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Welsh Winter Ridges

Course Overview

An exhilarating weekend of guided mountaineering on some of Snowdonia's classic ridges.
In winter, these narrow, rocky exposed ridges are even more demanding and exciting. In a group of two, you'll accompany our instructor as you make your way up and over some of the most spectacular ridges in the UK using a rope, ice axe and crampons wherever necessary to overcome the complex challenges that winter conditions add to the adventure.
Please Note: The Welsh winter can be fickle, and snow and ice conditions cannot be guaranteed. Throughout the course we will have a flexible approach to the programme to make the best possible use of the prevailing conditions. If there is no snow the course will still run.

Experience Required

A good level a hillwalking fitness, a head for heights and a thirst for adventure.

Scheduled Dates

Detailed Course Notes

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.

Is it for me?

A great weekend for experienced hillwalkers with a head for heights.

Course Content

Over the weekend you'll enjoy some of the most spectacular ridges in Snowdonia and where conditions dictate use crampons, ice axes and rope. As winter makes these ridges more challenging you'll benefit from a ratio of 1 guide per 2 people.

What's Included In The Price?

Whether you choose to stay with us or you have alternative accommodation nearby, the following items are included in the total cost.

    Free tea, coffee or selected hot drinks for the duration of your visit
    Afternoon tea & homemade cakes
    Equipment hire
    Free (low-speed) wifi access in the bar & dining room
    In course transport
    Railway station pick up & drop off (please call to arrange)
    Parking with CCTV surveillance
    Free use of climbing wall, gym, MTB skills course & rolling pool

    If you choose to stay with us, these items are also included in the total cost:

    Accommodation the night before your course
    Accommodation during your course
    Breakfast & evening meal
    Bar Lunch/packed lunch

Accommodation For This Course

Plas y Brenin Main House

Your course is based at Plas y Brenin, The National Mountain Sports Centre in Capel Curig, North Wales, LL24 0ET.

If you are staying with us,

If you have chosen to add accommodation onto this course or holiday it is usually in the main house in a comfy en-suite room (normally shared with another guest). Each room has tea and coffee making facilities and all bed linen and towels are provided.

This includes accommodation the night before your first day. Your room will be available from 6pm. On your last day you will need to vacate your room by 10am. It is sometimes possible to arrange to stay an extra night please phone 01690 720214 for availability and cost.

Secure storage facilities, showers and toilets are available for you to use on your departure day once you have checked out of your room should you need them, please ask at reception.

Also included, if you chosen to add accommodation, are all your meals - breakfast, packed lunch, afternoon tea and freshly baked cakes and a three course evening meal. Please bear in mind an evening meal is not provided on the night before your course or on the last day of your course but our bar will be serving meals from 7.00pm until 8.45pm.

If you are are not staying with us but coming in each day,

If you choose to come in daily for your course or holiday you will need to arrive ready for a 9am welcome talk on the first day. For the rest of your course or holiday you will need to be here for 9.15am. We return from a full day of activity, usually in time for tea and cakes at 5pm (included).

There are more activities from 5.30 - 6.30 on some days of your course or holiday, please check on the first day.

For most of our awards and qualification courses there will be further evening sessions on some days which you need to attend, please check on the first day.

There is an 8pm adventure talk by one of our coaches on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday evenings which you are welcome to come to. Find out more about the upcoming talks here.

On the final day you will be finished by 5pm.

For courses based on-site our bar will be serving lunches from 12pm until 2pm or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch.

If your course is based away from the centre then you will need to bring a packed lunch with you. Each evening our bar serves evening meals from 7pm until 8.45pm if you wish to eat here.

You can arrange to have any of the following meals - breakfast, packed lunch and a three course centre dinner, by contacting our customer services team on 01690 720214 or

follow this link for more details

What Equipment Do You Need To Bring?

  • Warm outdoor wear e.g. walking trousers, thermals/base layers, fleeces, good quality walking socks

  • Warm hat, balaclava (if you have one), neck gaiter/buff

  • Gloves and mitts - 1 pair to wear and 1 for spare plus mitts to go over the top (if you have them)

  • Mountaineering boots B2 or B3 - if you don't have B2 or B3 boots then bring your normal walking boots for any days you don't need crampons

  • Crampons (with anti-balling plate)

  • Ice Axe

  • Helmet

  • Harness (for Mountaineering and Winter Ridges courses only)

  • Gaiters (optional)

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Day rucksack 30-40 litres

  • Rucksack liner (e.g. rubble bag or dry bag)

  • Drinks bottle

  • Flask

  • Lunch bag/box

  • Personal first aid kit

  • Blister kit

  • Head torch and spare batteries

  • Snow googles (if you have them if not sunglasses)

  • Compass (Silva Expedition 4 recommended)

  • Maps - OS 17 Snowdon & Conwy Valley 1:25,000 (and OS 115 Snowdon 1:50,000 for navigation courses). Laminated maps are great as you don't need a map case and you can make notes, mark points etc. (Can be purchased from our shop)

  • Fine permanent pen (for writing on laminated maps)

The following items are available for you to borrow from our equipment stores so you don't need to rush out and but them. If you are wishing to borrow any of these items please ensure you return your equipment loan form. Download your equipment loan form here.

  • Walking boots/mountaineering boots (B2/B3)

  • Day rucksack

  • Gaiters (optional)

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Compass

  • Crampons

  • Ice axe

  • Helmet

  • Harness

Customer Reviews For This Course

A wonderful weekend making the best of the conditions

Martin Bray

We had two demanding and rewarding days in North Wales, with good snow coverage on the Saturday, allowing an ascent from the Pass to Garnedd Ugain and then along Crib y Ddysgl and Crib Goch, to descend the demanding North Ridge. The weather on Sunday was warm and very wet, with strong winds, but Simon and Dave still took us up North West Face route in Ideal and then the classic Cneifion Arete - quite a day in those conditions. As ever, the instructors were flexible, attentive but also prepared to take us up climbs that challenged and developed our skills. Another great course at PyB!

highly recommended

Tim Spruell

Very good course indeed. Friendly and highly competent instructors, great accommodation and food. Cannot think of anything which could be improved!

Would highly recommend.

Top rate instruction

Brian Middleton

This was my first course at Plas y Brenin. An excellent course with good winter conditions. However, what really made this course was the top rate instruction and leadership given by Andy Teasdale.
My confidence in his ability and instruction was quckly gained. Andy clearly explained the plans, the decision process at every stage. Almost a running commentary. I found this extremely usefull
and informative.

I could not fault the course, the venue or the instruction.

I have done several winter skills courses in Scotland and although the instruction was very good, it was easily bettered by that given by Andy. I am grateful and we will be back.

Welsh Winter Ridges

Phil Thompson

Great experience in atrocious weather (February 2014)conditions. Instructor was flexible and innovative providing indoor tuition when out door was limited. Course was tailored to our particular needs. Instructor (Dave Kenyon) had good interpersonal skills, was obviously competent which inspired confidence.

Push Your Boundaries


Just completed a fantastic weekend at PYB (16 & 17th February 2013) on the Welsh Winter Ridges course under the capable and friendly leadership of Dave Percy.

I only started winter walking in the last year or so after attending a Winter Skills course at PYB (again thoroughly recommended), with my previous experience largely based on summer hill walking with the family and a few solo trips (in the summer) over the likes of Striding Edge and Crib Goch etc. I was a little nervous and uncertain as to exactly what the Winter Ridges course would entail, but was keen to gain more winter experience and confidence.

My fellow student and room-mate (Chris) was an experienced climber wanting to complete some winter climbs prior to planning an Alpine trip.

Although snow conditions weren't ideal (with a lot disappearing in the couple of days leading up to the course), Dave was flexible in terms of route plans and ensured that we made the most of the winter conditions available and tailored both days to combine our respective experience and course objectives.

Saturday saw us tackle a number of grade 1 winter scrambles and climbs over Bristly Ridge en-route to Glyder Fach and Sunday on Cwm Cneifion (The Nameless Cwm) via a grade 2/3 winter climb up the right hand gulley to Glyder Fawr, returning with a great scramble down Y Gribin.

Although I had no previous climbing experience (and it must be said not too much technical style when it comes to climbing!), Dave put me at ease and gave great support and encouragement throughout – I was well outside my comfort zone on occasions over the weekend, but having successfully completed some challenging routes (for me at least), I felt a great sense of achievement and have certainly pushed my boundaries. I’m sure that the experience gained will be useful in the future and the fun and friendly manner in which it was learnt was great!

Thanks also to Chris for his encouragement throughout.

PS The thought of that view from the summit of Glyder Fawr and the smile on my face after getting over that chockstone at the top of the gulley will long be remembered!

Not found what you were looking for?

You can hire one of our coaches instructors or guides from only £250 per day. They'll tailor the day to suit your aims and aspirations perfectly.
You can enjoy one to one coaching for that cost or if you get together as a group, depending on the activity, you can split that cost between up to 6 of you. If you are a group we can run any of our courses on a date that suits you and your friends. Or you could just write your own agenda for a week or weekend and we'll price it up for you - with or without accommodation. What's more, just like out normal course fees, our private instructor hire charge covers all your equipment too. Click on the link below to fill in a request form and one of our coaches will call you back (or e-mail if you'd prefer) to discuss things in detail with you.

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