Northwind Avalanche and Weather Services

Northwind Avalanche and Weather Services has operated in Whitehorse, Yukon since 2011. Our services include recreational avalanche training, weather forecasting, climactic analysis and forensic meteorology, and we have worked with a wide variety of clients and industries throughout western Canada.

Avalanche Training

We are licensed and insured providers of Avalanche Canada Avalanche Skills Training AST 1 and AST 2 courses. Canada is a leader in recreational avalanche training and this curriculum is delivered throughout Canada, the United States, Japan and Norway. Our instructors are all members of the Canadian Avalanche Association and bring a wealth of experience working and recreating in avalanche terrain. Please see our Avalanche Training page for more information.

Weather and Climate Services

We are experienced with operational weather forecasting, climactic analysis, forensic meteorology and data acquisition and management and strive to provide our clients with a quality product. We have extensive experience working with other experts such as hydrologists and emergency managers and will be happy to work alongside experts within your own organization.

For more about our past projects and services please refer to our Meteorological Services page, or contact us


The principal, Mike Smith, holds an MSc in Atmospheric Sciences from Colorado State University and a PhD in Avalanche Mechanics from the University of Calgary. His experience includes work in operational forecasting, climactic analysis, academia and emergency management. He is a member of the following organizations and associations:

  • Canadian Avalanche Association (Professional Member)
  • Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
  • American Meteorological Society
  • International Association of Wildland Fire