Winter Backcountry Touring - Prime

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Winter Backcountry Touring - Prime

Start exploring wilderness in winter

Breathe cold air in your lungs as you ski down fresh snow. Feel your muscles burn as you dig your own snow shelter. Listen to the quiet of a winter night after a good, hard day of work. On this course, you’ll join a group of adults to go skiing or splitboarding in the backcountry.

You’ll start with ski or snowboarding lessons at the Grand Targhee Ski Resort, then head to the mountains. During the day you’ll work on your touring skills, spending some nights in yurts and others in snow shelters you’ll build yourself. You’ll find fresh powder for skiing or snowboarding and start learning snow science. And this course isn’t only about learning outdoor skills—it also focuses on leadership. Every day will give you new challenges to meet and practice your risk management and decision making. Leadership on this course is about doing and practicing as much as possible. Combining outdoor and leadership skills will prepare you for a lifetime of enjoying the wilderness in the winter.



2018 Dates

Dec. 30, 2018 – Jan. 10, 2019

Tuition: $2,550
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2019 Dates

Feb. 10 – Feb. 21, 2019

Tuition: $2,550

March 11 – March 22, 2019

Tuition: $2,550


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12 days

Minimum Age

23 yrs.

Academic Credit

2 College Credits
  • 2 Skills Practicum
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Recreational Level 1 Avalanche


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Driggs, Idaho

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Idaho Falls, Idaho or Jackson, Wyoming

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What Our Grads Say

“I really enjoyed learning about the native plants, animals and ecology of the mountains in winter. I have been interested in scientific research for a while and this course helped to focus my desired areas of study.” 

— Laruel M., NOLS Backcountry Skiing grad

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