Not Your Typical Spring Break

Get outside. Do something real.

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NOLS Spring Break Expeditions

Make spring break an adventure. Leave the crowded resorts behind and dive into an immersive outdoor expedition: paddle the Baja coast, backcountry ski in the Rockies, or learn to rock climb in the Southwest. 

In just a week: 

  • Build the outdoor skills to lead your own trips
  • Disconnect from electronics & your busy schedule
  • Learn leadership skills you’ll use at school & beyond

Designed for students ages 16–18 and 18–22, our spring break trips are offered on multiple dates to accommodate a range of school break schedules.

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NOLS Teton Valley: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding

Feel the cold air on your face as you make your own tracks through fresh snow, far from crowded ski resorts. Learn basic snow science, avalanche assessment, and the art of winter camping. Enjoy full days of skiing or snowboarding and quiet, star-filled nights.

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NOLS Mexico: Sea Kayaking the Sea of Cortez

Soak up warm sunshine and turquoise water as you paddle the Baja coast. Watch the sun rise over the ocean and snorkel beside coral reefs. While fishing and exploring the shoreline, practice your Spanish skills with local communities you meet along the way.

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NOLS Southwest: Pursue Your Climbing Dreams

Trade your hectic routine for an immersive rock climbing camp at Arizona’s Cochise Stronghold. Explore the area’s granite domes, jagged spires, and winding canyons. At the crag, push the edges of your comfort zone as you practice rope handling, belaying, rappelling, and more.

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