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Going Deep: A Series of Backcountry Decision Making Workshops

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Join us as the Northwest Avalanche Center brings together seasoned backcountry professionals along with outside-industry experts in an effort to provide tangible solutions to improve decision making in the backcountry. Each workshop will be an interactive experience probing deeper into our decision making process and learn new techniques to improve those decisions. Come prepared to participate and takeaway some valuable techniques for your next backcountry outing.

Session #1: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Avalanche Forecasting (But Were Afraid to Ask): An Evening with the Staff of the Northwest Avalanche Center
When: Thursday, November 10th, Happy Hour from 5:00-6:00, presentation begins promptly at 6:00pm.
Where: REI Seattle
Cost: $10 REI Members/$15 non-members (ticket money goes to NWAC)
Tickets: here
 
Summary: What's the difference between 'high' and 'considerable' avalanche ratings?  How can I apply the NWAC forecast to the slope I want to ski?  How deep is a 'deep instability,' anyway?  
If you've ever asked yourself these questions  or any others about NWAC, come join us for an evening with our forecasters, field observers, and staff to hear how it all works.  
The first half of the evening will be a lecture focusing on how to make the most of the new NWAC avalanche forecast. The second half will be a casual question-and-answer session.  Please bring any and all questions about NWAC forecasts; how to use the forecasts; and questions about avalanches themselves.  
 
Other Details: This evening is geared towards to people who have some backcountry experience to those who are seasoned backcountry travelers. Skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers, and snowmobilers who are looking to improve their decision making skills are encouraged to attend.
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Session #2: Snowshoeing and Avalanche Risk: What Every Snowshoer Needs to Know Before Venturing Onto the Winter Trails

When: Thursday, December 8th, Doors at 5:00, Happy Hour from 5:00-6:00, presentation begins promptly at 6:00pm.
Where: REI Seattle
Cost: $10 REI Members/$15 non-members (ticket money goes to NWAC)
Ticketshere
 
Summary: Snowshoeing is the wintertime equivalent to summer hiking–or is it? Heading out on your favorite trail with snowshoes on your feet may seem like a good idea, but the conditions may not warrant safe travel. If you've ever sat in an avalanche class and thought to yourself, "that's not me" as a skier tackles a 40 degree slope whilst triggering a slide – this class is for you. We know that backcountry users approach terrain in a manner appropriate for their equipment, and that equipment affects how they interact with the environment and their partners. A one-size-fits-all approach to avalanche education works for basic knowledge, but often misses some key details for snowshoeing. This workshop is designed to give snowshoers the proper tools to assess conditions before heading out along with some strategies to consider while in the terrain – specific to snowshoeing. We'll also discuss how to identify non-avalanche terrain for those occasions when you want to totally eliminate avalanche risk from your snowshoe experience.

This class will be taught by NWAC avalanche experts and educators

Other Details: This evening is geared towards to people who have some backcountry experience to those who are seasoned backcountry travelers and is targeted to those who snowshoe.