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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

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, instructor, winter, backcountry skiing, Instructor Development Fund (IDF), stories, instructor-stories

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

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: leadership, Semester, skiing, NOLS New Zealand, NOLS semester, outdoor semester, stories, student-stories

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 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: Behind the Scenes, skiing, NOLS Teton Valley, NOLS Professional Training