Avalanche Awareness

Lecture: Basic Snowshoeing Course

Avalanche Awareness - Eastside Fire & Rescue Headquarters

Presented by Northwest Avalanche Center (NWAC) and offered as part of the Foothills Basic Snowshoeing Course.

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  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)

EF&R HQ Classroom, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

We will use the first 30-45 minutes of this session to review student snowshoeing gear, so please bring your winter boots, snowshoes, gaiters and poles, an important step in preparing for the field trip.

This lecture is an introduction to recognizing avalanche terrain, knowing the primary factors that cause avalanches, and ways to avoid avalanche danger, including trip planning and using NWAC online avalanche and mountain weather forecasts.

Student learning outcomes:

At the end of the Avalanche Awareness lecture the student should be able to:

  • Access NWAC avalanche and mountain weather forecasts
  • Recognize avalanche terrain and basic signs of avalanche danger
  • Avoid avalanche danger


Please take the time to check out the NWAC website, and consider supporting their important work for winter outdoor recreationalists!




students will earn:


Eastside Fire & Rescue Headquarters

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

An open mind and interest in staying safe in the winter outdoors.

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