WINTER SAFETY: Learn about avalanches at free courses

December 1, 2013 

With the arrival of winter, people will be heading to the snow-covered backcountry to recreate. In doing so, they will have to deal with the dangers of an avalanche.

To help learn the dangers, South Sound residents can attend one of two classes in the coming week.

Participants at an avalanche awareness class Thursday will learn to access local avalanche bulletins and weather reports, recognize basic signs of avalanche danger and learn simple ways to help avoid avalanche danger.

The free class will be from 7-8:30 p.m. at REI, 625 Black Lake Blvd. SW, Suite 410, Olympia.

To register, go to rei.com/olympia. For more information, call 360-786-1938.

The Tacoma Mountaineers will hold the first of two avalanche awareness nights from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 9. The next session will be Jan. 6.

The free program will cover avalanche resources, equipment and training opportunities.

The classes will take place at The Mountaineers Tacoma Program Center,

2302 N. 30th St., Tacoma. For more information, send an email to info@ tacomamountaineers.org.

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