Winter Mountain Leader Training
  • Scotland
  • 6 Days
  • 4 People to 1 instructor

Winter Mountain Leader Training

  • Hike
  • Mountain Training Award
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You'll cover all the essential practical skills you need to lead parties in the British hills in winter conditions on this six day course, which is based on the MTS Winter Mountain Leader syllabus. You'll operate in real mountain terrain in the most severe conditions, so be prepared. The majority of the course is practically based, with our highly experienced instructors taking you on an overnight expedition and night navigation exercise. We'll also back the practical up with some sound theory sessions. All of our staff are dedicated winter mountaineers with a great depth of knowledge of the area and the snow and ice conditions likely to be encountered in The Highlands. This non-residential course will be delivered from our scenic winter base in Scotland, the Alltshellach hotel in North Ballachulish.

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Can I book privately?

Yes. If you would like to book a private course then give us a call to discuss your needs.

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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.


* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.

The 6 days are generally split into the following areas

Snow Craft

Personal equipment and clothing

Ice axe arrest

Kicking and cutting steps

Introducing ice axe and crampons to novices

Snow belays

Avalanche, safe travel and terrain assessment.

Ice Craft

Movement on ice steps using axe and crampons

Further rope work

Ice and rock anchors

Grade 1 ground

Mountain Day

Movement on Grade 1 ground, ascent and descent

Iced up rocks, narrow snow or rock ridge, cornice and steep scarp slope

2-day Winter Mountain Expedition

Winter navigation skills

Snow shelters (given suitable conditions)

Night exercise (given suitable conditions)

Emergency shelters

Consolidation Day

Review of the week’s training, reinforcing skills and techniques

Preparation for assessment


There will also be evening sessions covering the more theoretical aspects of the syllabus

Snow structure and avalanche

Winter navigation

Hypothermia and cold injuries

Workshops - Winter Mountain Leader scenarios

Experience Required

You must be registered on the Winter Mountain Leader scheme with Mountain Training Scotland prior to attending this course and have the required experience.You should ensure your DLOG is fully completed with your experience. 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.

Why Choose Plas y Brenin?

Our instructors are some of the UK’s most experienced. We train other instructors and help to write the national syllabuses for NGB qualifications in mountaineering, paddlesports, cycling and climbing. Our goal is to teach you skills to last a lifetime, and at Plas y Brenin you know you are getting training from the best.

If your course is based at Plas y Brenin, the residential price includes accommodation for the night before, and the duration of your time here. If you’re staying with us, we also provide delicious meals to keep you going as you learn, meaning you can concentrate on enjoying yourself.

When it comes to equipment, at Plas y Brenin we have a wide range of top-quality kit for you to use, all included in your course fee. This means if you’re just starting out, there’s no need to rush out and buy a load of expensive gear, and if you’re already pretty well kitted-out, it’s a great chance to try something new.

This is a non-residential course, so please organise your own food and accommodation for the duration of the course. Your equipment hire and in-course transport is included. Support is on hand from our friendly, and exceptionally well qualified staff, to help develop your understanding and personal skills. They also help you to formulate an appropriate action plan for your further development. The address of Plas y Brenin in Scotland is HF Holidays Alltshellach, Onich, Fort William, Inverness-Shire PH33 6SA.

What do I need to bring?
Equipment List
How should I prepare?
Preparation guide

Available Course Dates

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This course will help you become

ready to consolidate your experience further and attend your Mountain Leader Assessment Winter.

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