Backcountry Splitboarding

Backcountry Splitboarding


  • Four prep days at NOLS Teton Valley, including instruction at Grand Targhee Resort to develop your splitboarding skills and begin your avalanche training
  • 10 backcountry days mastering the art of winter camping
  • Training in route-finding, backcountry travel, and backcountry riding techniques
  • Training in avalanche assessment, safety and rescue (Recreational Avalanche Level 1 Certification)
  • Backcountry route of approximately 20 miles at elevations between 7,000 and 12,000 feet
  • Become a comfortable and responsible four-season outdoorsperson
  • Training in leadership, communication, and risk management to round out your skills and help you be a competent backcountry traveler and group member
This course is designed to give snowboarders the skills to transition from resort riders to competent and safe backcountry splitboard travelers and campers. Those who have made the transition to backcountry riding already will benefit from the level of instruction and experience offered. A NOLS Recreational Avalanche Level One certification is taught on course.

The Idaho backcountry in the Palisades or Tetons is our classroom. It offers a variety of terrain, excellent powder and a taste of the mountain wilderness experience in the winter.

The course starts with instruction at Grand Targhee Resort to familiarize you with splitboarding techniques, riding powder and the avalanche curriculum.

Ten days of backcountry travel, instruction and experiential learning will follow. Your instructors will help you develop the skills you need to be a safe and competent backcountry rider, traveler and camper through classes, discussions and one-on-one coaching. Instruction in leadership, communication and risk management round out your skills and are essential for safe backcountry travel.

While in the backcountry, you will sleep in tents and a variety of snow shelters that you will construct yourself. Base camps will provide a base for riding powder and covering the NOLS curriculum. You’ll learn that with the right knowledge and personal effort you can be more comfortable than you thought possible living outside during the winter. If you’re looking for a way to expand your skills and get beyond riding in resorts, then this is the course for you.


Location NOLS Teton Valley
Tuition $2,285 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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“What was most rewarding about my course? Learning to ride powder, which I had never done before in that quantity, and learning to survive in the snowy backcountry, because all of my previous backcountry experience had been in warmer climates.”

-Adam E.

Backcountry Splitboarding Grad