Winter Mountain Leader Training

If you love winter walking and want to share that passion with others, the Winter Mountain Leader is quite literally, just the ticket.


6 Days

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6 Days

Instructor Ratio


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Over a week, we’ll cover the major syllabus areas set out by Mountain Training Scotland to look after people in the winter environment as practically as possible. Expect six big days on the hill, including an overnight expedition, and finish the course with more confidence in your abilities as a winter mountaineer.

We’re perfectly placed to make the most of conditions and really explore the scope of the scheme with the broad variety of mountain terrain on our doorstep, including Glen Coe, the Mamores, the Grey Corries and Ben Nevis. Delivering WML training is a real privilege for our passionate staff team. We can’t wait to share all the tips and tricks we’ve learned from years of combined experience working in the winter mountains.

These courses are all fully residential to ensure the highest standards of quality and safety for all candidates are always maintained. Accommodation and catering are provided from the night before your course starts and finishes with breakfast on the morning after your course ends.

Non-residential options can be considered; please get in touch with PYB directly to discuss.

The Objectives 

You’ll gain the practical skills and techniques required when leading and supervising groups in British winter conditions, concentrating on the areas that are difficult to learn on your own.

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What to Expect


  • We encourage all participants to read the syllabus, which can be found on the MTS website.
  • The programme is subject to change according to weather and snow conditions, but courses aim to follow this broad outline.


  • Introduction to the course and scheme
  • Personal equipment and movement skills
  • Teaching and coaching crampon and ice axe skills


  • Leadership and decision making
  • Steep ground management; snow slopes and ridges
  • Demonstration of practical ropework


  • Teaching and coaching of self-arrest
  • Practical ropework


  • Start of expedition
  • Winter navigation strategies
  • Emergency shelters
  • Overnight experience as appropriate to conditions (possible night in a snow hole)


  • Continuation of expedition and associated skills


  • Consolidation / revisiting of specific skills
  • Course review and action planning


  • Breakfast and farewells

Experience Required

To book this course you’ll need to hold a Mountain Leader qualification, register with Mountain Training Scotland, and have submitted a log book which has subsequently been approved by MTS, evidencing a minimum of 20 Winter Quality Mountain Days. Please book a place only once these criteria have been fulfilled. Please also ensure your DLOG (digital logbook) is fully up to date and that you arrive feeling fit and ready for six full mountain days.

How Should I Prepare?

The course is six full mountain days which require a good level of fitness. Please ensure you are fit and able to cope with the long mountain days.

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Why Plas y Brenin?

Plas y Brenin is at the forefront of outdoor instruction. Whether you are starting a career in the outdoors, or just want to take an adventure holiday, PYB is the place for you.

We inspire explorers. We train trainers. We’re internationally recognised. We’ve been around since 1798, with our earliest guests including Queen Victoria. Since then, we’ve focussed on providing the best customer experience, working alongside some of the greatest, 007 included.

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Everyone at Plas y Brenin, from staff to visitors, is excited about adventures and inspired to get outside. Our guests return year after year to experience all that North Wales offers.