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ABCs of Avalanche Awareness

Posted by Andrew Coghill at Nov 14, 2011 06:15 AM |

Avalanche awareness clinics and courses in WAshington are set to begin for the 2011-2012 winter season.

As the Evergreen State turns white with snow, it is time to start thinking about avalanche awareness. Whether you're planning your first snowshoe or you are a veteran skier heading deep into the backcountry, educational clinics and courses throughout Washington can help you safely enjoy your winter escapes.

Avalanche education is available through free clinics and through multi-day courses. Get started with Ridge Explorations at a free avalanche clinic at Greenwater Community Center on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m., or in Bellevue at Marmot Mountain Works on Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. In addition, Friends of the Northwest Avalanche Center will host a free avalanche awareness clinic at the Seattle REI store Tues. Nov. 29 at 7 p.m.

The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Rescue website lists more than 15 Level 1 Avalanche Training Courses hosted in Seattle, Mercer Island, Leavenworth, Bellingham, and Steven's Pass. These are three-day courses that cost $325.

The Mountaineers' Basic Avalanche Awareness Course includes a lecture and a half-day ski field trip on Snoqualmie Pass on Nov. 19 at 8:30 a.m. The course costs $50 for members and $65 for non-members. Click here for later course dates or registration information.

Washington, draped in its white winter cloak, is a magical place. Clear mountain views, frozen streams and snowfields hoping for snow angels await! But before you hit the snowy trail, be prepared. You can read about all of the winter skills courses here, and be sure to read our Winter Safety Tips to best prepare for a memorable season.