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Enhance your avalanche education in the heart of the Elk Mountains

Why Take AIARE Courses with Us

  • Smaller class sizes

  • Highest-caliber instructors with supplemental certifications and experience managing avalanche terrain, i.e. Ski Patrol

  • Curriculum that prioritizes experiential learning by skiing laps on tour days and scouting out powder. No snowshoeing.

  • Excellent access to terrain and trailheads just 15 minutes from the classroom

  • Added resource of the local avalanche center

Course Description

The AIARE Avalanche 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 of Avalanche Safety and Education (AIARE) Level 2 is a 3-day/24-hour course that provides backcountry travelers the opportunity to advance their decision-making skills in more complicated situations such as: leading travel in small groups, traveling in more challenging terrain, and developing travel plans with limited resources. 

This course builds on the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in the AIARE Level 1 and adds to the evaluation of critical hazard assessment factors. Students will describe and discuss the weather, snowpack, and avalanche processes 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 severe. 
  • 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 includes 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 or in the absence of local supporting avalanche information. 


  • Lodging and food

Course Dates

  • Dec. 15 – 17, 2023 COMPLETED
  • Jan. 12 – 14, 2024 COMPLETED
  • March 8 – 10, 2024

AIARE 2 Aspen to CB Hut Traverse

Take your AIARE Rec 2 while traversing the Elk Mountains from Aspen to Crested Butte, using the Tagert and Friends Huts along the way.

  • All food and lodging during the course is included
  • February 6-9
  • $1150/person
  • 6 student maximum


  • AIARE Level 2 Course Manual, AIARE Field Book, AIARE Level 2 certificate upon successful completion of the course

Things to Know


Per Person¹²³


Guest to Guide Ratio

¹Required Reading: The Avalanche Handbook, by McClung and Schar

²Suggested Reading: Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, by Tremper

³Avalanche safety gear and backcountry touring set-ups can be rented for an additional fee

Course Details

Requirements Certifications Prerequisites2


Participants should have some previous experience in backcountry skiing/riding, as well as some previous avalanche education.

Private Courses2

Private Courses

Private courses are available. Call our office to learn more.

Requirements Certifications Prerequisites2


Our course is certified by the American Institute of Avalanche Research & Education (AIARE) and our guides are trained by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA).

Learn to analyze complex problems in avalanche terrain

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