The level 2 course is a 3-day program that 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.
Building on previous knowledge and experience, the Level 2 expands from the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in the Level 1 course and adds in the evaluation of factors, critical to stability assessment.
Because the objective of the AIARE 2 is also to learn how to manage uncertainty in avalanche terrain, this course is for those who have completed an AIARE 1, Avalanche Rescue, and have had at least one year of backcountry travel experience. Therefore, the AIARE 2 provides more opportunities for coached application of the AIARE Framework to new terrain and conditions. So, this enables participants to apply the AIARE Framework to new situations and contexts such as traveling in a new region, expanded understanding of information from an avalanche center, and will help with working with local experts such as a ski patrol or guide service.
This course is ideal for those wanting to expand their skills for management of risk in avalanche terrain. The AIARE 2 provides backcountry leaders the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills.
Participants must have the ability to travel in avalanche terrain on backcountry skis or splitboard. An AIARE 1 Course (strongly recommended) or equivalent Level 1 training is required as well as the AIARE Avalanche Rescue course. Also, a winter of practical experience after the Level 1 course is required before taking the AIARE 2 course.
There will be some pre-course homework as there is much to cover in this course. We are looking forward to working with you!