Avalanche Operations Level 3 - Canmore (September 29 - October 3, 2019)

Canmore Nordic Centre - Banquet Room, Canmore AB

September 29 - October 3, 2019


Last updated: Sept 20, 2019 – Check this page again 2 weeks prior to your course start date

Dear CAA Avalanche Operations Level 3 participants,

Welcome to the Canadian Avalanche Association’s Applied Avalanche Risk Management course.  

The Level 3 is designed to teach students concepts of risk that will help them create a risk management framework for use in practical applications in snow avalanche risk management and operations.

Students are expected to come well prepared to course, having completed the mandatory pre-readings in the student manual.  The Level 3 course combines theory and practical experience, and is delivered in both lecture and team exercise format.  The lessons are designed to challenge your thinking, and students will be encouraged to contribute perspectives from their avalanche forecasting and risk management backgrounds, together with the knowledge gained from the pre-readings. 

Besides the mailed student resource package this will be the only written correspondence from the CAA regarding your course. Please contact the CAA directly (250-837-2435) if you have any questions.

Below you will find pertinent information for your course. Take the time to read it carefully.

We wish you well on your travels this winter and success during your course.



Emily Grady

Industry Training Program Manager

Pre-course preparation checklist

  • Check this page again 2 weeks prior to course start date.
  • You will be mailed a package containing a variety of resources. We recommend students begin the readings in the student manual right away as they are very technical in nature; they will require a couple of sessions to get through.
  • Until you receive your student manual, please refer to your online registration confirmation email for a view-only link to the manual and the Level 3 glossary
  • Students are expected to have their own copy of the Avalanche Handbook.
  • It is strongly recommended that students purchase the textbook by Stephen, G. Vicks, Degrees of Belief – Subjective Probability and Engineering Judgment, however, the specified pages from Vick’s book will be included in the pre-course materials.
  • Be familiar with the Technical Aspects of Snow Avalanche Risk Management TASARM. This will be distributed at the course. 

Location and Start Time

Start time: 9:00 am sharp on September 29, 2019

Location:  Click here for a map of the course location Canmore Nordic Centre - Banquet Room, 1988 Olympic Way, Canmore, AB T1W 1N7, Canada, (403) 678-2400

Equipment List

The Level 3 course is a classroom-based course. Come prepared with your laptop, power cable, student package and pen/notepaper. As this is a classroom course and most of you will be used to being active during your day, mentally prepare yourself for a classroom setting and come to class having exercised in the morning or plan to exercise at lunch if needed. Snacks and any specific hydration needs should be organized in advance and brought to class. There is a lunch break but depending on the course location it is prudent to bring a lunch due to time constraints and food store options. 


Please refer to the Course Evaluation section of the Level 3 webpage for assessment details.You will also receive guidelines and further information for what is expected during the course.

Sample Schedule

VIew a Sample Course Schedule for the Level 3 course.


All students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the course location. For those wishing to carpool a list of student emails is sent out a few weeks prior to the course start date for that purpose.

There are no field sessions with this course.


There are a lot of options for accommodation in Canmore. You can search Canmore AB for information on local hostels, hotels, motels, campgrounds, and B & B’s.

Student Policies

To familiarize yourself with the Student Policies go to our Student Resources webpage.
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