Introduction To Winter Hiking

Call us at (845)668-2030 to book a private course or email us at [email protected] for more information.


1 day (9:00am-4:00pm)

Meeting Location

EMS Climbing School
2686 White Mountain Highway
North Conway, NH 03860




Group course:  $150/person

Please click here for private rates.


Lodging is not included in course fee.  Students will be responsible for their own accommodations.  Click here for area lodging.

Gear List

All technical equipment will be provided.  Click here for items you will be responsible for bringing.



Are you looking to extend your three-season outdoor fun but not quite sure where to begin?  Come join us for our introduction to winter hiking course and see why you don’t need to put your adventures on hold when the snow starts to fly.  wc101-400x500During this program we will learn how to adapt our basic hiking skills to the winter environment, learn appropriate emergency preparedness for cold environments, learn all about appropriate clothing and equipment and how to have fun and stay warm during your expanded four-season endeavors.

The focus of the outdoor portion of this day will be on practical use of different traction devices such as snowshoes, microspikes, and crampons.  We will spend a good amount of time practicing using crampons and mountaineering axes and learn how they can aid us in our winter travels.  Lastly, we will touch on some improvised ways to increase our security on steep, icy trails, such as using a rope as a hand line.

IMPORTANT:  1) Weather and conditions may inhibit us from covering all topics outlined in this course.  Please be open to a flexible schedule.  2) Groups classes require a minimum enrollment of two people.  If you are booking alone for a group class your reservation is subject to change if minimum enrollment is not reached.  Group classes are perfect for those with flexible schedules.  If you have specific time and learning needs, any class can be booked privately any day of the week.  For information about private reservations, please call 845-668-2030.


Groups meet promptly at 9:00am at the Eastern Mountain Sports in North Conway.  Click here for directions.  In the morning you will meet your guide and get outfitted with any gear we may need for the day.  A good portion of the day will be spent outside so please dress appropriately for the weather.  You should also bring enough food and water for the entire day and a backpack to carry items on the trail.  The day will end around 4:00pm back at EMS.

Included/Not Included

Participants will be outfitted with all equipment needed for the day.  You are welcome to bring your own gear, but it will be subject to a safety inspection by your guide.  Equipment provided includes mountaineering boots, crampons, mountaineering axe, harness, helmet, snowshoes, trekking poles, and climbing hardware.  Participants will be expected to arrive dressed appropriately for the weather and provide their own water, lunches, and snacks for the day.  See our gear list for a complete list of items you will be responsible for bringing.  Meals, lodging, and transportation are not included.

Cancellation Policy

Payment is due in full at time of reservation to secure your reservation.  Events run rain or shine.  Eastern Mountain Sports Schools reserves the right to cancel or reschedule events for low participation, weather, or safety concerns at any time.  We will try to give as much advance notice as possible, but may not always be able to give much advance warning, especially for weather cancellations.  Cancellations or schedule changes 14 days or more prior to the event start date will be fully refunded or credited with no penalty.  Within 14 days of the start date, courses cannot be refunded, but changes to reservations will be granted up until 7 days of the start date.  Reservation changes of any kind within 7 days of the event start date will not be refunded and you will not be allowed to carry over deposits to future events.  If you have any questions please call 845-668-2030.  We will be more than happy to review our cancellation policy with you.