Spending time preparing for assessments is vital and whilst the majority of this should be done under your own guidance being able to touch base and have a check up with a current assessor is very useful. It could be that your training was a number of years ago, you cant quite remember certain information or you just want a bit of feedback on how you are getting on.

This 2 day course is designed to do that, it is also a great way to keep your skills fresh once you have passed the award as well.

Winter Mountain Leader Assessment Prep Programme

Day 1 – 9am meet (in Aviemore – exact location to be confirmed) with intro and setting up the course. Full day looking at personal movement and managing a group (including rope work scenarios) in steep terrain. We will also explore the scope of the award, develop our avalanche awareness based around the BAA Process from SAIS and look at introducing skills to novices.

Day 2 – 11am meet spend sometime discussing the assessment process and answering any questions. A journey day re-capping/re-visiting any areas from day 1 and then focusing on navigation including night navigation. With sunset being between 4.30pm and 5.30pm we will will aim to be off the hill around 8pm giving us 3 hours of poor visibility/night navigation.

NB. Programme can change to suit clients needs and weather


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 2024

4th to 5th January – Aviemore

13th to 14th January – Aviemore 

27th to 28th January – Aviemore

29th to 30th January – Aviemore

Price and Ratio

Cost – £135 per person

Ratio 1:4

Winter Mountain Leader

Pre course requirements and experience

You will have done your Winter Mountain Leader training so you know what to expect with this. It will be two days spent in the hills so make sure you are fit enough for 2 reasonable days in the mountains.

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

Lit 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.