One Day Winter Skills Courses 

Winter Skills snow

The winter skills day course, based in the Lake District National Park, are taster day for anyone who wants to learn the basics of how to use an ice axe and crampons for winter walking. A Lake District Fell Top Assessor will guide you through the basic techniques required for safe winter walking in the fells. Courses run from December through to April, check out the dates and book now here.

About the course

The winter skills day course is an opportunity to spend a day on Helvellyn with a Lake District National Park Authority Fell Top Assessor as they climb to the summit of the mountain to take snow and weather readings for Lake District Weatherline Service. For each course our Fell Top Assessor will guide you on a different route on the mountain, chosen according to snow and weather conditions and the ability of the group members, and will teach you the basic skills of snowcraft you need for safe winter walking in the fells and mountains of the UK. The day promises to be strenuous, informative, challenging, but also a lot of fun. Sounds good? Book now

  • Start point: 09.30am in Glenridding
  • Postcode: / grid ref: CA11 0PD / NY385169
  • Price: £90 adults only
  • Length: 10-15km
  • Duration: 8-9 hours
  • Total ascent: 900m
  • Highest point: 950m
  • Grade: Strenuous
  • A good level of fitness is required

Dates

The winter skills course run from December through to April, various days. Check out the calendar here.

Your instructor

The courses are run by our Fell Top Assessors who summit Helvellyn daily through the winter months so they know the winter conditions out on the fells as well as anyone. Book now.

Essential

We provide all the technical gear for the day, but you are expected to have your own personal clothing and equipment. You will need*:

  • Full waterproofs (including trousers and gaitors)
  • Warm layers including a spare fleece/down jacket
  • Woolly hat and gloves, ski goggles, head torch and spare batteries
  • Rucksack (at least 30L), and winter walking boots (must be rated B1 or B2 to take crampons)
  • Packed lunch including a hot drink and spare snacks
  • You will also need an ice axe and crampons (rated at least C1 – not ‘spikes’) – you can hire from one of our Fell Top Assessors but there is limited stock of ice axes and crampons for hire. These cost £10 for an axe and £10 for a pair of crampons per day. These must be booked in advance, so please email Lorraine Brierley if you want to hire these items - lorraine.brierley@lakedistrict.gov.uk

*The instructor reserves the right to refuse to take anyone on the day who does not have the correct personal clothing and boots. No jeans please, and avoid cotton baselayers.

In the event that there is a lack of snow or snow conditions are deteriorating, a course will continue with a mountaineering day. The day will provide the opportunity to experience a day in the mountains with our highly skilled and qualified Fell Top Assessor(s).

In the event of adverse weather our Fell Top Assessor(s) will make a decision on the day as to whether the event will proceed or an alternative be offered. Their decision is final.

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Winter Skills

Free prize draw

Full terms and conditions

*The promoter and prize is Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA), whose offices are at Murley Moss, Oxenholme Road, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 7RL.

*There is one bundle prize, Columbia Outdry Extreme Eco jacket from Columbia and Petzl Summit Evo Ice Axe from Petzl. No choice of other products and prizes are all subject to available. Alternative items might be provided if required by the promoter.

*Prize will be posted to the winner.

*This competition is open to residents of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland aged 18 years or over, except for the Lake District National Park/Brockhole, their families or anyone else associated with this competition.

*The winner must provide postal address

*There is no entry fee but purchase of a Lake District National Park winter skills course for before 30th September is required to be entered into this free prize draw. Only one entry is permitted per person. Competition entrants must be aged 18 years or over.

*Closing date for entry will be 23:59 30th September 2017. After this date, no further entries to the competition will be permitted. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.

*The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice if something should happen outside of the promoter's control.

*Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

*No cash alternative to the prize will be offered. The prize is not transferable.

*The prize is subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

*The winner will be chosen at random from all valid competition entries. The winner will be notified by email within 28 days of the closing date.

*If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

*Should the winner be unable to take the prize, the prize will be passed to the second drawn entrant.

*Once a date has been chosen by the winner these are non-transferable and no alternative dates can be offered.

*The prize as described is available on the date of publication.

*By entering this competition, you will also be subscribing to the Lake District National Park database. You may unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the 'Unsubscribe' option within the newsletter, however unsubscribing before the competition closing date, will disqualify your entry.

*Contact details for the winner will be passed on to the prize provider so that they can notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected / redeemed.

*The promoter's decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

*The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.vThe prize winner agrees (as a condition of accepting the prize) to the use of his / her name, county of residence (if such prize winner is resident within the UK) or country of residence (if such prize winner is resident outside the UK) and one or more photograph of themselves in any publicity material and to co-operate with or participate in any other reasonable post-competition publicity.

*Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant's prior consent.

*The winners' names will be available on our website www.lakeweatherline.co.uk or 28 days after closing date by sending a stamped addressed envelope to the following address: Lake District National Park Authority, Murley Moss, Oxenholme Road, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 7RL.

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*You are providing your information to LDNPA and not to any other party. Anyone who is a) an employee of either LDNPA or b) a family members of such an employee will not be permitted to enter the competition.

*Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.