Winter Outdoor Educator

Winter Outdoor Educator


  • Intensive curriculum targeted toward teachers, outdoor leaders and those studying outdoor education; moderate skiing/splitboarding ability
  • Two days at Grand Targhee Resort to hone your skills; Two days of classroom and field avalanche instruction
  • 16 days in the backcountry skiing/splitboarding and mastering the fine art of snow camping
  • Training in avalanche assessment (Recreational Level 1)
  • Develop educator skills within a group of peers
Designed for practicing and aspiring winter outdoor educators, this course gives you the skills to teach in any winter wilderness.

We begin with five days of workshops, including a Recreational Level I Avalanche clinic and two days of professional ski/snowboard instruction at Grand Targhee Resort.

Then we'll move into the backcountry for miles of skiing/splitboarding 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.


Location NOLS Teton Valley
Tuition $2,920 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $300
Minimum Age 18
Duration 21 Days
Type Career
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