October in the Pacific Northwest typically sees the arrival of the first tantalizing storms, and people begin to anticipate the true beginning of winter in the mountains. It is a time when careful research can pay off with some good turns or a rewarding ascent, and the fall colors alone are enough to entice you ...
Written by Forest McBrian on Oct. 17, 2017 .
Last update on Oct. 17, 2017.
Written by Mark Moore on May 8, 2017 .
Last update on May 8, 2017.
The NWAC Data Network
— Mark Moore, Founding Director of the Northwest Avalanche Center, May 2017
Weather data is real, it's not a fake.
It creates the snowpack like layers of a cake.
Whether the cake is solid—and stable when stressed…
Or fails and slides when put to a test.
It's all ...
Written by Charlotte Guard on May 4, 2017 .
Last update on May 4, 2017.
Written by Jeremy Allyn on March 26, 2017 .
Last update on March 27, 2017.
At around 350 pm, March 19, 2017, a group of three skiers were taking a break near the summit of Ruby Mountain (7408 feet) which is located 3.5 miles south of the North Cascades Highway and about 3 miles east of Diablo Lake. Having already skied a long lap on the upper mountain’s north ...
Written by Robert Hahn on March 14, 2017 .
Last update on May 15, 2017.
On a clear, calm day, ridgelines are favorite resting places for backcountry travelers. Potentially lower angled terrain offers spacious views and a chance to contemplate how to harness gravity on the way down. However, ridge-lines have hazards of their own - cornices!
The National Avalanche Center defines a cornice as "a mass of snow deposited ...
Written by Dennis D'Amico on Feb. 7, 2017 .
Last update on April 19, 2017.
New interactive graphs allow you to mix and match all of the weather stations in NWAC's network.
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