AIARE Level 2

Course Description 

The AIARE Level 2 course has been designed specifically to meet the needs of advanced students who have taken an AIARE Level 1 and AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course. 

The American Institute for Avalanche Safety and Education (AIARE) Level 2 is a three-day/24-hour course that provides backcountry travelers an opportunity to advance their decision making skills in more complicated situations including: leading travel in small groups, traveling in more complicated terrain, and developing travel plans with limited resources.

This course builds on the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduce in the AIARE Level 1 and adds to the evaluation of critical hazard assessment factors. Students will describe and discuss weather, snowpack and avalanche process and identify how these processes relate to observations and travel within avalanche terrain. 

Course Objectives 

Students can expect to learn about the following topics: 
  • Differentiate where specific avalanche hazards exist within the landscape and identify avalanche terrain where consequences may be more sever. 
  • Use and interpret weather, snow and avalanche observations to locate appropriate terrain prior to entering and while in the field. 
  • Demonstrate leadership skills within a small team that include facilitating small group discussion, promoting appropriate terrain selection, and utilizing simple risk management strategies. 
  • Implement a basic forecasting framework that can be used in conjunction with and in the absences of local supporting avalanche information. 

Course Details 

  • Itinerary:
    • Day 1: Full Day Zoom Class Session
    • Day 2 & 3: Field Sessions in Crested Butte
  • Inclusions: AIARE Level 2 Course Manual, AIARE Field Book, AIARE Level 2 certificate upon successful completion of course. 
  • Exclusions: Lodging, food, avalanche safety gear, backcountry touring gear.* 
  • Required Reading: The Avalanche Handbook, by McClung and Schaerer**
  • Suggested Reading: Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain,by Tremper
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