This one day Avalanche Awareness course looks to develop your knowledge of the Avalanche hazards in Scotland, the forecasting process, how to plan a day using the Be Avalanche Aware Process, what to look for when out during your journey and how to select safe routes in the mountains.

The course will be carried out on foot but would be relevant to skiers and snowboarders and the instructors delivering your course are both mountaineers and skiers. 

Avalanche Awareness Course Programme

This course will have an online theory section prior to the course. You can carry out this part of the course in your own time as you will be enrolled into an online learning platform once you book on the course.

You will then meet your instructor at 9am on the first day of the course and have a chance to discuss any of the theory as well as plan the day using the Be Avalanche Aware Process. 

After this you will head out onto the hill to carry out your journey you planned together. During this journey you will look at the various hazards that snow can cause and how to identify them.

Once off the hill you will review your day so you have a good understanding of how to develop your understanding for your future trips into the winter mountains.

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

Accommodation

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!

Avalanche Awareness Course Dates and Location

11th January – Aviemore

1st February – Aviemore

Price and Ratio

Cost – £60 per person non residential

Ratio 1:6

Avalanche Awareness Pre Course Experience

You will need some winter walking experience or have completed a recent Winter Walking/Skills course. The day will be a full day in the mountains so you should be conformable walking around 12km with around 800m of ascent.

Equipment and Clothing

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.