Q: Do I need prior skiing experience to join an NOLS skiing course?
It depends on the course! Most of our skiing courses cater to all skill levels, including complete beginner skiers. During these courses, you'll learn the fundamentals of cross-country skiing, alpine touring, downhill skiing, and backcountry skiing. However, NOLS offers some advanced courses that require experience and comfort on skis or snowboard, as well as comfort on blue and ability to ski black resort runs. Check course details for specifics.
Q: What gear do I need for a skiing course?
NOLS has got you covered! We provide top-of-the-line skiing and skiing safety equipment for all participants to rent or purchase. From skis and poles to avalanche safety gear, we prioritize your comfort during the course. However, if you have your personal ski gear and prefer using it, you're more than welcome to bring it along.
Q: How physically demanding are NOLS skiing courses?
Our courses are designed to challenge and push your boundaries, but you don't need to be a super athlete to participate. While skiing does require a basic level of fitness, our expert ski instructors will adapt the pace and difficulty to match the group's abilities. Before joining a course, we recommend a moderate level of physical fitness and a positive attitude towards learning.
Q: What will a typical day on a skiing course look like?
Each day will be an exciting blend of hands-on skiing instruction, backcountry exploration, and engaging lessons in leadership and wilderness skills. You'll have the chance to take in the breathtaking scenery, share stories around a cozy campfire, and form lasting connections with your fellow adventurers. Get ready for a truly immersive experience that will stay with you for a lifetime!