John : Climbing Instructor and Guidebook Author


Scottish Ski Mountaineering Courses

I have several 2 and 3 day Scottish Ski Courses scheduled during winter 2016-17. These courses are designed as an introduction to ski-mountaineering for regular skiers. The courses will cover mainly the mountain skills necessary to ski safely over Scotland's munros. They are suitable for any experienced skiers or snowboarders who want to try moving beyond the pistes. While experience of winter walking in Scotland is an advantage it is not necessary to have this beforehand.  Minimum skiing ability is essential - you should be able to descend some black runs, and come down red runs quickly and efficiently.

Areas we'll aim to cover during two or three days of skiing over the tops of munros include the following:- route planning, avalanche assessment, navigation on skis, use of ice-axe and crampons, basic ropework and belays.  Each course will be kept very flexible to adapt to the needs of the clients who book. To some extent we will also have to adapt to the Scottish weather and snow conditions, which can be unpredictable.

These courses are designed for those with their own skis or splitboards, but I can easily help to arrange hire equipment in the Aviemore area if you need it.


Please note that while these scheduled courses run in the Aviemore area, I can also run courses at other venues to suit. Other good options include the Glenshee and Ben Lawers areas in Perthshire and the Fort William area in Lochaber.

Skiing down Stob Coire Sgriodain, Scottish Highlands, April 2016.  

Skiing down Stob Coire Sgriodain, Scottish Highlands, April 2016.

Skiing the NE rdige of Ben Nevis, May 2015.

Skiing the NE ridge of Ben Nevis, May 2015.


We use the wee town of Aviemore in the Scottish highlands as a base for these courses. There are various accommodation options in this area, including hostels, B&B and *** and **** hotels. I can help with arranging accommodation once you have booked a place on one of these courses. Travel to the area is easiest done by car from most of Scotland or northern England. From further afield it is possible to arrive by train or to fly into Inverness airport and rent a car (or we may be able to pick you up there). If you want advice on travel and accommodation options before booking please ask!

Ski touring equipment can be rented in Aviemore if you don't have your own.

2017 DATES

  18th & 19th February 2017 - 2 day course - Saturday and Sunday

8th & 9th April 2017 - 2 day course - Saturday and Sunday

 I'll schedule a few courses for winter 2018, running between about mid-February through to early April 2018. Details available from about June or early July this year.


Our price doesn't include your accommodation and travel to the area, or ski hire, but we can help you arrange these.

 3-day course fee  --  245 per person.

 2-day course --  195 per person.

Estimated Accommodation & Meals (2 or 3 nights) -- 100 to 200 per person

Please note that we can offer discounts on the above prices if you have a group of three or four persons

We generally need a minimum of two bookings to run these courses, there will  be a maximum of four on the courses. Private guiding is also available for groups or individuals.


To book a course please print a Booking Form and read the full Booking Conditions.  We'll require a completed booking form returned by post or email and a 50% deposit payment per person.

Skiing on Carn Gorm, Glen Lyon 

Skiing in the hills above Glen Lyon, March 2014.


Skinning up towards the summit of Ben More, May 2015. The peak in the Background is Stob binnien, with the very nice NE face descent on the left.

Skinning up towards the summit of Ben More, May 2015. The peak in the background is Stob Binnien, with the very nice NE face descent on the left.