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Educator Expedition: Family Time Rafting on the Middle Fork

By Will Stubblefield on 4/17/17 8:51 AM

We arrived at Velvet Falls, one of the first notable rapids of this family trip down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, whitewater rafting, NOLS Teton Valley, instructor

Thriving as Women Boaters on the Main Salmon River

By Liz Hardwick on 5/24/16 9:53 AM

NOLS instructor Liz Hardwick writes about learning new tricks on a familiar river.

Jen pokes me awake as I am drifting off, trying to sleep before the moon gets up above the canyon walls. “Do you think I can run Vinegar in a solo boat?” she asks.

We’re camped on the Main Salmon River, all white sandy beaches, steep dry mountains and fun, fun rapids. This is the night before we get off the river and Vinegar is downstream of us, the last big rapid and one of the most challenging ones on the river.

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Topics: adventure, canoe, education, Educators Notebook, IDF, instructor, Instructor Development Fund (IDF), instructors, leadership, NOLS Rocky Mountain, NOLS Teton Valley

Educator Expedition: Winter Exploring

By Ethan Wolston on 4/22/16 2:23 PM

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, backcountry, backcountry skiing, education, Educators Notebook, instructors, NOLS Teton Valley, splitboarding

How You Can Be More Sustainable Every Day

By Sarah Zimmerman on 4/22/16 8:34 AM

At NOLS, we try hard to incorporate earth-friendly practices into our work every week, every day, around the world. We try new ideas, like planting native flower seeds, and stick with the old practices that we’ve been working on for years, like repairing gear to keep it in use.

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Topics: education, Environmental Stewardship, Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability, NOLS Alaska, NOLS Australia, NOLS India, NOLS Mexico, NOLS New Zealand, NOLS Northeast, NOLS Pacific Northwest, NOLS Patagonia, NOLS Scandinavia, NOLS Southwest, NOLS Teton Valley, NOLS Three Peaks Ranch, NOLS Yukon, NOLS East Africa

Educator Training: AIARE Avalanche 1 Course

By Miles Turner on 4/15/16 12:15 PM

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: backcountry, backcountry skiing, education, Educators Notebook, instructor, NOLS Teton Valley, splitboarding

Educator Expedition: Avalanche Training in the Tetons

By NOLS Blog on 3/17/16 7:56 AM
Digging an avalanche pit. Photo courtesy of Mandeep Nandal.
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Topics: backcountry, backcountry skiing, education, Educators Notebook, IDF, instructor, Instructor Development Fund (IDF), instructors, leadership, NOLS Teton Valley, winter

Educator Expedition: Skiing Alaska’s Thompson Pass

By NOLS Blog on 3/10/16 10:18 AM
The ladies. Photo by Kate Koons.
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Topics: backcountry, backcountry skiing, education, Educators Notebook, instructor, Instructor Development Fund, leadership, NOLS Alaska, NOLS Teton Valley

Our Favorite Winter Photos

By Molly Herber on 12/21/15 2:18 PM

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: backcountry skiing, Live the Dream, NOLS Rocky Mountain, NOLS Teton Valley, splitboarding, winter

Fellowships at NOLS Create Pathways to Outdoor Careers

By NOLS Blog on 9/28/15 1:06 PM

By Molly Hunt, Alumni Relations Intern Summer 2015

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, education, leadership, NOLS Rocky Mountain, NOLS Teton Valley

Living History in a New-Old Home

By Molly Herber on 8/9/15 8:00 AM
Travis during her 1995 Alaska Sea Kayaking course. Photo courtesy of Emma Caulkins
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Topics: Alumni, Backpacking, Behind the Scenes, leadership, NOLS Alaska, NOLS Teton Valley, Sea Kayaking

From the Sears Tower to the Adirondack Mountains

By Lindsay Yost on 6/3/15 2:00 AM

16-year-old Charlie Knepper transforms from a "city boy" to a competent, confident outdoor traveler.

Feeling at home in the outdoors. Photo by Meriwether Hardie.
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Topics: Adventure Courses, Backpacking, Live the Dream, NOLS Northeast, NOLS Teton Valley

Educator Expedition: Cutting Edge Avalanche Training

By Molly Herber on 5/30/15 2:00 AM

By Jesse Quillian, NOLS Instructor

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Topics: Educators Notebook, instructor, education, backcountry, NOLS Teton Valley

Berkshire School Slays Powder in the Tetons

By Kate Koons on 3/12/15 1:00 AM

On Monday, NOLS Teton Valley wrapped up the inaugural winter ski course with the Berkshire School, a private boarding school in Massachusetts. The branch 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: Behind the Scenes, skiing, NOLS Teton Valley, NOLS Professional Training

Winter 2013/2014 Has begun at NOLS Teton Valley

By Dan Verbeten on 12/16/13 3:47 AM
The morning sun helps warm this well oriented snow kitchen in the Tetons. December 29th marks the arrival of students of the 23 and over Winter Ski Trip. We look forward to a great season-Dan
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Topics: Educators Notebook, NOLS Teton Valley