Avalanche Awareness Class


Avalanche Awareness Class - Olympia Friends Meeting House

Presented by the Northwest Avalanche Center (NWAC), this class is a 90 minute introductory presentation geared towards the novice wintertime backcountry user. The Avalanche Awareness badge is required for Olympia Cross Country Ski and Basic Snowshoe Course students.

  • Thu, Jan 25, 2024
  • Olympia Snowshoe Committee
  • Avalanche Safety
  • Basic
  • Adults
  • Casual

Thursday, January 25, 6:30-8:15

Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; class starts at 6:30 sharp.

Friends Meeting House, 3201 Boston Harbor Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98506.

Driving directions: From I-5, take Exit 105B, Port of Olympia, which feeds into Plum Street, which becomes East Bay Drive, which becomes Boston Harbor Road.  Friends Meeting House is on left, just past Flora Vista Road and the northernmost entrance to Squaxin Park.

Whether you ski, snowshoe, snowboard, or snowmobile, recognition of avalanche danger is an essential and potentially lifesaving skill. This introductory class provides a basic approach to managing risk. NWAC instructors will explain how to access avalanche and mountain weather forecasts and recognize basic signs of avalanche danger.

The Avalanche Awareness class is a requirement for the Olympia Branch Basic Snowshoe and Cross Country Ski courses.  These Course students must register for and take this class unless they already have an Avalanche Awareness badge, or will take the class elsewhere, in order to graduate from the course.   We have arranged with the Northwest Avalanche Center to present this class at no charge for our Ski and Snowshoe students before the field trip.  We have enough capacity  to accommodate  other Mountaineer members.

In addition to registering for this seminar with The Mountaineers, students should register with NWAC, too. The NWAC class registration link is here.


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