Location: Seattle
Employees: 14
Founded: 1976

The Northwest Avalanche Center (NWAC) is a collaborative effort between the US Forest Service Northwest Avalanche Center and the non-profit Northwest Avalanche Center. The mission of NWAC is to save lives and reduce the impacts of avalanches on recreation, industry and transportation in the Cascade and Olympic Mountains of Washington and northern Oregon through mountain weather and avalanche forecasting, data collection and education.


Fun Fact: NWAC’s annual Vertfest (originated by Outdoor Research) is the biggest and best backcountry ski and ride festival in the WORLD!