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
Avalanche Level 2

Alayne Tetor

This course helped me to understand how weather and terrain effect snow conditions and how to collect and discern critial information for safe skiing in the backcountry. Even though I have almost no science background, the instructors made everything very accessible to learn and practice.

Avalanche Level 2

Anna Ferntheil

The AAS level 2 class dove deeper into avalanche and group mechanics. The knowledge presented in the course will help preapre students wanting to take the next steps in backcountry travel. I feel much better equipped to make well informed snow travel. I feel much better equipped to make well informed snow travel decisions- even if limited information is readily available.

Avalanche Level 1

Erin Kilbury

Last year I took the first Level One Avalanche Course at the Manitoba Hut, hosted by the Alaska Avalanche School. It was an inspiring, humbling and empowering experience that I highly recommend to anyone doing winter travel in the mountains. Whether you are new to Alaska’s terrain and snow or have been playing in the mountains your whole life, this course delivers high-value, essential information for making safe and educated decisions.

Pro I Bridge

Matthew Murphy

Stay Safe in the backcountry and have your buddies backs - take a class with AAS!


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