Mountain Weather

Methods for Meteorological Assessments and Forecasts

View larger imageHigh pressure system over the Coastal Range | Photo: Angela Hawse

"I can attest that the students on the CAA weekend courses are getting training equal to if not superior than entry level tertiary education." Hadleigh Thompson -Thompson Rivers University

Meteorology and its impact on the snowpack constitute a major ingredient in avalanche awareness as well as outdoor safety. At the same time, most outdoor enthusiasts and young professionals have limited confidence in their weather assessment skills. This is mostly due to a lack of knowledge and tools. For this reason, the CAA has developed the Introduction to Weather and Advanced Weather courses aimed at providing a foundation for understanding weather concepts and terminology followed by the application of weather forecasting tools and resources to help you predict snow and avalanche conditions.

If you:

  • Are interested in how to understand greater detail in weather events and their connection to the snowpack;
  • Would like to know more about the current weather situation before you go outdoors;
  • Would like to be able to look at a weather map and have a better idea of how this relates to avalanche hazard or ski quality;

Then, consider registering for one of the CAA's Weather Skills courses. Click on either the Introduction to Weather or Advanced Weather link in the left sidebar.