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Outside Magazine, February 1995
For a thorough introduction to winter backcountry travel, sign up for the National Outdoor Leadership School’s two-week spring ski-mountaineering course (307-332-6973). This year’s class ($1,400), set for March 5 – 18, begins with three days of telemark lessons at Grand Targhee Resort in Idaho and then moves into the backwoods of the Teton and
If you can’t spare two weeks, other schools offer shorter programs focusing on specific skills. Alpine Skills International (916-426-9108), of Norden, California, conducts one-, two-, and three-day workshops each week ($85 – $248) through March, with navigation, telemarking, ski mountaineering, and snow safety all on the syllabus. The International Mountain Climbing School in New Hampshire (603-356-6316) tailors one-day randonnée lessons ($165) to individual skill levels by choosing suitably challenging areas on nearby Mount Washington. The Norwegian School of Nature Life, based in Park City, Utah (801-649-1217), teaches low-risk route-finding —