Women's Winter Backcountry Touring - Prime

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Women's Winter Backcountry Touring - Prime

Start exploring wilderness in winter

Breathe cold air in your lungs as you ski or slide on fresh powder. Travel through untracked snow in the mountains in the winter. Listen to the quiet of a winter night as you snuggle into a snow shelter after a good, hard day of work. On this all-women’s course, you’ll join a group of adults to go skiing or splitboarding in the backcountry. You’ll start with a few days of skiing or snowboarding lessons at the Grand Targhee Ski Resort, then spend the rest of your course in the mountains. During the day you’ll work on your touring skills, hauling sleds, and learning snow science so you can start learning the basics of avalanche assessment. You'll spend some nights sleeping in yurts and others in snow shelters you’ll build yourself, and while you're in the mountains you'll focus on developing winter camping skills you can use in any snow environment.

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. Managing your group's dynamics becomes an opportunity to practice communication styles, while working through physical challenges becomes an opportunity learn about tolerance for adversity. 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.



2019 Dates

Feb. 24 – March 7, 2019

Tuition: $2,550


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12 days

Minimum Age

23 yrs.


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.” 

— Laurel M., NOLS Backcountry Skiing grad

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