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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: Baja Sea Kayaking, rock climbing, education, backcountry skiing, NOLS Expeditions, 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.
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Topics: instructor, winter, backcountry skiing, Instructor Development Fund (IDF), stories

Winter & Spring 2020 Expeditions Now Online

By NOLS on Jun 11, 2019

Kayaking in New Zealand. Photo by Lisa Moen.
 

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

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, education, backcountry skiing, Prime, splitboarding, announcement, 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.
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Topics: camping, leave no trace, winter, backcountry skiing, snowboarding, splitboarding

Meeting the Experts: NOLS Winter Instructor Kate Koons

By Caleb Walker on Dec 18, 2018


Kate Koons takes a photo of her friends on an expedition in Alaska.

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."

These days she is referred to as the "winter guru" around NOLS.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, winter camping, winter, NOLS Teton Valley, backcountry skiing, inspiring women, snowboarding, splitboarding, women in leadership, stories

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, instructors, 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, 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: Educators Notebook, instructor, instructors, winter, education, backcountry, NOLS Teton Valley, backcountry skiing, IDF, Instructor Development Fund (IDF), leadership

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: NOLS Alaska, Educators Notebook, instructor, education, backcountry, NOLS Teton Valley, backcountry skiing, Instructor Development Fund, leadership

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, Live the Dream, 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, Live the Dream, video, NOLS Southwest, backcountry skiing, canyoneering, Wilderness Medicine