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AIARE LEVEL 2

37.9º N, 107.7º W

Advance your decision-making skills in more complicated situations such as being a group leader, traveling in more complicated terrain, and developing more robust travel plans

analyzing snow stability

and avalanche terrain

The AIARE Level 2 builds on the foundations of the avalanche hazard management model that was introduced in your Level 1. We will add to your skills for evaluating critical hazard factors, through discussions of weather, snowpack and avalanche processes, and how these relate to observations and travel within avalanche terrain. Our AIARE instructors have extensive experience guiding, teaching, and skiing the backcountry; combine this with fantastic access to terrain right out the door of the Addie S Cabin, and the SJE Level 2 course is not to be missed! 

analyzing snow stability and avalanche terrain

The AIARE Level 2 builds on the foundations of the avalanche hazard management model that was introduced in your Level 1. We will add to your skills for evaluating critical hazard factors, through discussions of weather, snowpack and avalanche processes, and how these relate to observations and travel within avalanche terrain. Our AIARE instructors have extensive experience guiding, teaching, and skiing the backcountry; combine this with fantastic access to terrain right out the door of the Addie S Cabin, and the SJE Level 2 course is not to be missed!

2020 dates

AIARE Level 2:  February 28 – March 1 at the Addie S Cabin

Prerequisite Companion Rescue Course avalible on February 27th (If have not taken one yet)

COST

$775
*cost does not include 1-day Companion Rescue Course, which is a prerequisite for the Level 2

logistics

The Addie S is a drive-to hut located on Hwy 550, 1.5 miles south of the top of the pass in the San Juan Mountains; the ideal classroom.  The hut has a full kitchen, running water, hot shower, wood stove, and electricity.  Check in is the night prior to the course. This allows us to get settled and begin the course in the morning at the hut with no transition.

INCLUDES

  • +/- 8 hours of classroom instruction; +/- 16 hours of field instruction
  • AIARE Manual + Field Book; AIARE student fees
  • AMGA and AIARE Trained Ski or Splitboard Guide
  • Avalanche safety equipment (beacon, shovel, probe)
  • Federal Land Use Surcharge (USFS/BLM)
  • 3 nights lodging, breakfast & dinners

NOT INCLUDED

  • Guide gratuity
  • Personal snacks for lunch / daytime
  • Backcountry touring equipment: skis or splitboard, boots, skins, etc. These are available to rent at an additional fee from our partner shop Backcountry Experience
  • Personal clothing / gear: check out our recommended gear lists for Avalanche Courses and Hut Trips

 

 

ITINERARY

The AIARE Level 2 is delivered over the course of 3 days / 24 hours of instructional time, both classroom and field. 

DAY 1: The morning is spent reviewing, refreshing and building on material learned in the AIARE 1: mountain weather, the layered mountain snowpack, and trip planning. In the PM we will get into the field and do a full profile pit demo.   

DAY 2: Morning classroom focused on avalanche formation and release; interpreting weather data and snow surface conditions (near surface/near crust faceting & surface hoar), and discussing the factors that affect risk management in small groups. We’ll get out on the snow for a tour in the afternoon, with a focus on gathering/recording site-specific snowpack test field observations.   

DAY 3: This will be a full tour day, with a focus on student-led tour planning and decision-making. Each day of the course will begin and end with am/pm meetings/debriefs, where we will discuss how best to gather San Juan-specific data and stay informed throughout the season with relevant outside sources.

CLIENT:GUIDE RATIO

Up to 6:1 

Prerequisites

You should be in good physical condition, and confident on your method of snow travel (backcountry touring skis or splitboard). An AIARE Level 1 (or equivalent) and the AIARE Companion Rescue Course are prerequisite for anyone taking the Level 2 course.

Course 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.

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      WAIVER

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