Introduction to Weather
This introductory course is the first of two courses that focus on fundamental weather theory essential to understanding basic forecasts and internet-based weather resources. Taught by leading forecasters and avalanche practitioners in Canada, the course is designed for anyone interested in knowing more about weather, its behaviour in mountainous regions, and its connection with snow and avalanche conditions. It is also useful for students who wish to firm up their current weather knowledge.


Students are introduced to publicly available tools and methods that help to assess any weather scenario over the mountains of western BC. Skills will be taught to provide the base of knowledge essential for the Advanced Weather Skills course that focuses on the CAA's weather services for industry, and specifically how to localize large-scale regional forecasts to make them more meaningful in an operational context. 
The majority of this two-day course will take place in a classroom, starting at 8:00 and ending at approximately 17:00. Refer to the sample schedule for details.
Visit the course calendar for course dates, locations and registration. Course dates for the following year are updated in the spring. Online registration opens in June for the following season. 

Program Goals

For each course the Canadian Avalanche Association creates specific course goals and learning objectives. These reflect industry standards and current best practices and are updated accordingly. The Introduction to Weather course goals and objectives are displayed in the Introduction to Weather DACUM. If you are unfamiliar with DACUMs please read the document "Learn what a DACUM is and why it is important".


Participants must be 19 years of age or older. You will be required to upload a scan or legible photo of proof of age during your registration. Example: a copy of your driver's license.


Recommended Courses and Experience:


Registration is done online and opens in June for the following year. Note that full payment will be taken at the time of online registration.

You will be required to upload a scan or JPEG of the following document during your registration process. Without it you will be unable to complete your registration. You will need to upload:

  • Proof of 19 years of age or older. Example: a copy of your driver's license.

Tuition and Funding Opportunities

****The following are 2016-17 tuition prices. Note that prices are now location-specific to reflect ACTUAL costs associated with course locations****  


Revelstoke: $459

Canmore: $432

Squamish: $491


An additional $100 registration fee is applied to International Students to account for shipping costs.


Tuition is due at time of registration.

Course Evaluation

There is an evaluation component to the course. A passing mark of 71% or over on the final exam must be obtained to complete the course successfully.

Course Equipment and Materials

This is a classroom based course and students are required to bring a laptop computer to the course. Student manuals will be sent to the mailing address submitted in your online registration. If you have not received your manual one month prior to course start then please contact the CAA office. Pre-course readings and questions must be completed before attending the course.

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Revelstoke, BC Canada, V0E 2S0
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