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Going Deep: A Series of Backcountry Decision Making Workshops

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Presented by Mountain Safety Research, Eddie Bauer, and REI

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 #0: Winter is Coming: An evening with the forecasters, snow observers, and educators of the Northwest Avalanche Center
 
When: Monday, November 13th, 6:30-8:30
Where: The Mountain Shop, 1510 NE 37th Ave, Portland, OR 97232
Cost: By donation (money goes to NWAC)
 
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 long should I wait after a storm before I ski? If you've ever asked yourself these questions – or any others about avalanches–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 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 #1: Winter is Coming: An evening with the forecasters, snow observers, and educators of the Northwest Avalanche Center
 
When: Thursday, November 16th, 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: Available soon at REI.com/events
 
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 long should I wait after a storm before I ski? If you've ever asked yourself these questions – or any others about avalanches–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 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: TBD

When: Thursday, December 14th, 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: Available soon at REI.com/events
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Session #3: TBD

When: Thursday, January 11th, 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: Available soon at REI.com/events
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Session #4: TBD

When: Thursday, February 8th, 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: Available soon at REI.com/events

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Session #5: TBD

When: Thursday, April 12th, 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: Available soon at REI.com/events