AIARE 2 Avalanche Course
The newly redesigned AIARE 2 course is a great continued education for advanced backcountry travelers and team leaders.
**COVID-19 Policy Update** Sierra Mountain Guides GUESTS! You must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to the start of your program, OR provide a current negative COVID test result taken within 48 hours of the start of your program.
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.
2023 Dates: (*Hybrid Format)
- Jan 13-15*
- Feb 9-12 (In Person)
- March 3-5*
*The hybrid courses will have three virtual classroom sessions from 6:30-9PM on two evenings during the week prior to the field days advertised above as well as one post course virtual class from 6:30-8PM the day after the field days are finished. Virtual classes will be held on the Tuesday and Wednesday during the week prior to the weekend of the field days. Students should also be prepared to briefly meet virtually in the morning and early evening of the field days.
We are offering one in person AIARE 2 course for the 22/23 winter season! The classroom portions of this course will be based out of a classroom in Mammoth Lakes. In the event that the classroom closes due to COVID the course will run in our hybrid format.
This course is one of the most exciting developments in recreational avalanche education in a while.
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, since 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 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.
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