Winter skills on Ben Nevis and Glencoe

Gain and develop the winter skills you need for the Scottish mountains in winter

Winter ascent of Ben Nevis? Winter Munros?

Learn and develop winter skills on Ben Nevis and Glencoe. The Scottish Highlands in winter are both savage and beautiful, gain the confidence and knowledge you need. Our experienced local guide has run winter skills courses for colleges, Outdoor Centres and private clients. 

What winter skills course will you choose?

From total beginner to experienced mountaineers looking to gain winter skills, Wild Mountain Guides can help you. 

Local guide for Ben Nevis

We can provide ice axes and crampons and any other winter kit you might need such as shovels and helmets, etc. 

You will need at least a B1 boot, ideally a B2 boot, see this video from The British Mountaineering Council and fellow Association of Mountaineering Instructor for more information. These can be hired in Fort William. We give  you a list of hire centres with your joining instructions. We strongly recommend trying on hire boots before you go out. Well fitted boots are a pleasure to use. 

Over the years we have taken hundreds of people on their first winter days, from colleges, universities, outdoor centres through to private clients. We make sure the level of the day matches your fitness and experience.

Winter days can be tough. Long walk-ins, extra equipment and clothing, snow and wind can all increase the challenge. The more ‘hill fit’ you are the more you will gain. Remember it’s only you and your friends on this booking so you will not be held back or pushed too hard because the whole adventure is about you. 

If you want to buy lots of technical clothes in bright colours this could be a great excuse!

For many people your normal ‘summer’ mountain waterproof jacket, waterproof trousers, warm-layer such as a fleece, wicking base layer, gaiters, basic goggles, hat, neck gaiter with several pairs of gloves and a warm synthetic jacket will do. We give you a full kit list when you book. 

Similar adventures

Want more adventure?

Why not book a ‘rest day’ abseiling, climbing, scrambling and the amazing Tyrolean Traverse across the gorge in Glen Nevis.

All these activities are only a short distance from the road, so great for a low level day that is high in adventure.

How much does it cost to hire a guide for Ben Nevis

You can pay a 25% deposit at the checkout and pay the balance 14 days before your adventure. 

Ben Nevis local guides

Expert Local

Qualified, with in-depth experience of the Scottish mountains. Our main guide has spent decades working in the mountains. 

Ben Nevis small group guided walk

Just You and Your Friends

We work with small groups. All our bookings are just for you so the adventure is focused on your needs, not diluted by a big group.

video of Ben Nevis

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Just turn up with your boots, clothing and food. We provide any equipment needed. We’ll even send you the photos!

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