This advanced course focuses on avalanche forecasting for backcountry skiers or snowboarders. While spending three weeks in a suitable mountain environment, students will learn about "snow" in all of its aspects. Students will also gather and interpret information that allows them to make informed decisions about avalanche formation. The topics include mountain meteorology, mountain snowpack, snow formation and metamorphism, avalanche phenomena, stability testing and evaluation, safety and rescue, critical route finding, and group management. American Avalanche Association level 2 curriculum will be used as a foundation. However, field activities will go far beyond in practical application of theory. The course will emphasize all aspects of operational and site specific forecasting methodology relevant to professional and recreational applications in snow science and avalanche hazard evaluation.