NWAC Avalanche Awareness Seminar

Learn the basics of evaluating avalanche terrain and the framework for safe winter trip planning.
64 ( 65 capacity)

Meeting place and time:

This seminar will be  held in-person at the Tacoma Program Center and start at 7 PM sharp (runs for ~1.5 hours).

Leader's notes:

This seminar fulfills a Tacoma Basic Snowshoe and Winter Camping course requirement.

NOTE: Others, who are not in the Tacoma Snowshoe or Winter Camping courses, may sign up after Wednesday, January 11th.


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). 

Tacoma Program Center
2302 N 30th St, Tacoma, WA 98403
Great Hall