AIARE Avy 2 Hut Course participant skiing deep snow in the backcountry

AIARE Avalanche 2 Hut Course

  • Duration 3 Days
  • Avalanche Courses

Refine and build on your avalanche education in our hut based avalanche 2 course

Must have completed an AIARE Companion Rescue and AIARE Avy 1 Course to be eligible to participate in the AIARE Avy 2 Hut Course. 

The AIARE Avalanche 2 Hut Course is designed to build on the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in the AIARE 1 and adds evaluation of critical hazard assessment factors to the curriculum. 

You will learn how to describe and discuss weather, snowpack, and the avalanche processes. Going into even further detail we will discuss how these processes relate to observations and travel within avalanche terrain. Based out of the Addie S hut on Red Mountain Pass, you will  spend day and night with your peers and instructors building on your foundation of avalanche education. 

In a hut format you spend more time skiing, more time learning from and observing your instructors, and more time in the mountains—all with lodging and food included. When you take your level two with San Juan Expeditions you will get hands-on experience analyzing the avalanche hazard and using your observations to make decisions in the field. We are committed to providing both tools for understanding the avalanche problem and the terrain management skills you can only get from observing an experienced guide.

Our course leaders are both AIARE certified instructors and AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association) trained guides. So when you take one of our courses you know you will be under the mentorship of an experienced and qualified guide, not just an instructor.

This means you will not only learn about avalanche theory but you will apply what you have learned by going skiing/riding under the mentorship of an experienced guide.

Trip Details


3 Days, 2 Nights


Some skiing experience necessary

Maximum Guide Ratio



  • AIARE and AMGA trained/certified guide 
  • Federal land usage surcharge (USFS/BLM)
  • Avalanche rescue equipment (beacon, shovel, and probe)
  • AIARE field book & student fees
  • Lodging at the Addie S hut

Not Included

  • Personal skiing/riding equipment
  • Lunch/snack food 
  • Guide gratuity
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Breakfasts and Dinners can be added to your booking at checkout)

Course Schedule

The first morning of the course we will meet at the SJE office and will go over the itinerary for the next three days and meet your guides. All course information will be shared with you by your guides and instructors.

AIARE Avy 2 Hut course students in a classroom session learning about avalanche terrain