Based at Aviemore in the Cairngorms national park, this one-day avalanche avoidance course is undeniably, ideal for individuals with some experience in winter hillwalking, mountaineering or climbing. In this course, we will complete a range of topics both in the classroom and out in the field. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to explore certain topics such as what is an avalanche? How are they formed? And how can the weather forecast be interpreted?

Who is this course for?

Consequently, if you have some experience in winter hillwalking, mountaineering or climbing, are over 18 and would like to gain a better understanding of avalanche avoidance and good practice, this could be the perfect course for you! Conversely, so that the course can be tailored to exact requirements, it will run on the basis of six people to one instructor.

What will I be doing as part of this course?


A combination of classroom and hill based training will be completed. Which moreover, will cover a number of topics. Including:

  • What is an avalanche?
  • What is the cause of an avalanche?
  • How can I interpret the information given by the Scottish Avalanche Information Service?
  • How can I interpret the weather forecast?
  • An introduction to the ‘Be Avalanche Aware’ model
  • How is journey and route planning determined by the weather forecast?
  • How can I correctly interpret the snowpack and hill conditions?
  • What is the safest way to travel whilst reducing risk?
Other Information about the course


Where is this course located?

The course will take place at Aviemore in the Cairngorms national park. Undeniably providing perfect access to the ski road which heads right up to the Northern Cairngorms. Furthermore, local areas of Glen Feshie and Craeg Meagaidh provide alternative locations if required.

Where do we meet?

Mountain Cafe at Aviemore, behind Tesco. Which is located above Cairngorm Mountain Sports Shop, Grampian Road, Aviemore, PH22 1RH. Meanwhile, individuals doing this course privately can, of course, be met at their accommodation if requested.

How do I get there?

Markedly, Aviemore is accessible from virtually any part of the UK. Including London. Wherever possible, we will provide transport between our meeting point and location of interest. However, due to limited seats, you may need to bring your own transport.

Will I need to provide any equipment?

Specifically, we suggest bringing these items as an absolute minimum:

  • Outdoor thermal top, fleece/powerstretch warm top, insulating warm layer (synthetic down duvet recommended), waterproof jacket with good hood
  • Bottom layers, waterproof trousers
  • Thin gloves, thich winter gloves/mitts, wool socks, hat and neck gaiter/buff
  • Winter boots (B1 or B2) and gaiters, crampons compatible with your boots
  • Map (1:50k sheet 36 for Aviemore courses) and compass
  • Single walking ice axe (50-60cm recommended)
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Ski goggles and sunglasses
  • Flask
  • 30-40 litre rucksack
  • Suncream

Please be aware that if you need to hire boots, there are only a couple of local outlets that offer this service. And inevitably during busy periods, they sell out quickly. Henceforth, three local stores that we are aware offer this service are Braemar Mountain Sports, Mountain Spirit and Ellis Brigham.

Can we offer accommodation?


North East OA don’t currently offer accommodation because we find that most of our customers wish to arrange this themselves. However, we are able to recommend a number of options. Consequently, please contact us for more information.