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NOLS Teton Valley

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Welcome to NOLS Teton Valley

Nestled on the Idaho side of the Tetons, and near Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, our campus is your gateway to some of the best skiing, backpacking, and paddling in the lower 48. NOLS Teton Valley operates year-round and depending on the season, you might hike along the Continental Divide or backcountry ski fresh powder. In the summer and early fall, backpacking courses travel through the meadows of wildflowers and enjoy the brilliant fall colors of mountains in western Wyoming, southern Montana, and eastern Idaho. During the warmer months, you can paddle the Salmon River through one of the West’s largest wilderness areas—the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness—and learn to navigate whitewater rapids. When the snow starts to fall, you can take a backcountry ski or splitboarding course, skiing untouched snow and learning the art of winter camping. Before you set off into the backcountry, you’ll dive into avalanche education, snow science—and in some cases, ski lessons at a local resort. In the surrounding mountains, you’ll enjoy the quiet, the sense of accomplishment from hard work well done, and amazing snow. Whether you arrive at NOLS Teton Valley in the winter or summer, you can look forward to an unforgettable adventure in the beautiful, rugged landscapes of the West.

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1690 East 2000 South
South Driggs, ID 83422

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Matt Kearns spent the spring of 2015 on a NOLS Outdoor Educator Semester. From backcountry skiing to whitewater canoeing, he did it all. Read about his semester, funded in part with his veterans benefits, and how it helped give him the space and direction to consider a career in the natural sciences.

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Students backcountry ski with gear sleds by tall snow laden trees while it snows in the Idaho backcountry.

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