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Topic - Conditions for basic winter skills

Phil J Booth - on 20 Dec 2012
Hello,

I'm hoping to take my wife out this side of Christmas to find something white and snowy to start teaching her some basic winter skills.....kicking steps, using crampons, ice axe arrest etc.

Has anybody got any ideas of where there is currently some snow on a suitable hill to learn some of these basic skills?
We live in Manchester, so my plan was to go up to the Lake District, but I'm really not sure where is going to be best as I've not been out yet this winter.
I guess the obvious area is around Helvellyn for snow at the moment, but I'm really just after some gentle slopes to plod up rather than exposed ridge lines or gullies.

Thanks in advance.

Phil
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