Current Avalanche Advisory

Avalanche Problems

Forecaster: Victor McNeil
Updated: 13 hours ago (Sat, Feb 24)
BOTTOM LINE: Natural avalanches are possible and human triggered avalanches are likely with heavy precipitation in the forecast. Fresh wind slabs will form above tree line and should be avoided on slopes >35 degrees. The persistent slab buried 1-2' below the surface will be tested as we are forecasted to receive up to 2' of snow by Sunday evening. Remember the one thing you have control over is your terrain...    Read more

WAC News

Who We Are

by Victor McNeil
Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 14:10

Who We Are

The Wallowa Avalanche Center (WAC) was born in 2009, after a local skier was buried and killed by an avalanche in the Northern Wallowas.  A group of locals banded together, their mission being to provide greater avalanche knowledge and information sharing to those recreating in the mountains of NE Oregon.  Not long after its inception, the WAC became a 501(c)(3) non-profit.  For the first few seasons a weekly snowpack summary was provided, highlighting observed and anticipated avalanche conditions, snowpack characteristics and recent and anticipated weather events.  

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6th Annual Eastern Oregon Backcountry Festival, Jan.19-21st

The annual Eastern Oregon Backcountry Festival is taking place at locations in La Grande and Anthony Lakes, Jan.19-21st, 2018. The event is being sponsored by the Outdoor Adventure Program, Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort, and Wallowa Avalanche Center. Activities will kick-off at the Gilbert Center on the EOU campus with the new TGR film, Rogue Elements at 7:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19th. Doors open at 6:30pm.


Safe backcountry travel requires preparation, planning, and experience. This website provides you some planning tools, but does not attempt to provide you with all the information required. If you travel in the winter backcountry, we strongly urge you to consider advanced education. Please see our education page for information on local opportunities.