Project Description

Sierra Nevada Winter Skills & Summits

This is a beautiful week of winter walking and snowshoeing in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Southern Spain, climbing some of the highest mountains in Spain in winter conditions, expanding planning skills, winter movement skills and avalanche avoidance skills all whilst exploring some of the beautiful snowy peaks that the area has to offer in winter.

Location: Sierra Nevada Mountains, Spain – Flying into Malaga
Price: £595 per person
Ratio: 1:4
Length: 5 days

Who is the trip suitable for?

Learn the skills necessary to travel safely through the mountains in winter, focusing on giving you the confidence to venture out independently and avoid being another avalanche statistic! The ideal course for beginners and those keen to brush up on winter skills for hill walking and snowshoeing. The course allows a reliable winter snowpack and more benign mountain conditions that might be found in the UK at this time of year.

The normal 1:4 ratio allows us to give each client proper personal attention and allow you achieve far more during the week. It also allows us to tailor the skill input to suit those who wish to learn as much as possible vs those who would like to explore the area.

There will be no technical climbing and no glaciers. We have a wide range of mountains to explore and will tailor the week to suit the weather and the snow conditions.

The Sierra Nevada Mountains

The Sierra Nevada National Park is a paradise for walkers, with an incredible range of scenery on offer. Beautiful river valleys and pine forests give way to seemingly barren mountains with spectacular views over the surrounding countryside and Granada. On a clear day, you can even see right across the Mediterranean to Morocco.

One of the most appealing aspects of walking in the Sierra Nevada is the incredible peace and quiet. Due to the huge size of the national park and the fact that few people outside Spain are aware of the excellent hiking available, you can spend the whole day in the mountains and hardly meet anyone. In fact, the Sierra Nevada National Park covers 85,883 hectares, making it the biggest national park in Spain.

In the winter months we can enjoy blue skies and sunshine combined with snow capped peaks – which feels incredibly special in the month of December!

What does the Sierra Nevada winter skills week cover?

The course aims to cover all of the essential skills that you require in winter to be a self sufficient hill walker and enjoy this wonderful time of year safely and confidently. The big benefit of a 5 day course is that we will experience different snow types throughout the week which is really valuable from an avalanche avoidance and axe and crampon/snowshoe skills point of view.

Skills covered in the week include:

– Five full days of practical instruction in the mountains
– Choice and use of equipment for the winter environment
– Movement skills on snow
– Use of the ice axe
– How to fit and use crampons – when to put them on and take them off
_ How to fit and use snowshoes – when to choose them over crampons
– Emergency use of the rope in winter
– Emergency snow shelters
– Mountain journeys putting all of the skills into perspective
– Mountain navigation
– Planned snow shelters
– Avalanche avoidance & snow analysis
– Diet & nutrition for winter walking
– Cold weather injury avoidance
– Emergency procedures

The Programme:

We will meet at Malaga airport and share hire cars. The program will be flexible to allow for the conditions that we find on the ground, but we will aim to explore the area, tick off some summits, enjoy some mountain journeys and expand your knowledge of winter skills.

During the week we would aim journey each day taking in summits and in the process look at: movement on snowshoe and the equipment needed, the use of Transceiver, Probe and Shovel as winter safety equipment, planning routes in winter and referencing the Be Avalanche Aware processes to help with this as well as interpreting snow conditions on the ground and a introductory look at snow science.

What is included in the course cost?

The course fee includes leadership and logistical organisation.
You will need to pay for your own flights and transfers. You will need to book your own accommodation. In 2019 we found a Villa for everyone to share and will happily do the same again for 2020. This part of Spain is pretty cheap compared to the Alpine countries; you can get a good meal out with drinks for 20 Euros.


Other Questions

If you have any questions that you can’t find answers to on the website visit our contact page for details on how to get in touch. We look forward to meeting you!


Hi Rob – 

Whilst it doesn’t seem two minutes since I was recording how much I had enjoyed joining you and Sandy in Torridon last month, I must now again convey my thanks to the pair of you for laying-on a truly magnificent weeks trekking in Sierra Nevada.

The abundant daily sunshine and cooling winds couldn’t have been better for our ascents of the three highest mountains – Mulhacén (3479m), Veleta (3398m) and Alcazaba (3371) – on the mainland of Spain from our base in Monachil. Together with the last, lower and most enjoyable ascent of Trevenque (2079m) on Friday, ensured a week to top any in the mountains anywhere. 

The assembled company of Miriam, Claire, Steve, Sarah and Stephen were personification of your ability to bring like minded, fun loving people together. 

Great to have been along with everyone. 

Bob – October 2019 – Read blog post from that trip here


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