Know Before You Go Program

The "Know Before You Go" avalanche education program was developed and provided to the Central Oregon Avalanche Association by the Utah Avalanche Center.  This is a free basic avalanche awareness program and not a replacement for taking an avalanche class taught by certified avalanche professionals.

The program is designed as a 60-90 minute program in three parts:

  1. A 15-30 minute narrated video, showing avalanches, people triggering avalanches, and the destructive power of avalanches.
  2. A 15-30 minute presentation about the basics of how to recognize avalanche terrain, recognize obvious signs of instability, safe travel practices, the basics of avalanche rescue equipment and self-rescue procedures, and where to obtain information about current avalanche conditions.
  3. A 15-30 minute discussion covering local factors, group Q&A, and product testing.

East Side Schedule:  

All presentations start at 6PM at Immersion Brewing unless otherwise noted.
Nov 2 at Pro Caliber Bend 2-3pm
Nov 19 presented by SheJumps
Dec 3
Jan 7
Feb 4
Mar 3

West Side Schedule:  

Jan. 8th Salem Summit, 240 Commercial St NE, Salem, OR 97301
503-990-7304 6:30-8:00 pm

Jan. 14th Oregon Nordic Club Willamette Chapter, Pringle Hall, 606 Church St SE, Salem, OR 97301
7-8:30 pm

Jan.15th Bergs Ski Shop 367 W 13th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401
541-683-1300 6:00-7:30 pm

Jan. 23rd. Western Oregon University , at the Peter Courtney Health and Wellness Center, 330 Jackson St W, Monmouth, OR 97361
503-838-9530 5:00-6:30pm

Feb. 19th Mt. Jefferson Snowmobile Club, at Pietro’s Pizza 1637 Hawthorne Ave NE, Salem, OR 97301
Maria Sammons 5:30 -7pm.

If you are part of an organization that has interest in hosting the "Know Before You Go" program, please email us at