The Tacoma REI store is holding a free avalanche awareness class on Jan. 19.
Members of the Friends of the Northwest Avalanche Center (www.nwac.us) will lead the introductory course on avalanche awareness. Participatns will learn where to find avalanche reports, how to interpret the avalanche reports, the gear necessary when traveling in avalanche terrain and how to assess the risks.
The center provides daily avalanche forecasts for 13 areas in the Cascades and Olympic Mountains, including Mount Rainier, White Pass and Hurricane Ridge.
The program will run from 7-8:30 p.m. The store is at 3825 S. Steele St., Tacoma. For more information, call 253-671-1938.