By Jessi Loerch
Avalanche safety: REI at Alderwood mall is offering a free course on avalanche awareness at 7 p.m. tonight (Monday). Get more info here.
Winter scrambling: Learn about the fun and challenges of winter scrambling at a seminar on Thursday at the Drewel Building, meeting room 2, 3000 Rockefeller Ave. The speakers will discuss snowshoeing, winter scrambling, skiing and avalanche issues. Get more info here.
Warren Miller: The legendary film series comes to Everett on Thursday at Historic Everett Theatre. Get in the mood for winter with the best — and craziest — of skiing and snowboarding. This year’s film is “Ticket to Ride” and it’s the 64th annual ski and snowboard film. Get more info here.
Backcountry film festival: See 10 independent films that celebrate the joys of the outdoors in winter. The Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival is Nov. 25 in Bellevue and Jan. 10 in Seattle. Tickets are $12 ($10 for Mountaineers members.)
For paddlers: The Deception Pass Dash, a 6-mile paddle through Deception Pass, is Dec. 8. You’ll need a good amount of paddling experience to participate. The swirling waters of Deception Pass can be tricky. If you’d like to brush up on your skills before the event, there are on-water practices and classes the day before, Dec. 7. Get more info here. If you’d like to learn even more about paddling in tricky currents and tides, check out the Secrets of Tides and Currents Revealed on Nov. 26 in Seattle. Learn more about that class here.
Hiking basics: Get all the basic info you need to start hiking in safety and comfort. The Mountaineers are offering a free seminar in Seattle on Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Get more info and register here.
Winged Migration: Learn about birds around the world in the beautiful documentary “Winged Migration.” The film is being shown at the Northwest Stream Center at 7 p.m. on Dec. 20. It’s free, but you need to call 425-316-8592 to register. Get more info here.