AIARE Level 2
The Level 2 course provides backcountry leaders the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills. This course also includes the introductory and prerequisite components for the professional progression: the Level 3 certificate.
We’ll build from the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in the Level 1 and add to it the evaluation of factors critical to stability evaluation.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Advance understanding of avalanche terrain, particularly from the perspective of stability analysis.
- Discuss how the snowpack develops and metamorphoses over time; and discuss the factors that contribute to spatial variability.
- Learn standard observation guidelines and recording formats for factors that influence or indicate snow stability. SWAG MODULE.
- Advance understanding of avalanche release and triggering mechanisms.
- Introduce a snow stability analysis and forecasting framework.
- Improve companion rescue skills including multiple and deep burials.
Instructional Sessions (40 hours including both class and field) include:
- AIARE 1 Review
- Energy balance, the mountain snowpack and metamorphism
- Faceting; near surface and near crust faceting
- Formation of surface hoar and persistent weak layers
- Skier Triggering: theory and observations
- International and national snow, weather and avalanche observation and recording guidelines (SWAG). SWAG is available for download.
– Weather; interpreting forecasts, recording and observation techniques
– Snow profile techniques and bonding tests
– Avalanche observations and recording techniques
- Stability analysis checklist: reviewing critical factors
– Stability ratings
– Daily stability forecasts and analysis
- Trip Planning and hazard forecasting for avalanche terrain.trip-plan-1
– The avalanche danger ratings
– Terrain analysis using maps/photos
– Forecasting stability and variability
- Terrain selection and route finding
– Group management and hazard management
– Decision making
– Human factors
- Information gathering
– Site selection and relevancy
– Spatial variability
– Slope tests
- Companion Rescue
– AIARE 1 techniques review
– Multiple burial
– Shovel techniques
Visit AIARE’s website here.
Use of beacon, shovel and probes are included. Ski/splitboard are required.
2017 course dates:
This course is 4 days in the field and classroom Thursday through Sunday.
Glen Cove on Pikes Peak
Horsethief Park on Pikes Peak
An AIARE Level 1 Course
Know how to skin and have a ski or split board set up
Not Included: Transportation and toll fees, accommodations, food, and guide gratuity.
6:1 max ratio
Prices are per person
4 day includes:
- AIARE Certified Level 2 Leader
- Use of BCA beacon, probe, and shovel (if required)
- AIARE field book, AIARE student manual, SWAG download.
Not included is transportation to mountain field locations, snow science tools, and personal backcountry equipment. Alpine touring skis/splitboard are required.
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