Winter Courses

Our Winter Survival Courses in Scotland run from December to March and take place on the high Sub-Arctic Plateau of the Cairngorms, one of the harshest and beautiful areas in Britain. The Cairngorms has a rich history when it comes to Survival training and mountaineering having been the training ground for the famous ‘Hero’s of Telemark’, as well as others. For those looking to increase their experience at coping in a cold climate our courses are the first step.

You can book your Winter Course now with our online booking system, please check course dates for availability. Once you have booked your course you will receive an email confirming the course and payment details. Remember to download the available resources for your course and bring them with you when you start.

We have a range of courses to suit everyone, for more information on our Winter Survival Courses in Scotland please do contact us. We look forward to welcoming you in the 2017 winter season.


Two Day Winter Skills £200.00

The Overview for the Two Day Winter Skills includes the following:

Ability, Knowledge and Confidence are essential when travelling through a winter mountain environment. This two day introduction to winter skills will give you a basic grounding in winter mountaineering and mountain-craft.

Based in and around the Cairngorms, a mecca for winter mountaineering and climbing gives us access to some of the most picturesque scenery in Britain. The Cairngorm National park was recently voted by National Geographic as the top 50 places in the world to visit. The Cairngorm National Park is home to the 2nd (Ben Macdui) to the 6th highest (Cairngorm) of the top 10 highest mountains in Britain .

2013 has been a particularly bad year for accidents and fatalities in the Scottish mountains. BCS have a proven track record when it comes to expeditions both at home and abroad, this can only be maintained by having the overriding safety of ourselves and our clients in mind. For this reason we may decide due to avalanche hazard or weather conditions to visit a different range than usual.

The course starts on the first day in the Northern Corries which contains Coire an t-sneachda (Corrie of the snows) and Coire an Lochain (Corrie of the Lochs) focusing on personal skills and safe winter travel. The second day consists of a hill day and depending on conditions a chance to take in some spectacular peaks.

This is a course suitable for individuals and groups to brush up on skills that will hold you in good stead for future adventures on your own or with us.

The Itinerary for the Two Day Winter Skills includes the following:

  • Weather chart interpretation
  • Map,compass and navigational techniques specific to winter mountaineering
  • Specialist equipment coaching (ice axe and crampons)
  • Security on steep ground
  • Avalanche pit construction and avalanche awareness
  • Emergency shelter construction
Date Time Spaces Price Book
27 January 2018 09:30 - 16:00 12 £200 Book Now
10 February 2018 09:30 - 16:00 10 £200 Book Now
3 March 2018 09:30 - 16:00 12 £200 Book Now

Please download these resources for your information

Three Day Snowhole Expedition £310.00

The Overview for the Three Day Snowhole Expedition includes the following:

The Cairngorm Plateau is the wildest and harshest environment in the British isles. So closely does it mimic the Arctic and Scandinavian widerness that it was used to train the famous “Heroes of Telemark” during “Operation Grouse“.  Many companies offer trips to Norway and Canada but Scotland has just as much to offer when it comes to Arctic survival and coping in a cold environment at a fraction of the price.

The Itinerary for the Three Day Snowhole Expedition includes the following:

Day 1

  • Specialist equipment check and fitting
  • Weather chart interpretation/Avalanche awareness
  • Specialist equipment coaching
  • Moving through a winter environment
  • Route choice
  • Navigation – Map and compass/Natural, pacing and timing, bearings
  • Back to bunkhouse

Day 2

  • Avalanche awareness
  • Safe site choice
  • Snow hole choice and construction
  • Admin and safety

Day 3

  • Hill Day
  • Navigation
  • Self arrest and security on steep ground
Date Time Spaces Price Book
12 January 2018 09:30 - 16:00 12 £310 Book Now
23 February 2018 09:30 - 16:00 12 £310 Book Now
16 March 2018 09:30 - 16:00 12 £310 Book Now

Please download these resources for your information