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How To Build a Winter Snow Shelter

By Erin Rooney Doland on Jan 13, 2020
Photo by Molly Hagbrand

Winter is in full swing in the northern hemisphere and snow camping is in the forecast. People who regularly camp in below-freezing temperatures and piles of snow know it has numerous advantages over warm-weather camping. That’s right, advantages.

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Topics: snow, Skiing, Camping, winter camping, Skills, winter, education, backcountry skiing, quizhee, snow camping

Spring Break 2020: Get Ready for Adventure

By NOLS on Oct 1, 2019
Photo by Molly Hagbrand

Make your spring break an adventure. Forget the crowded ski resorts or touristy beach vacation—it’s time to do something different.

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Topics: Skills, Baja Sea Kayaking, Kayaking, Rock Climbing, education, backcountry skiing, NOLS Expeditions, Announcements, spring break

3 Mottos I Learned From My AMGA Ski Guide Training

By Jesse Quillian on Sep 18, 2019
Managing loose dry sluffs in "Mozambique." Photo by Mike Poborsky, Course Director.

In Spring 2019, NOLS instructor Jesse Quillian, also the field staffing director, participated in a 10-day AMGA Ski Guide Course based out of Jackson, WY, through the support of NOLS’ Pete Absolon Memorial Endowment and the Field Instructor Development Fund.

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Topics: Skiing, Skills, Becoming an Instructor, winter, backcountry skiing, Instructor Development Fund (IDF), Stories, Instructor Stories

Winter & Spring 2020 Expeditions Now Online

By NOLS on Jun 11, 2019
Photo by Lisa Moen

Summer's here, and we want you to savor every single late-evening walk and early morning paddle.

But don't be fooled—fall and winter will arrive sooner than you think, and you don't want to be the person finishing out summer with nothing to look forward to until next year!

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Topics: Sailing, Events, climbing, Skills, Kayaking, Rock Climbing, backcountry skiing, snowboarding, NOLS Expeditions, Announcements, spring break, affinity

Everything You Need to Know About Winter Camping

By Rob Motley on Feb 8, 2019
Students during dawn patrol.Photo by Katie Oram

“Winter camping is a really unique and different experience. Only a small portion of people go expedition-style winter camping the way NOLS does,” explains Katie Oram, a veteran NOLS instructor.

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Topics: Skiing, Camping, Skills, Leave No Trace, winter, backcountry skiing, snowboarding, splitboarding

Meeting the Experts: NOLS Winter Instructor Kate Koons

By Caleb Walker on Dec 18, 2018
Photo by Kate Koons

Kate Koons has a love affair with winter sports.

It began when she learned to ski as part of an after-school program in northern New Jersey.

"There was one lift and one Poma and many of my first memories revolved around trying to push my sister off the Poma lift, or not fall down while skiing the icy moguls to the bottom."

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Topics: winter camping, winter, NOLS Teton Valley, backcountry skiing, inspiring women, snowboarding, splitboarding, women in leadership, Stories, Instructor Stories, Leadership

Educator Expedition: Winter Exploring

By Ethan Wolston on Apr 22, 2016

Three winters ago I cut my old Never Summer snowboard in half and made a splitboard from the pieces. It was a fun project and the beginning of a new adventure exploring the winter backcountry around my home.

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Topics: adventure, Educators Notebook, Becoming an Instructor, education, backcountry, NOLS Teton Valley, backcountry skiing, splitboarding

Educator Training: AIARE Avalanche 1 Course

By Miles Turner on Apr 15, 2016

After taking the December NOLS Winter Training Trip, an introduction to backcountry winter travel and camping, I became passionate about learning everything that goes into backcountry skiing and the decision-making surrounding this wonderful sport. For those of us who grew up skiing the slush and ice of East Coast resorts, the feeling of skiing deep untracked powder in the backcountry out west is truly incredible.

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Topics: Educators Notebook, Becoming an Instructor, education, backcountry, NOLS Teton Valley, backcountry skiing, splitboarding

Educator Expedition: Avalanche Training in the Tetons

By NOLS Blog on Mar 17, 2016

 

Digging an avalanche pit. Photo courtesy of Mandeep Nandal.
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Topics: Leadership Skills, Educators Notebook, Becoming an Instructor, winter, education, backcountry, NOLS Teton Valley, backcountry skiing, IDF, Instructor Development Fund (IDF)

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

Our Favorite Winter Photos

By Molly Herber on Dec 21, 2015

We know you might be busy working or studying right now, so here are some amazing photos to feed your soul until the next time you can play outside.

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Topics: NOLS Rocky Mountain, winter, NOLS Teton Valley, backcountry skiing, snowboarding, splitboarding

Pathfinding on an Outdoor Semester

By Matt Kearns on Jun 30, 2015

Backpacking in Wyoming's Wind River Range. Photo by Jamie Taylor.

Matt Kearns spent the spring of 2015 on a NOLS Outdoor Educator Semester. From backcountry skiing to whitewater canoeing, he did it all. Read about his semester, funded in part with his veterans benefits, and how it helped give him the space and direction to consider a career in the natural sciences.

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Topics: Semester, NOLS Rocky Mountain, climbing, Backpacking, video, NOLS Southwest, backcountry skiing, Canyoneering, Wilderness Medicine