The Northwest Avalanche Center (NWAC) promotes safety by helping reduce the impacts of avalanches and adverse mountain weather on recreation, industry and transportation in Washington, and northern Oregon through data collection, mountain weather and avalanche forecasting and education.
To achieve this mission, the NW Avalanche Center:
assists a variety of snow safety and snow maintenance programs by providing and analyzing useful weather, snow and avalanche data, and by producing and distributing a variety of mountain weather and avalanche forecast products.
assists back country travelers by providing current information on snowpack structure and avalanche danger, and by forecasting expected changes in snow and avalanche conditions.
The professional and highly dedicated mountain meteorologists and avalanche specialists at NWAC are on duty from September through June, issuing twice daily forecasts from about mid-November through mid-April and special statements as warranted in the early Fall and mid-late Spring.