Avalanche Awareness


Avalanche Awareness - Mountaineers Tacoma Program Center

NWAC Avalanche Awareness Seminar, free & open to all.

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  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)

The seminar will start at 7 PM sharp and runs ~1.5 hours.  Doors open 20 minutes prior. 

Not sure if you're heading into potential avalanche territory?  Want to know more about the basics of avalanche mechanics, pre-trip indicators, safe travel techniques 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 damage, 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

Class is presented by the Northwest Avalanche Center (NWAC).   Please  visit the NWAC website, and consider supporting their important work for winter outdoor recreationalists!



participants will earn:


Mountaineers Tacoma Program Center

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