Northwest Avalanche Center

Non-Profit Partner

The Northwest Avalanche Center exists to increase avalanche awareness, reduce avalanche impacts, and equip the community with mountain weather and avalanche forecasts, education, and data. We envision a community of backcountry users in the Pacific Northwest aware of avalanche risk, making informed decisions, and returning safely.

Why We Work Together

Winter backcountry enthusiasts of the northwest, Outdoor Research employees included, use the information provided by NWAC to be safer in avalanche country. The importance of this became painfully apparent to the Outdoor Research family in 2003 when our founder, Ron Gregg, was killed in an avalanche. In addition to supporting NWAC for over 15 years, Outdoor Research is proud to sponsor local events like Benefit Bash, Vertfest, and Snowball that helps maintain critical avalanche forecasting for the Cascade and Olympic mountains.

Outdoor Research x NWAC

Live in Seattle? Here’s the Best Tool for Deciding Where to Ski

Do you live in the Seattle area and obsess about snow conditions? Whether you usually head to the backcountry or often stay inbounds, we have great news for you: The Northwest Avalanche Center has a new tool to help you compare snow and weather conditions across the whole Seattle area, so you can know exactly where to head for the very best day.

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