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Educator Expedition: Skiing Alaska’s Thompson Pass

By Kate Koons on Mar 10, 2016


The ladies. Photo by Kate Koons.

For years, I have seen the pictures, heard the stories, and dreamt of skiing in Alaska.

A number of former NOLS instructors have made their way to Alaska to guide, many of them under the guidance of Don Sharaf, who still works as a forecaster and guide for Valdez Heli Ski Guides. If you are guiding in Valdez, you’re pretty much at the top of your game.

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Topics: Leadership Skills, NOLS Alaska, Educators Notebook, Becoming an Instructor, education, backcountry, NOLS Teton Valley, backcountry skiing, Instructor Development Fund

Berkshire School Slays Powder in the Tetons

By Kate Koons on Mar 12, 2015

On Monday, NOLS Teton Valley wrapped up the inaugural winter ski course with the Berkshire School, a private boarding school in Massachusetts. The campus was pleased to host the new course and have our first ever high school students out on a winter adventure.

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Topics: Skiing, NOLS Teton Valley, NOLS Professional Training