Events

Winter 2017-18 Events

 

Please check out the National Avalanche Center Education Page for a great intro to the basics.

We sponsor a number of avalanche education events in the local area. Look for a listing on this page around the beginning of November, 2017.

Whitman College Avalanche Awareness Presentation, Wednesday, Nov. 8th, 7pm. Olin Auditorium 138

 

The Wallowa Avalanche Center presents a FREE 1.5 hour clinic which focuses on the fundamentals of traveling safely in the winter environment where avalanche hazards exist. The presentation addresses avalanche hazard awareness, tour planning, familiarity with avalanche center advisories, basic equipment considerations, and the need for skill in companion rescue.

 

Join WAC forecaster and education coordinator Michael Hatch for an engaging evening of avalanche awareness training at 7:00pm-8:30 PM.

This evening presentation is packed with information aimed at anyone who is serious about winter recreation. Snowmobile riders and backcountry skiiers are especially encouraged! 

 

You will learn:

How to identify avalanche terrain

Planning your travel in avalanche terrain

The basic requirements for an avalanche

The warning signs that snow is unstable

Using information from an avalanche center

 

Further educational information

The Wallowa Avalanche Center sponsors avalanche awareness presentations at no cost to the public.

 

La Grande Avalanche Awareness Presentation, Wednesday, Nov. 15th, 6:30pm. Zabel Hall, Lewis Auditorium

 

The EOU Outdoor Adventure Program in partnership with the Wallowa Avalanche Center presents a FREE 1.5 hour clinic which focuses on the fundamentals of traveling safely in the winter environment where avalanche hazards exist.  The presentation addresses avalanche hazard awareness, tour planning, familiarity with avalanche center advisories, basic equipment considerations, and the need for skill in companion rescue.

 

Join OAP Coordinator Michael Hatch for an engaging evening of avalanche awareness training at 6:30pm-8:00 PM on Wednesday, Nov 15th, 2017. 

This evening presentation is packed with information aimed at anyone who is serious about winter recreation. Snowmobile riders and backcountry skiiers are especially encouraged! 

 

You will learn:

How to identify avalanche terrain

Planning your travel in avalanche terrain

The basic requirements for an avalanche

The warning signs that snow is unstable

Using information from an avalanche center

 

Further educational information

The Wallowa Avalanche Center sponsors avalanche awareness presentations at no cost to the public.

 

When: Wednesday, Nov. 15th,  6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

 

Location: Zabel Hall, Lewis Auditorium, Eastern Oregon University campus

 

Contact:

OAP Coordinator, Michael Hatch

Phone: 541-962-3621 

Email: mhatch@eou.edu

 

La Grande, OR Avalanche Awareness Presentation, Thursday, Nov. 30th, 6:00pm Blue Mountain Outfitters

 

The Wallowa Avalanche Center in partnership with Blue Mountain Outfitters presents a FREE 1 hour clinic teaching the fundamentals of avalanche safety.  The clinic will include: identifying avalanche terrain, basic requirements for an avalanche, warning signs that the snow is unstable, rescue equipment and using the avalanche center as a resource.  Snowmobilers, skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers, climbers, and anyone spending time in the mountains during the winter are encouraged to come.  

 

For Questions Contact:

WAC Executive Director: Victor McNeil

Email: victor@wallowaavalanchecenter.org

 

 

Warren Miller's Line of Descent, Sposored by Volkswagen / Side A Fundraising Extravaganza, Saturday, Dec. 2nd, 6:00pm, Zabel Hall, Lewis Auditorium

 

The EOU Outdoor Adventure Program in conjunction with Side A, Blue Mountain Outfitters, Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort, and Eli Mayes Dental proudly present Warren Miller's Line of Descent. This is a first for La Grande and the surrounding community! Join us for a great night of ski and snowboard action, get your winter stoke on, and raise funds to support the good work of the Wallowa Avalanche Center (WAC). Following the movie the festivities will move down to Side A for a WAC fundraising event with door prizes and raffle for amazing snow safety and backcountry gear. Tickets for the Warren Miller movie cost $10 for community members and $5 for students and can be purchased at the door, EOU Outdoor Adventure Program office, or at Blue Mountain Outfitters. Doors open at 5:30 with the show starting promptly at 6pm. The Side A fundraiser starts right after the movie around 8:30pm. 

 

Contact:

OAP Coordinator, Michael Hatch

Phone: 541-962-3621 

Email: mhatch@eou.edu

 

Baker City, OR Avalanche Awareness Presentation and Fundraiser, Tuesday, December 5th, 6:00pm

 

The Wallowa Avalanche Center in partnership with Barley Browns, presents a FREE 1 hour clinic teaching the fundamentals of avalanche safety.  The clinic will include: identifying avalanche terrain, basic requirements for an avalanche, warning signs that the snow is unstable, rescue equipment and using the avalanche center as a resource.  Snowmobilers, skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers, climbers, and anyone spending time in the mountains during the winter are encouraged to come.  

 

The Awareness Presentation will take place at Baker School District at 2090 4th St in the North Conference Room at 6pm.

 

The Fundraiser after the Awareness Presentation will take place at Barley Brown’s at 8pm, with $2 per pint going to the WAC.  We’ll be raffling some prizes and watch a ski or snowmobile film.

 

For Questions Contact:

WAC Executive Director: Victor McNeil

Email: victor@wallowaavalanchecenter.org

 

AIARE Recreation Level 1 Avalanche Course, EOU, Winter Term 2018, January and February, 2018

 

This AIARE course is being offered through Eastern Oregon University and the Outdoor Adventure Program. Participants can register as non-admit students at EOU. Contact the OAP Coordinator or Registrar's Office for registration details. This class will meet for 5 Tuesday evening class sessions at EOU from 4-6pm from Jan. 10th to Feb. 7th. Students will also have two field days to attend on Feb.4th & 5th. Participants in this course will receive a Recreational Level 1 certificate from the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE). This 24-hour certificate course is designed for students with an interest in developing the skills and knowledge necessary to travel and lead groups safely through avalanche prone terrain with an emphasis on hazard evaluation, terrain management, and rescue techniques. 

 

Contact:

OAP Coordinator, Michael Hatch

Phone: 541-962-3621 

Email: mhatch@eou.edu

 

6th Annual Eastern Oregon Backcountry Festival, Jan. 19-21st, 2018, La Grande and Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort

 

The Eastern Oregon Backcountry Festival is coming right up! This will be a fun-filled weekend celebrating winter recreation in our region that will support and help sustain the Wallowa Avalanche Center. 

 

The festivities will kick off with a showing of TGR's latest film, Rogue Elements at the La Grande Arts Center at 7 pm on Friday, January 19th. Doors open at 6:30pm. This evening event will be catered by Benchwarmers with micro brews available for purchase along with other beverages and food. 

 

A raffle and silent auction will benefit the Wallowa Avalanche Center. We have an awesome selection of prizes donated by local businesses and individuals, including (but certainly not limited to) a whitewater rafting trip from Winding Waters River Expeditions, a ski trip at one of the legendary Wallowa Alpine Huts, a BCA rescue package, and stellar outdoor gear from Blue Mountain Outfitters. 

 

The following day, Saturday, Jan. 20th, the party will move to Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort for the Kip Rand Memorial uphill/downhill race, companion rescue and avalanche basics clinics, and live music by the amazing "Bag of Hammers" at the fabled Starbottle Saloon. Mark your calendars, people, it's going to be an awesome weekend! 

 

 

FRIDAY NIGHT: TGR film, Rogue Elements at the La Grande Arts East Center and AMAZING gear raffle and good beer.

SATURDAY: Uphill/Downhill Race at Anthony Lakes & Avalanche Safety Clinics. Music by Bag of Hammers. Additional raffle prizes and the race winners get Anthony Lakes 2018/2019 season passes.

SUNDAY: Anthony Lakes Backcountry Tour Day. Contact Michael Hatch, OAP Coordinator to sign up.

 

Additional info can be found at: https://www.eou.edu/outdoor/eastern-oregon-backcountry-festival-2018