Backcountry Skiing

Backcountry Skiing


  • Four prep days at NOLS Teton Valley including two days at Grand Targhee Resort to hone your skiing skills
  • 10 backcountry days practicing the fine art of snow camping
  • Training in backcountry ski techniques
  • Training in avalanche assessment
  • Certifications: Recreational Avalanche Rescue 1
  • Become a comfortable and responsible four-season outdoorsperson
  • Backcountry route of approximately 20 miles at elevations between 8,000 and 12,000 feet
Start with two feet of fresh powder. Now imagine the solitude of a winter night, the sky blanketed in endless stars. This is backcountry skiing.

Living and traveling in this wild environment requires new skills and offers new challenges. To be a competent backcountry winter traveler, you'll need a strong foundation in avalanche education.

We will teach you the skills and put you in terrain where you need to make real decisions. This course is also excellent preparation for any big mountain expedition where snow and cold are everyday factors.

You'll start with two days of skiing instruction at Grand Targhee Resort before heading into the backcountry with a pack and sled, where the snow is deep, the tracks are few, and a lifetime of winter fun is about to begin.


Location NOLS Teton Valley
Tuition $2,280 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $300
Minimum Age 17
Duration 14 Days
Type Classic
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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High School Credit
  • 0.5 Carnegie Units
  • 0.5 CUs Physical Education
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“I think that most rewarding portion of this course was the tools that we all received to successfully live in a harsh environment. I would certainly feel comfortable going winter camping with friends for a few days. I also feel much more comfortable about backcountry skiing and distinguishing safe terrain. ”

-Rebecca D.

Backcountry Skiing Grad