Take your avalanche education to the next level.
The AIARE 2 is a three-day/24-hour course that provides backcountry travelers an opportunity to advance their decision making skills in more complicated situations such as being a leader within a small travel group, traveling in more complicated terrain, and/or developing a travel plan where online resources are scarce.
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. Students will describe and discuss weather, snowpack and avalanche processes, and identify how these processes relate to observations and travel within avalanche terrain.
- 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 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.
Who should take this course:
The AIARE 2 is a three-day course for those who have taken an AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue and have had at least a year of backcountry travel experience. The AIARE 2 provides backcountry leaders the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills.
Participants must have the ability to travel in avalanche terrain. An AIARE 1 Course (strongly recommended) or equivalent Level 1 training is required. A winter of practical experience after the Level 1 course is required before taking the AIARE 2 course.
AIARE or AAA approved one-day Avalanche Rescue Course.
AIARE 2 Course Outline:
Day 1: The Changing Mountain Snowpack
- AIARE 1 Review
- Mountain Weather
- The Layered Mountain Snowpack
- Trip Planning Review
- Snowprofiles in the Field
Day 2: Making Quality Observations
- Avalanche Formation and Release
- Interpreting Weather Data, Snow Surface Conditions, and Snow Profiles
- Craftsmanship, Relevancy, and Verification of Snow Observations
- Risk Management in Small Groups
- Snowpack Test in the Field
Day 3: Applying Observations to Field Decisions
- Traveling in the Field as a Small Team
- Field Risk Management and During Action Review
- Communicating Observations to our group, other travelers, and local experts
Upcoming AIARE 2 Courses:
Pre-Requisites: Able to travel in avalanche terrain; An AIARE 1 Course (strongly recommended) or equivalent Level 1 training; and AIARE Avalanche Rescue is required. A winter of practical experience after the Level 1 course is strongly recommended before taking the AIARE 2 course. Required equipment for all avalanche courses: Equipment List
Dates | Course Location | Cost:
- January 8th – January 10th, 2019 ^ (CLOSED)
- February 8th – 10th, 2019 *
- Course Type: Backcountry / Town Based | Ski / Board
- Location: Cabinet Mountains | Libby, Montana
- Cost: $425 (includes group lodging for 4 days/3 nights)
Locations: Schweitzer Mountain, ID (21 and under courses) | Lookout Pass, ID/MT (21 and under courses) | Mt. Spokane, WA | Flatiron Mountain, MT (all course types) | Cabinet Mountains, MT (all course types) | Downing Mountain Lodge, Hamilton, MT (backcountry-based courses) | Wallowa Mountains, OR (all course types)
It should be noted: All course locations are subject to permitting and condition considerations and will be finalized a month out. However, all course locations are within driving distance of each other.
# Pricing includes certified AIARE Field Instructors, AIARE Field Notebook, AIARE Student Manual, AIARE 1 completion card, and other benefits. Additional discounts/incentives given for private groups 8 and above (except backcountry-based courses). Lodging discounts available possible for these courses through our partner businesses. Participants responsible for transportation to and from course venue and meals.
* Includes all of the above and affordable group lodging! Participants responsible for transportation to and from course venue and meals.
^Includes all of the above, shuttling of gear to course areas, breakfast, and dinners. Participants responsible for transportation to and from course venue and bringing specialty snacks and food for lunches.
Please note: Youth (between the ages of 16 – 21) and women are strongly encouraged to apply for a scholarship through SOLE’s Kip Rand Scholarship Fund. Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.