Winter Outdoor Educator

Winter Outdoor Educator


  • Designed for those currently working in or planning to enter the field of outdoor education
  • Most suitable for those with moderate to expert skiing or snowboarding ability
  • Training in avalanche assessment, safety and rescue (Recreational Level 1 Certification)
  • Two days of classroom and field avalanche instruction prior to expedition
  • 16 days in the backcountry skiing or splitboarding and mastering the art of snow camping
  • Practice teaching and facilitating group experiences and learning in order to develop skills as an educator
  • Two days at Grand Targhee Resort to hone your skills
  • Focuses on building competence as outdoor leaders and emphasizes wilderness skills, group facilitation, risk management and using the wilderness as a classroom to support growth of groups and individuals
Designed for practicing and aspiring winter outdoor educators, this course will prepare you to teach in any winter wilderness environment.

Your course begins with five days of training, including a Recreational Level I Avalanche clinic and two days of professional ski/snowboard instruction at Grand Targhee Resort.

After that, you’ll delve into the backcountry and find miles of pristine powder for skiing and splitboarding. You'll build snow shelters with elaborate kitchens that are snug, warm places to spend the night. With coaching from your instructors, you'll teach classes of your own and be taught by fellow students, developing your instructional skills. 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 NOLS’ best expedition training, preparing you to camp and lead well in any cold, snowy environment.

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Location NOLS Teton Valley
Tuition $2,920 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $300
Minimum Age 18
Duration 21 Days
Type Outdoor Educator
Start/End Driggs, Idaho
Fly in/out Idaho Falls, Idaho or Jackson, Wyoming
College Credit
  • 4 Credit Hours
  • 2 Hours Outdoor Educator
  • 2 Hours Risk Management
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“I learned so much from personal skills to technical ones surrounding avalanches and back country skiing. My group was so fantastic, everyone worked well together and I cannot say enough positive things about my time on this course.”

-Carly R.

Winter Outdoor Educator Grad