

During the 6 days we will cover all the main elements of the Winter Mountain Leader Training syllabus, below is an example programme that will change dependant on weather and group needs.

Day 1 – Introductions, The Winter Mountain Leader Scheme and the other Qualifications, Weather and Avalanche, Personal Kit. Syllabus sections 3, 7 & 8. Winter mountain leader/ snowcraft & leadership: Demonstration & practise of key syllabus sections 1-4 depending on weather & conditions. Be Avalanche Aware and Interpreting the Avalanche Forecast Session

Day 2 –Weather and Avalanche Observations + Refresh SML Ropework and Intro some new WML Ropework. Winter mountain leader/ snowcraft & leadership: Demonstration & practise of key syllabus sections 1-4 depending on weather & conditions. NB. This day will start with a longer morning session on theory and revision of ropework. You will have a later start on the hill and navigate into the night, you will still be off the hill for dinner just a late dinner.

Day 3 – Weather and Avalanche Observations, Security on Steep Ground: demonstrations and practice of key syllabus sections 1-5. Avalanche forecasts, avalanche problems and Mitigation tools.

Day 4 – Weather and Avalanche Observations. Steep Ground Journey: A journey involving scenarios allowing group management issues (both roped and unroped) on steep ground. Putting into practise syllabus sections covered on days 1-3.

Day 5 – Set up the expedition, weather and avalanche observations. Consolidation of syllabus sections covered on days 1-4 including syllabus section 6. To include if possible, a snowhole and night navigation. NB. Due to conditions this is not always possible, and the expedition phase may be moved forward in the course.

Day 6 – Return form expedition, degunge, course and individual debriefs + action plan completion, course ends at 5pm

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!

You will have gained your 20 QMD’s so you will have a good idea of what is coming! It is a 6 day course and whilst we will not cover huge distances everyday, rather focusing on teaching and coaching you should not underestimate the physical nature of winter and 6 days in the mountains on the trot.

If you have any questions about this please just get in touch.

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.