Lectures

Lecture Series

 

Recognition of Avalanche Hazard Lecture

Weather for the Bacountry Traveler Lecture

Winter Weather Forecasting Course for Alaska

 


 

Recognition of Avalanche Hazard Lecture

Cost of the Workshop: $50 Per Person

Workshop Duration: 9:00am – 4:30pm

Tuition Includes: Instruction and handouts

Tuition Does Not Include: Round trip transportation to and from the class-site, food and water for the duration of the lecture.

This lecture series is intended for backcountry travelers and enthusiasts ranging from skiers, snowboarders, snowmachiners, climbers and more. This lecture series is intended to give a solid introduction to avalanche behavior, terrain, snow instability, and decision making.

 

Program curriculum consists of:

  • Avalanche Characteristics
  • Terrain Analysis
  • Formation of Avalanches
  • Recognition of Hazards
  • Decision Making
  • Safe Travel
  • Self-Help Backcountry Rescue

 

There are no pre-requisites for students interested in participating in this program!

SCHEDULE:
Pre-registration check-in will take place from 8:30 – 9:00 am. The program will run from 9:00 am to 4:30pm with roughly an hour off for lunch around 12:30-1:30 pm.

LOCATION:
The program will be held at the Alaska Avalanche School location at 1025 Orca Street, Unit 1N Anchorage.

PARKING:
Parking is at 1025 Orca Street  parking lot, and there is plenty of parking along the street.

PARTICIPANT GEAR REQUIREMENTS:
Please be prepared for a full day of learning. Bring a notebook and pencil or pen. Since you will be sitting the majority of the day drinks are allowed in the classroom.

RECOMMENDED READING:
Snow Sense: A Guide to Evaluating Snow Avalanche Hazard, by Fredston and Fesler.

 

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Recognition of Avalanche Hazard Lecture Brochure


 

Weather for the Bacountry Traveler Lecture

 

Cost of the Workshop: $25 Per Person

Workshop Duration: 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm

Tuition Includes: Instruction and handouts

This lecture series is intended for backcountry travelers and enthusiasts ranging from skiers, snowboarders, climbers, snowmachiners and more.  This lecture series is designed to change each year, starting with an overview and diving into specific topics unique to Alaska.  It is designed to give anyone who is affected by the weather a better understanding of the concepts that drive the complex weather patterns in the mountains of Alaska.  For those more familiar with basic climate and weather concepts the lecture will help upgrade your forecasting abilities.

 

Program curriculum consists of:

  • Review of basic weather concepts
  • Cloud, rain and snow formation
  • Winds
  • Detailed Weather and Climate info about Alaska

 

PRE-REQUISITES:
There are no pre-requisites for students interested in participating in this program.

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE:
Pre-registration check-in will take place from 5:30-6:00 pm. The program will run from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Plan to be in the classroom on time as we start promptly!!

WORKSHOP LOCATION:
The program will be held at the Alaska Avalanche School location at 1025 Orca Street, Unit 1N.

PARKING:
Parking is at 1025 Orca Street parking lot, and there is plenty of parking along the street.

PARTICIPANT GEAR REQUIREMENTS:
Notebook, pencil or pen is highly recommended. Drinks and food are welcome.

 

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Winter Weather Forecasting Course for Alaska

Cost of the Workshop: $500.00

Workshop Duration: 20 Hours

Nov. 2-4, 2013  Saturday – Monday ~ 2 1/2 days 

Objectives:

This course will focus primarily on winter weather forecasting in Alaska. It will benefit anyone with a strong interest in weather and forecasting, but will be most beneficial to personnel involved in making mission-critical weather forecasts in mountainous terrain. This course will begin with some general meteorology as a foundation for understanding of how the atmosphere works. Orographics and how the mountains interact with the weather will be explored in-depth. Students will learn how to read and interpret all pertinent weather maps and computer models, with an emphasis on products available for Alaska. There will be map reading and forecasting exercises each day to give the students hands-on experience. 

Logistics

Presentations in the classroom will be supplemented by 'live' looks at weather maps via the internet. Laptops with wireless internet capability for each student are required for completing the daily forecasting exercises. A mountain weather forecasting workbook and other supplemental materials will be included for each student in this course.

Pre-Requisites

Students should have a basic understanding of the weather and weather terminology, and have experience navigating the internet to view various weather maps and products. A technical science background is not required; however, some pre-course preparation will prove helpful in understand some of the concepts presented. A pre-course reading list will be provided ahead of time to all participants.

 

WORKSHOP LOCATION:
The program will be held at the Alaska Pacific University

MISCELLANEOUS:

Class Size limited to : 15

Please call or download our registration form to enroll and make payment.

Special Presentation made by:

Jim Woodmencey of MountainWeather

 

Join us in welcoming back Jim to Alaska for this special presentation.

Jim was formerly an avalanche forecaster and meteorologist for the Alaska Avalanche Forecast Center in Anchorage. Jim was the avalanche and weather forecaster, as well as guide, for High Mountain Heli-Skiing in Jackson, WY for 20 years and has been forecasting weather for Jackson Hole & the Teton Mountains since 1991. He is currently the chief meteorologist for mountainweather.com and forecasts for climbing expeditions around the world. Jim is the author of two books, Reading Weather and weather in the Southwest.