12th - 13th March 2022

​Empowering, encouraging and enthusing women to explore the mountains in winter



The Scottish Highlands in winter can be wild and intimidating, but they can also be awe-inspiring and magical.

With the right skills and knowledge, you can make these mountains your playground throughout the winter months.

We are teaming up with Abacus Mountain Guides to bring you a weekend of new experiences, new skills and a chance to push yourself physically and mentally in a safe, supportive environment.

Whether you are new to snowy mountains or an experienced winter climber looking to perfect your technique, the Women’s Winter Festival has something for you.  Join us for a weekend of building confidence and having fun in a unique celebration of the great outdoors!  

See below for details on all courses and workshops taking place as part of the inaugural Womens Winter Festival on 12th & 13th March 2022.

There is also an evening programme of inspirational speakers and winter safety tutorials.

Not sure it’s for you? – just drop us an email and find out. 




Winter Trail Running

DATE: Sat, March 12th, 2022

9:30 AM – 4:00 PM GMT

PRICE: £60

If you're a keen trail runner but feel vulnerable straying away from known routes in the winter months, then this is the event for you!


This taster-day covers the fundamentals of trail running through remote or upland terrain in winter, and is designed to give you the knowledge, skills and self-sufficiency to stay safe in challenging conditions.


Navigation Skills Refresher - Be Winter Ready

DATE: Sun, March 13th,

9:30 AM – 5:00 PM GMT

PRICE: £60

A one-day navigation course for women, refreshing the essential techniques and strategies necessary for navigating in the mountain environment - including in poor visibility and winter conditions.


Beginner to intermediate level.


Descending Performance

DATE: Sunday 13th March, 09:00-12:30 PM GMT

PRICE: £25

Bullet-proof your descending skills with this collaborative workshop from Girls on Hills and chartered physiotherapists, Physio Effect.

Improving your downhill running will not only make you faster on race day, but will also reduce energy expenditure and aid recovery.


Mountain King running poles demo - Try for yourself!

DATE: Sunday 13th March 14:00 PM GMT


Try a set of Mountain King running poles and learn how to run with poles in this skills workshop from Girls on Hills and Mountain King.




2 Day Winter Hill Walking Skills

DATE: Sat 13th - Sun 14th March 2021
​8am to 5pm, meeting at Ellis Brigham in Fort William

PRICE: £160

Learn the basic skills required to start exploring the mountains in winter so your adventures don't stop when the snow starts falling.


2 Day Intro to Winter Climbing

DATE: Sat 13th - Sun 14th March 2021
​8am to 5pm, meeting at Ellis Brigham in Fort William

PRICE: £230

Get to grips with basic rope work and other essential skills to take your winter outings onto grade I and II ridges and gullies.

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2 Day Winter Climbing Progression

DATE: Sat 13th - Sun 14th March 2021
​8am to 5pm, meeting at Ellis Brigham in Fort William

PRICE: £300

Make the move onto steeper terrain and learn the skills to start tackling grade II and II winter routes.

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Intro to Ski Touring

DATE: Sat 13th - Sun 14th March 2021
​8am to 5pm, meeting at Ellis Brigham in Fort William

PRICE: £160

This introductory level ski touring course will teach you all you need to know to start exploring the winter mountains on skis. 

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