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See what a NOLS winter expedition is all about, get some pointers on how to prevent frostbite when you’re out in the cold, and read the story behind one grad’s advice to “do NOLS even (and especially if) you’re scared.”

Watch: Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding with NOLS

NOLS mountaineering tents in the snow with rocky slopes in the background

Leave the resort’s crowded slopes to ski or snowboard on backcountry powder in the Rockies. Learn how to live comfortably outdoors in winter. Stand out from your peers with the industry-recognized avalanche certifications you’ll earn on a NOLS winter course.

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How to Prevent Frostbite

smiling NOLS winter course participant with frosty beard and hat

Photo by Adam Swisher

Winter is a time for all sorts of fun activities—skiing, snowboarding, curling—but cold weather also presents its own set of hazards. Frostbite is one of the most common first aid situations you’ll encounter when it’s cold out, and it’s worth taking some precautions to prevent.

Go to Learn How to Prevent Frostbite

Do NOLS Even (And Especially) If You’re Scared

NOLS student and instructor make goofy faces while eating backcountry burritos

Photo courtesy of Olivia Hewitt

On her Pacific Northwest Backpacking course, Olivia Hewitt learned to “see my own discomfort as an invitation to connect, to lean in, to get curious and to speak my truth. Because fear is not a disqualifier. Being afraid does not make you small, or less able, to cross things like NOLS or public speaking off of your bucket list. Heck no!”

Go to Read Olivia's Story 

NEW! Southwest Service Expedition

Three volunteers move tumbleweed in a NOLS Earth Day clean-up in Sinks Canyon State ParkPhoto by Kirk Rasmussen

Combine your hunger for adventure with your passion for service on our newest expedition! Develop lifelong leadership skills as you backpack through New Mexico’s Gila National Forest and help restore backcountry trails.

Go to Explore and Serve in the Southwest This Spring

Support a Mission-Driven Nonprofit This Giving Season

NOLS students hike across a green valley with mountains behind while backpacking in AlaskaPhoto by Catherine Rocchi

As a nonprofit educational institution, we rely on donations to help support our mission: leading the way in teaching wilderness and leadership skills that serve people and the environment. Please consider contributing this giving season!

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The Spring Break Trip You've Been Waiting For

kayaks beached on the shore beside turquoise water on a NOLS course in BajaPhoto by Kate Gautier

Dive into an unforgettable wilderness adventure this spring. Escape the cold and sea kayak in Baja, rock climb in the Southwest, or backcountry ski in the Rockies. No matter where you go, you can look forward to a week of laughter, challenge, and real-life leadership experience.

Go to See All NOLS Spring Break Expeditions

Need Some Gift Ideas?

hand holding cup of coffee with NOLS tents in backgroundPhoto by Matthew Baugh 

Shopping last minute? Check out our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide for some great suggestions on what to give your favorite outdoorsy folks.

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