Winter Friluftsliv Week

                                                 2/27-3/3, 2017 (Mon-Fri)

The outdoors don’t go away during the winter months. For centuries people have found fascinating and creative ways to weather those cold times of the year, and school of the forest would like to offer some insight into those methods, and combine that insight with a chance to experience “Friluftsliv”. Friluftsliv means “free air life” and is a lifestyle that encourages spending time simply enjoying the outdoors and our place in it.

The Jack Mountain School has been teaching winter courses, and leading cold weather expeditions for over twenty years. We have experience winter tripping with the Cree in Canada, and teaching winter tracking. Now we’d like to bring a kid-friendly version of these experiences to you.  The course is geared towards introducing teens and kids to outdoor living in the winter, as well as basic camp skills they’ll be able to use year round. No experience is required to participate fully in the week.

The week will include sessions in;

Winter Shelters

  • -Hot tents
  • -Hot dome shelters
  • -Supershelters

Snow shelters 

  • Igloo
  • Quincee
  • Snow trench
  • Snow-backed lean-to


  • Winter tree ID
  • Tracks and tracking

Winter Outdoor skills

  • Snowshoeing
  • Sleds, toboggans and traveling gear
  • Outdoor cooking on stove and campfire
  • Fire making
  • Atlatl
  • Ice fishing
  • Setting a net under the ice (simulated)
  • Axe, saw and knife use
  • navigation
  • Making felt boots
  • Making mukluks

At the end of the week we’ll finish up with an overnight campout, and you’ll get some practical experience using the skills and methods learned over the week! Dress warmly, we’ll be outside for the majority of the sessions.

Some lodging for the week is available on site, and there are other options located a mile and a half from the folk school.

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