As the exclusive NOLS location with winter-only
courses, NOLS Teton Valley is buzzing with activity during
the cold winter months.
Photo: John Fitzgerald
On the quiet side of the famed Teton Range, Driggs, Idaho provides
a spectacular home to NOLS Teton Valley. At 6200 ft. Driggs is
a western mountain town of 1300 residents located between the
jagged peaks of the Tetons and the sprawling Big Hole Mountains.
NOLS Teton Valley is literally surrounded by its operating areas— within
10 minutes you can be out of town, past the potato farms and
at a trailhead to begin your course.
Housed in an old Mormon church, NOLS Teton Valley is a medium-sized
location with a shower facility, a briefing room, student bunkrooms
and a gear barn. When students are here, they are an integral
part of the NOLS Teton Valley team, helping with meal preparations,
clean-up and taking on daily responsibilities alongside staff
Teton Valley is buzzing with activity during the cold winter
months. Students spend the first days of their courses learning
snow skills at nearby Grand Targhee Resort before heading out
to refine their skiing or snowboarding techniques.
In the sunny summers of the West, NOLS Teton Valley comes alive
with Adventure courses, specifically designed for teens, and
the paddling courses that run the wild rapids of the Salmon and
So whether it’s winter, water or the Tetons you want,
the small-town community and welcoming atmosphere of NOLS Teton
Valley is the perfect starting point for your backcountry expedition.
- Courses can travel in Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and Oregon
- NOLS Teton Valley is right down the road from one of
the West’s last surviving drive-in movie theaters,
named the Spud Drive-In, which is often an end-of-course
highlight for students
- In the winter, approximately 30 instructors
work out of NOLS Teton Valley and in the summer between
50 and 60.