For those who are ready to expand their avalanche and risk management knowledge to take on bigger challenges in the backcountry, this three-day course is the next step. This course introduces more complex situations, including being the leader of a small travel group in the backcountry, traveling in complicated terrain, and developing a travel plan that incorporates a discussion of weather, terrain, and snowpack conditions where resources are scarce.
Field days will be on location at Bluebird Backcountry. Access to the property included in the course price (no pass necessary).
COVID-19 safety is part of our course organization; we’ll work to maximize physical and COVID-19 safety.
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.
Student Learning Outcomes
- 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.
- 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 highly recommended before taking the AIARE 2 course.
- AIARE or AAA approved one-day Avalanche Rescue Course.
March 5-7, 2021