Welcome to Mountain Education for 2018!

Snow Basics:
Three levels of classes!
Snow Advanced:
More Challenging Terrain
“skills and confidence…”
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News & Coming Events…


[The school website is being updated for 2018! Each day you will note changes, so watch for course dates and times, then apply!]


2018 features a new line-up of snow skills courses for all abilities and concerns!


Snow Basics Courses:

1-Day Tahoe Clinics:


2-Day Tahoe Overnights:


3-Day Tahoe Original:


Snow Advanced Courses:



Trail/Snow Condition Reports: (click here)


Private Courses: 

  • If you desire focused wilderness education or have a personal schedule that doesn’t work with group instruction, let us know!

Check out our Courses Tab for the exact dates of all our Wilderness Skills Course Offerings!

Who we are…

We are a non-profit, public charity Wilderness School that seeks to teach you how to have fun and rewarding year ’round backpacking trips of your own. Common sense stuff to keep you safe out there. Wise tips to get you started, all taught right on the trail. Our specialty and delight is teaching snow-hiking and snow-camping!

Mountain Education’s Mission is to minimize wilderness accidents, injury, and illness in order to maximize wilderness enjoyment, safety, and personal growth, all through experiential education and risk awareness training! By taking a course, you not only are guided into pristine alpine settings, but you are taught how to safely do it yourself later!

After 50 years of hiking and teaching in the backcountry, there are few things better than a “walk in the woods!” However, there are some things to be aware of before you go…and that’s where we come in:

Snow Basics!

For winter enthusiasts, if you are interested in snowshoeing out for a little solitude, peace of mind, or even to stay out for the weekend, we offer our famous, Snow Basics Courses that teach you what to buy, how to plan, where to pitch, and why… some even before you leave home!

For 2018, the basic knowledge and skills required for safe and fun snow travel and snow camping will be offered in three different formats for each person’s needs:

The 1-day Tahoe Clinics run from 9am to 4pm on select Saturdays and Sundays each month where each day will present a necessary element of snow knowledge and skill. Course Description.

The 2-day Tahoe Overnights teach the “hows and joys” of snow camping in a quick, short distance, basecamp format. This course builds off what you’ve learned on the 1-day clinics and are designed to aleve any worries or concerns you might have about camping and sleeping on snow! Course Description.

The 3-day Snow Basics Course (SBC) is the “graduate” class that teaches you everything you need to know and do to be safe exploring on and camping in snow. If you don’t have the time for separate weekend clinics throughout the winter, but can carve out a 3-day weekend, this is the way to get the basics down and open up your winter backcountry freedom! Course Description.

Snow Advanced!

If you simply love grabbing the snowshoes and your backpack and escaping the world for a springtime week or two in the High Sierra snow, consider our Snow Advanced Course that teaches you how to snow-hike for 11 days along the Pacific Crest and John Muir trails in the southern Sierra!

This special course of mountain knowledge and skills instruction is focused on showing and teaching you how to calmly overcome both your fears and the hazards common to hiking over early season steep Sierra snow. Course Description.

PCT and JMT hikers wanting to thru-hike the snowy Sierra should take this class so they know what to do when they encounter steep snow and dangerous creek crossings!

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