AIARE 2 Avalanche Course


The newly redesigned AIARE 2 course is a great continued education for advanced backcountry travelers and team leaders. This course is an excellent way to build on the AIARE 1 decision making framework by improving the quality and quantity of observations and learning to apply decision making strategies to more complex terrain and scenarios. This course starts with the 1-day Avalanche Rescue course. This allows us to focus on decision making and learning in the field for the remainder of the course. Location for this course is Mammoth Lakes.

This year all of our courses will be a hybrid format with a virtual classroom and 3 days of field work. The classroom portion will be over 2 evenings the week prior to the course. The field days are scheduled below.

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AIARE 2 Avalanche Course

AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Seminar

New for 2017-18, the redesigned AIARE Level 2 is designed specifically to meet the needs of advanced recreational students. Based on new guidelines from the American Avalanche Association, starting the 2017-18 season there are now separate tracks for recreational and professional avalanche education. The recreational track includes Level 1 + Avalanche Rescue + Level 2. We have combined Avalanche Rescue into this Level 2 course to allow more time for learning in the field over the 3-day Level 2 component. This is course is one of the most exciting developments in recreational avalanche education in a while, and is a great way to both refresh and significantly upgrade Level 1 skills and knowledge for making decisions in the backcountry. If you’ve been deterred in the past from taking a Level 2 because you felt it was a semi-professional course and/or too heavily focused on snow science this is likely the course for you.

The AIARE 2 builds on the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in the AIARE 1 and adds to it the evaluation of critical hazard assessment factors. In the classroom, you will learn about mountain weather and key snowpack processes. During field tours you will learn critical snowpack and weather observation skills, advanced terrain management, and tour leadership techniques.

Additional information

2020-21 Dates:

Jan 8-10, Feb 5-7


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