Avalanche Awareness Seminar

Lecture: Basic Snowshoeing Course

Avalanche Awareness Seminar - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

NWAC Avalanche Awareness Seminar offered as part of the Seattle Basic Snowshoe Course.

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  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)

Goodman A, 7:00 - 9:00pm.

This Basic Snowshoe  Course lecture consists of an AIARE Avalanche Awareness presented by NWAC.  It is usually offered in conjunction with public registration of the same presentation.  Setting aside some "student-only" seats at the public seminars ensures that some seats are reserved for students, and makes it easier to ensure that all students are able to get a spot at one of the seminars.

Not sure if you're heading into potential avalanche territory? Want to know more about the causes of avalanches, pre-trip indicators, and backcountry hazards? Come join us and find out more from an expert in the field!

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

Student learning outcomes:

At the end of the Avalanche Awareness seminar 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

Presented by the Northwest Avalanche Center (NWAC). 

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



students will earn:


Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

None for the seminar.

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