Member Webinars

Join us for a continuing education series for NWAC members that will help you get the most out of NWAC products & sharpen your backcountry tool set.

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These workshops are designed to help you hone the skills you have already developed through previous avalanche education and experience in the field. Each workshop with NWAC forecasters and professional partners will give you an inside look into how you can get the most out of our products and what resources you can be utilizing to travel more safely in the backcountry. Sessions are designed to be small, interactive experiences, with NWAC staff to get the latest in snow and avalanche research and updates at from your local avalanche center.

Participants will get the most out of the sessions if they have several seasons of experience traveling in avalanche terrain and have taken avalanche courses.

Member Webinar | An Evening with NWAC

Tune in for our annual workshop around updates and changes at NWAC, as well as a chance to ask any and all questions from forecasts to fundraising. Whether you want to know more about how forecasters apply avalanche problems or how we are approaching education in the times of COVID, this session is for you. The first half of the evening will be a presentation around the new NWAC website and other key developments. The second half will be a casual question-and-answer session. 

When: Thursday, December 3rd , 6:00PM-7:30 PM

Cost: Free for NWAC Members

Member Webinar | Reimagining the NWAC Weather Forecast

NWAC is known for producing the avalanche forecast that folks in the Pacific Northwest use to get out safely in the wintertime mountains. While less of the backcountry community may know and use the NWAC mountain weather forecast, it is an integral part of how our avalanche forecasts are made and an invaluable tool for planning your day out. This summer, in conjunction with the new website, we’ve done a lot of work to deliver a more approachable weather forecast that will integrate much better with the avalanche forecast. What sets our forecast apart is that we only focus on our mountains, so we can apply different techniques by region, use, and precipitation, wind, and elevation. If you’re into the nitty gritty of learning more about how the weather forecast is made and how you can get more out of it – join us for this member webinar!

When: Thursday, January 21st , 7:00PM-8:30 PM

Cost: Free for NWAC Members

Member Webinar | Applying Mapping Tools to Wintertime Travel

One of the most important skills in preparing for a backcountry outing and staying safe in the wintertime mountains is understanding how to use a map and apply the forecast to it. There are many great mapping tools that you can use on your smartphone including Gaia, Avenza, and CalTopo to plan your trip and bring it with you into the field. Join us on Thursday, February 18th for an evening with NWAC Deputy Director, Dallas Glass, and the folks at CalTopo to learn more about how you can get the most out of this tool.

When: Thursday, February 18th , 7:00PM-8:30 PM

Cost: Free for NWAC Members

Member Webinar | NWAC Snowmobile Program

One year ago, NWAC took a massive leap in our ability to reach remote areas and gather more observations when our friends at Clem’s donated six snowmobiles to our field team. The snowmobiles had an immediate and dramatic impact to our forecasting operations, helping us understand more about the massive region we forecast for. Additionally, they have allowed us to better connect with the growing snowmobile community who interacts with mountainous terrain differently than human-powered travelers. Join us to hear more about how snowmobiles have changed our operations, facilitated new insights into hard to reach areas, and been an extreme learning curve for many of our staff.

When: Thursday, March 18th, 7:00PM-8:30 PM

Cost: Free for NWAC Members

Member Webinar | Spring Backcountry Travel

At some point every spring, NWAC will stop issuing forecasts, but for many of us that isn’t the end of the season. Without that daily forecast, it can be challenging to figure out when and where to go. This webinar is aimed at leaving you with new tips and tricks for managing your risk in the mountains without the avalanche forecast as your guide.  

When: Thursday, April 15th, 7:00PM-8:30 PM

Cost: Free for NWAC Members