AIARE Level 2 Rec.   (Monarch Pass Hut Based)

Who should take this course: 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.

Course Description: 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.

At the end of the AIARE 2 course the student should be able to:

  • 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.

Skis or splitboard and proficiency skiing or snowboarding is required.  Snowshoes are not appropriate for this hut based trip.

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Want more education?

  • Recreational backcountry travelers will need to take the AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue as a prerequisite for the AIARE 2 Rec course.

2018 course dates: 

  • March 16-18 (take this course with Mar. 15th Avy Res for 10% discount if booked at the same time)


  • Monarch Pass and Lost Wonder Hut.

$695 per student (includes lodging & meals)

Included:  AIARE Field Book, Student Resources, 2-nights lodging in backcountry hut with breakfast and dinners.

Not Included: Transportation, snacks, and guide gratuity.

Required gear: Alpine Touring Ski/Splitboard setup. Full winter backcountry gear. See our gear list on this page. Snowshoes are not appropriate for this hut based trip.

Prerequisites: Completion of AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue. Students must be proficient skiers or split-boarders for travel on this hut based trip.

Due to the high interest of this course, full payment is required at time of registration. AIARE courses are refundable 30 day from course start, after which refunds will be issued only if we fill your spot.

The Hut comes with a slew of amenities such as beds, a wood stove for heat, a propane stove and oven for cooking, and a large selection of games for entertainment. The toilet is an outhouse compost toilet, and there is no running water. We will be melting snow and filling water jugs from the stream. Water treatment will be included.

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Pikes Peak Alpine School operates under special use permits from the USDA Forest Service, Pike National Forest and is an equal opportunity service provider & employer