Alaska Winter Weather Forecasting focuses on reading and interpreting pertinent weather maps and computer models, with an emphasis on products specific to Alaska.

Students should have a basic understanding of the weather and weather terminology, and have some experience navigating the Internet to view various weather maps and products. A technical science background is not required; however, some pre-course preparation will be helpful.

Alaska Winter Weather Forecasting (Advanced)

2 days / $550
Description: This 2-day course begins where the Winter Weather Forecasting Course leaves off, concentrating on more advanced meteorological subjects, more mountain weather forecasting techniques, and more hands-on forecasting practice. Students will be introduced to additional analysis tools and computer model interpretation techniques. Goals: Learn how to organize and streamline the forecast process, utilizing the most pertinent weather products to create a forecast for your specific area of interest. By the end of this course you should have… More

Alaska Winter Weather Forecasting (Basic)

2 days / $550
Description (Basic): This 2-Day course is similar to the WWF course described HERE, it also covers basic meteorology and how the atmosphere works, but is tailored to concentrate primarily on Alaska’s weather.  Students will learn how to read and interpret the weather maps, resources and computer models available for the Alaska region,  with hands-on forecasting exercises each day. This course is especially useful for personnel involved in making short-term mission-critical weather forecasts for mountainous… More
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Companion rescue was a very valuable course. I am a novice backcountry skier and I was made welcome and all of my questions were answered sincerely.

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