Teton Valley Backcountry Avalanche Training

Credit: Jared Steinman

Teton Valley Backcountry Avalanche Training

Grow your avalanche awareness

Dig snow pits. Talk about snow science and ride fresh powder. Then, head deep into the backcountry to put your new skills into action. On this trip, you’ll focus on developing both your touring skills and your leadership skills as you prepare to explore the backcountry during the winter. By the end, you’ll be able to earn the NOLS Recreational Avalanche Level One certification endorsed by the American Avalanche Association.

If you’re already comfortable skiing or snowboarding at the resort and are hungry for a new challenge, this is the course for you. You’ll build on your skiing or splitboarding experience to learn how to find efficient routes through the mountains. During the day, your instructors will talk you through snow assessment and risk management. On some nights you’ll sleep in yurts, listening to the quiet of mountains in the winter. With these challenges, you’ll find the freedom of exploring the mountains beyond the resort. It won’t just be about becoming a better skier or splitboarder. Your instructors will emphasize decision making and leadership, real skills that will help you travel well in the backcountry. Go expand your skills and abilities to explore the wilderness in the winter.



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All course information at a glance

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Equipment Deposit
8 days
Minimum Age
18 yrs.

Recreational Level 1 Avalanche


Course Description

Equipment List

Travel and Logistics

Driggs, Idaho
Fly in/out
Idaho Falls, ID or Jackson, WY
Skills learned



Additional Details

Pre-requisites: Experience and comfort on skis or snowboard is required (comfort on blue and ability to ski black resort runs)