Designed for practicing and aspiring winter outdoor educators, this course gives you the skills to teach in any winter wilderness.
Instructors Evan Horn and Kayden Will teach students the techniques to assess avalanche danger, a key part of the curriculum on all ski and snowboard courses.
Photo: Alexis Alloway
We begin with five days of workshops, including a Recreational Level I Avalanche clinic and two days of professional ski instruction at Grand Targhee Resort.
Then we’ll move into the backcountry for miles of skiing in pristine powder. You’ll build elaborate snow shelters complete with kitchen counters, benches, and a cozy bedroom. With coaching from your instructors, you’ll teach classes of your own and be taught by fellow students.
For educators of all levels, teaching in the winter will polish your presentation skills and hone your class management. The longest of our winter courses, these 21 days provide some of the best expedition training at the school, preparing you to camp and lead well in any cold, snowy environment.
18 and Older (Average age: 28)
Qualified practicing or potential outdoor educators; moderate skiing ability.
"The Winter Outdoor Educator course
allowed me to learn the skills to practice safe winter backcountry
travel, and the ability to teach the skills I learned in
the backcountry to fellow students. My most memorable moments
were experiencing a three-day winter blizzard at 9,000 feet,
and enjoying the comfort of my quinzhee."