Backcountry Skiing - Prime

Backcountry Skiing - Prime


  • Four prep days at NOLS Teton Valley including two days at Grand Targhee Resort to hone your skiing skills
  • Eight backcountry days: two nights in a yurt and and six nights snow camping
  • Training in backcountry ski techniques
  • Training in avalanche assessment
  • Backcountry route of approximately 20 miles at elevations between 8,000 and 12,000 feet
  • Become a comfortable and responsible four-season outdoorsperson
This course is the close cousin of our 17-and-over Backcountry Skiing course. The slightly shorter 12-day format allows for weekend travel for those who have limited time to be away from family or work.

The course begins with the same great ski instruction at Grand Targhee Resort, and the first two backcountry nights are spent in a yurt--a semi-permanent soft-walled structure complete with a wood stove and an outhouse!

This allows participants to ease into the challenging winter environment and gain quick access to untracked powder skiing. After such relative luxury, the course moves further into the backcountry to build snow shelters, hone avalanche skills, and seek fresh powder.


Location NOLS Teton Valley
Tuition $2,340 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $300
Minimum Age 23
Duration 12 Days
Type Prime - 23 & Over
Start/End Driggs, Idaho
Fly in/out Idaho Falls, Idaho or Jackson, Wyoming
College Credit
  • 2 Credit Hours
  • 2 Hours Skills Practicum
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“The most rewarding part of the course was that is pushed my physical and mental limits over an extended period. It also challenged me to be more aware of my own levels of experience.”

-John G.

Backcountry Skiing - Prime Grad