It promises to be an Ice Cool weekend on 27-29 November when Snow Factor Braehead, Scotland’s only indoor real snowsports facility hosts a special 3-day event that will include giving seasoned winter mountaineers and hillwalkers the chance to practice / get to grips with ice-climbing.

Special ice climbing workshops (including for teenagers), climbing films screened within the Tyrolean styled Bar Varia, a talk on mountain safety including avalanche awareness and the chance to pick-up terrific equipment at bargain basement prices for Christmas will all be part of the Ice Cool weekend.

On Friday 27 November (630pm), Fort William based climber extraordinaire Kev Shields (and an Ice Factor Kinlochleven route setter) will kick-off the weekend with a FREE and inspirational talk about his life of climbing, despite suffering from epilepsy and having limited use of his left hand. His talk will be followed by climbing films in Bar Varia and the start of the sale of mountaineering equipment and clothing from the shop at (currently closed) Ice Factor Kinlochleven.

On Saturday 28 November (1pm) Ayrshire born Shields will be back in action with fellow climber Joe Sanders to run special ice-climbing/dry-tooling workshops (1pm-230pm / 3pm-430pm). Spaces will be limited and at a special £5pp session price (including all instruction and equipment) are sure to be popular. The clothing and equipment sale will continue to run throughout the day.

On Saturday evening, Pete Hyde, Ice Factor International’s technical adviser and mountaineering instructor will deliver a talk on mountain safety and avalanche awareness.

On Sunday (29 November), with heavily discounted mountaineering kit still up for grabs, it’s the turn of budding young ice-climbers to be in action. Three special ice-climbing sessions (noon-130pm / 2pm-330pm / 4pm-530pm) are being offered to those aged 12-18 years-old.  The cost will be just £15pp and is inclusive of instruction and equipment (note a size 4 is the smallest boot size available).