One Day Winter Skills Courses

Helvellyn Winter Skills

Winter 2019/20:

We'll be releasing dates and taking bookings for our next season of Winter Skills Courses in the autumn.

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 event our Fell Top Assessor will guide you on a route up the mountain, chosen according to snow and weather conditions and the ability of the group members, teaching you the basic skills of snowcraft needed 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!

Group Course:

  • Upto 6 participants on a group course
  • £100 per adult

Exclusive Masterclass:

  • A private masterclass with the Fell Top Assessor
  • 1:1 - £250 just you and the Fell Top Assessor
  • 2:1 - £325 you and one guest and the Fell Top Assessor

About the course

A Lake District 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.

  • Start point: 08.30am in Glenridding Postcode: / grid ref: CA11 0PD / NY385169
  • Length: 10-15km
  • Duration: 8-9 hours
  • Total ascent: 900m
  • Highest point: 950m
  • Grade: Strenuous
  • A good level of fitness is required.
  • Adults only. Not open to those under 18 years of age.

Winter Skills Gift Vouchers

Gift vouchers for our group courses and private masterclasses are now available. Perfect presents for those looking for a true Lake District adventure!

Lake District National Park winter skills gift voucher present
Fell Top Assessors in full winter mountain kit
Group Winter Skills Course in the Lake District


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 gaiters)
  • Warm layers including a spare fleece/down jacket
  • Woolly hat and gloves, ski goggles, head torch and spare batteries
  • Rucksack (at least 30L)
  • Winter walking boots (must be rated B1 or B2 to take crampons - see our list of compatible boots) can be hired on booking at £10 per day
  • Packed lunch including a hot drink and spare snacks
  • You will also need an ice axe and crampons (rated at least C1 – not ‘spikes’) –can be hired on booking. 

You will have the option at the checkout to rent four season mountain boots from us, priced at £10 per day. Alternatively If you are in need of winter walking boots that crampons can attach to, we recommend giving 'Mountain Circles' a call on 07813266020. Boot rental is £10 per day. They may be able to provide goggles as well.

*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.

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.

The winter skills course run from December through to April.

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.

There must be a minimum of 3 participants / maximum of 6 for the group courses to run. All courses must be booked in advance.  

Disclaimer: Winter hill walking is a potentially hazardous activity. Although all reasonable steps are taken to ensure the safety of people participating in the events listed, individuals do so at their own risk. Your instructor reserves the right to refuse to guide anyone who does not have appropriate clothing and footwear. Please phone prior to booking if there are any disabilities which could affect the logistics of the course. 

Please read our full terms and conditions before booking

Boots compatible with crampons


  • Serai GTX
  • Tengu GTX
  • Montagnard GTX
  • Yatumine GTX
  • Terrealte GTX


  • Kibo


  • Arwa Bi Flex
  • Nelion


  • Mountain Guide Pro GTX
  • Pinnacle GTX
  • Tower LX GTX


  • Badile Combi GTX

La Sportiva

  • G2 SM
  • G5
  • Nepal Cube
  • Nepal Extreme
  • Trango Ice Cube
  • Trango S Evo
  • Trango Tower GTX


  • Mamook GTX
  • Magic Guide High GTX
  • Magic High GTX

Meindl (German Rating C & D)

  • Jorasse GTX
  • Jorasse Lady GTX
  • Super Perfect
  • Perfect
  • Verte GTX
  • Glockner MFS
  • GroBvenediger MFS


  • Charpoua GTX Alpine


  • Charmoz
  • Manta Pro GTX
  • Mont Blanc Pro GTX
  • Phantom Tech
  • R-Evo Pro GTX
  • Rebel Lite GTX
  • SL Active


  • Dufur Evo GTX RR
  • Expert Pro GTX RR
  • Mountain Pro Evo GTX RR