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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, snowboarding, splitboarding, story

11 Ways to Get Outside This Winter

By Molly Herber on Dec 16, 2015

Photo by Kristen Lovelace.

We know it's chilly outside, but all that snow (if you live in a place that gets snow) is the perfect opportunity for you to get outside and play!

Can't think of anything to do beyond watching episode 246 of whatever television series you're on? Here are a few ideas.

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Topics: winter camping, adventure, Live the Dream, winter, backcountry

How to Prevent Frostbite

By Molly Herber on Dec 9, 2015
Photo by Adam Swisher.
 

Winter is a time for all sorts of amazing activities—skiing, snowboarding, curling—but cold weather brings its own special hazards. One of the most common first aid situations you’ll see when it gets cold is frostbite.

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Topics: winter camping, wilderness medicine, WMI, backcountry, leadership, Wilderness Medicine, hypothermia, frostbite

Staying Warm: The NOLS Layering System

By William Roth on Feb 9, 2010

Fresh from NOLS Teton Valley: The latest video from NOLSywood debuts today featuring the NOLS layering system.

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Topics: NOLS, clothing system, layering, Expedition Prep, wilderness education, winter camping, layering system, warm, outdoor education, winter, staying warm, outdoor clothing