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 two-day on site course with online self-paced learning 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.
What to Expect:
- two two-hour ZOOM Meetings prior to the course start dates
ZOOM dates for AIARE 2 course:
- ZOOM 1:
- Tuesday 02/23 6:30pm-8:30pm OR
- Monday 03/01 6:30pm-8:30pm
- ZOOM 2:
- Tuesday 03/02 6:30pm-7:30pm
- two consecutive field days at Bluebird Backcountry:
- Thursday 03/04 8:30am-4:00pm
- Friday 03/05 8:30am-4:00pm
- self-paced online study material utilizing Google Classroom
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.
- Each student is required to carry a beacon, shovel and probe to leave the base area whether you are with a guide, an instructor, or on your own. These are available to rent if you do not have your own snow safety gear.
Zoom calls : February 23 and March 02 6:00pm - 9:00pm
On snow: March 4-5, 8:30am - 4:00pm