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How To Build a Winter Snow Shelter

By Erin Rooney Doland on Jan 13, 2020
A quinzhee snow shelter. 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, winter, education, backcountry skiing, quizhee, snow camping

Pay It Forward: How My NOLS Semester Helped Me Lead My Own Backcountry Trips

By Carolyn Highland on Jun 27, 2018


Photo by Carolyn Highland

November 21, 2012 was one of my favorite days on this planet. Up until this point, the idea of identifying a favorite day had seemed impossible, like choosing your favorite drop of water in a rushing river. But this was a day that made you realize if you couldn’t identify days that made the shortlist, you hadn’t yet experienced the type of day worthy of it.

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Topics: Semester, skiing, NOLS New Zealand, Live the Dream, leadership

Educator Expedition: The Good Life, Eleven Days on the Bugaboos–Rogers Pass Ski Traverse

By Willy Oppenheim on May 4, 2015

Our intrepid team. Left to right, Willy Oppenheim, Jake Perkinson, and Evan Miller.
 

Thanks to the generous support of the NOLS Instructor Development Fund (IDF), I recently had the privilege of completing an ambitious ski traverse in southeastern British Columbia along with two fellow NOLS instructors, Evan Miller and Jake Perkinson.

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Topics: skiing, NOLS Pacific Northwest, adventure, Educators Notebook, instructor, mountaineering, backcountry

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 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

Instructor Q&A with Matt Lloyd

By William Roth on May 27, 2010

Where did you get your start in outdoor education?
I got my start in outdoor education in rural Pennsylvania. As a little kid, my parents would shoo me out the back door with nothing more than a brown paper lunch sack containing a PB&J sandwich, carrot sticks, and a juice box. I'd spend entire days exploring the quiet woods, fishing the clear lakes and streams, and building secret tree forts behind my house.

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Topics: NOLS, leadership, matthew lloyd, skiing, accomplishment, insructor, matt lloyd, Educators Notebook, leave no trace, stewardship, winter, backcountry