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2 day winter skills course

Holiday summary

Winter walking skills in the Cairngorms

Dates

01/01/2018, 09/02/2018, 09/03/2018, 23/03/2018

Duration

2 days

Meeting Points

Pick up available from: train = Aviemore station airport = Inverness

All Inclusive

No

Price

Grade

3 out of 5

Tour Highlights

HIGHLIGHTS

  • An educational introduction the equipment and skills required for traversing steep, snow covered terrain
  • Learn how to cut steps in various types of snow and ice
  • Learn to self-belay and self-arrest
  • Snow pit analysis and basic avalanche assessment
  • Learn to properly use crampons
  • Delicious home cooked meals provided from breakfast on Saturday morning to lunch on Sunday
  • Transport to the hills and transfers to your departure / arrival points

2 Day Winter Skills course in the Cairngorms

This winter skills course takes place in the Cairngorm Mountains – universally recognised as providing Britain’s most consistent winter conditions. Through our experience of instructing in this environment Scot Mountain Holidays have developed a clear, concise and structured approach. Our courses are delivered in a fun and progressive manner providing you with a clear understanding of all the necessary skills..

STRUCTURE OF THE COURSE
The course takes the form of 2 practical days and begins with an introduction to suitable equipment and moves through the various skills required for secure and efficient movement over steep, snow covered terrain. This is followed by the various techniques that are required in the event of a loss of footing or a sliding fall.

COURSE CONTENT
Boots, ice axes and crampons:
• Suitable boots
• Suitable length, design and carrying of the axe
• Various types of crampons, their uses and boot attachment systems

winter skills weekend

a bonus ascent of Cairgorm at the end of a day of winter skills training

Basic avalanche assessment:
• Snow pit analysis
• Appreciation of the conditions under which windslab forms and its recognition
• Avalanche triggers, precautions and emergency procedures

Skills:
• Good foot placement and step kicking
• Step cutting on various types of snow and ice
• Use of crampons and various techniques appropriate to the terrain
• Self belay and self arrest techniques

winter skills weekend

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We asked our guests what sets Scot Mountain Holidays apart, why they return year after year:

“the social aspect”  –  “the camaraderie, food and conversation”   –
“the company of the hosts”  –  
“so warm and welcoming”  –  

 “a profound sense of belonging”  –  “the welcome of Rebecca’s home cooked meal”  –  “Andy’s skills as a guide, naturalist and leader”  –  “stewardship, sustainability and a small footprint”  –  “in harmony with the land”  –  “a slice of rural Scottish life”

Scot Mountain Holidays is the ONLY adventure tour operator in Highlands of Scotland with a combined home and guest lodge. We strive to be more than just an tour. We aim to provide you with a ‘home away from home’ on your adventures. We thought of no better way of doing this than to welcome you into our own home.

We have owned and operated Fraoch Lodge as our home base and business since 1999. In that time, we have come to embrace our guests as members of our extended Highland family.

We source our meals from locally produced and home grown ingredients to provide you with the most delicious flavours and traditions the area has to offer (while minimising our impact on the environment, too). Our dining room and lounge are shared spaces where we gather with guests and friends to share in the holiday and offer you extensive knowledge of your tour.

No matter the season, the Cairngorms and Fraoch Lodge is a place to relax and explore all its beauty and comforts, and we hope to make you feel as at home as we are.

Top quality food

Enjoy top class family friendly and freshly prepared food.

 

dessert at Fraoch Lodge

Chowing down on some well deserved dessert for dinner after a hard day out on the hill.

We have achieved Gold Star Awards from the world’s most highly respected green accreditation scheme, Green Tourism, and were awarded Highly Commended in their Green Star Awards 2013 for both Scot Mountain Holidays and Fraoch Lodge. We offer a Green Travel Discount of £15 to any guests who travel to us by public transport. Our primary aim is to minimise the carbon footprint of our holidays, and to this end we donate 1% of the price of our tours to the RSPB’s Abernethy Reforestation project.

It is a holistic approach we have to the care of the environment. Andy your adventure guide has a passion for the natural world – whether it’s the flora, fauna or fungi. He has a background in geology and a lifelong interest in natural history, as well as being a keen gardener.  He knows a Golden Plover from a Dotterel, a Green Shank and a Dunlin. He also makes no apologies to being very excitable upon spying a Golden Eagle!

For further information, please don’t hesitate to check out our Environmental Responsibility page, or contact us directly at info@scotmountainholidays.com.

Booking Procedure

Departure Guarantee

We are proud to continue to offer our unique departure guarantee*. If your booking is confirmed by Scot Mountain Holidays you can be assured that your holiday will run. We can offer this guarantee as we are unique amongst walking holiday operators in Scotland by providing all the parts of your holiday (guiding, accommodation and catering) in-house.
* Scot Mountain Holidays reserves the right to alter the venue and itinerary of holidays advertised as based away from Fraoch Lodge.

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Booking online is straightforward and enables us to confirm your reservation immediately. We also accept bookings by telephone, email, and post.

Attention! Don’t forget to read our trip dossier and booking terms and conditions, BEFORE you complete the booking process!

A deposit of 50% is required at the time of booking unless you are booking less than 28 days before departure. In this case, full payment of the trip price is required


Your Financial Protection

In compliance with the UK Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 a client deposit account has been arranged with the Royal Bank of Scotland to protect monies paid in respect of travel arrangements offered in the Brochure and to cater, where necessary (and subject to the terms of the insurance policy), for a refund of such monies in the unlikely event of our financial failure. The balance of payment is due 28 days prior to the commencement of the course. Credit/debit cards accepted are: Visa, Visa Electron, Mastercard, Switch, Non-refundable deposits will be debited on receipt of the booking form. Balance of payment reminder will automatically be sent out to you. Please be prompt in paying the balance. If you decide to pay by internet bank transfer please use your own name or booking number as a reference for the payment so it can be reconciled.


Insurance

It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical and personal accident risks. This must include cover for the activities to be undertaken during the trip. We also recommend that you take out insurance which includes cancellation and baggage cover.

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