The AIARE Level 2 has been redesigned to meet the needs of advanced recreational backcountry users that have previously taken both the AIARE Level 1 and the AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course.
The AIARE Level 2 is a 3-Day / 24-hour course that provides backcountry travelers an opportunity to advance their decision making skills in more complicated situations such as being the group leader, developing a travel plan in areas without an avalanche forecast, or travel into more complicated terrain.
The AIARE Level 2 course builds from the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in the AIARE level 1 and adds to it the evaluation of factors critical to stability evaluation.
The classroom sections of the course are based in Leavenworth, WA and we use a variety of field locations giving us the ability to observe a variety of snowpacks at various elevations. During the winter 20-21 programs we will use online lectures if meeting in class, inside, is not practical for covid considerations. Most of the training takes place in the backcountry and requires participants to be able to move efficiently in a backcountry environment. AT skis or a split board with skins are your best choice for backcountry travel.
- 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.
- Advanced snow stability analysis
- Avalanche forecasting
- How to observe and record weather, snowpack, and avalanche activity
- Detailed analysis and recognition of avalanche terrain
- Faceting; near surface and near crust faceting
- Formation of surface hoar and persistent weak layers
- Standard Observation guidelines and recording formats for factors that influence or indicate snow stability.
- How to make a snow stability analysis
- Using a forecasting framework
- Increasing your understanding of avalanche release and triggering mechanisms
- Information gathering including: site selection and relevancy, spatial variability, and slope tests
AIARE L1 and the AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course to participate in this program. We will be offering the Avalanche Rescue Course the day before each scheduled AIARE L2 in order to send you into the course with current rescue skills. If you prefer you can take the Avalanche Rescue Course on one of the other dates offered in advance of your course. Participants must be on an AT setup, Tele Setup, or split board. You should be able to skin uphill, and move efficiently in the backcountry as the course involves a decent amount of backcountry travel.
view the SWAG here and you can purchase the SWAG here. It is most important to have a basic snow study kit including: Snow thermometer (Celcius required, digital is nice), a Loupe or magnifying glass (10x to 20x magnification), 2 mechanical pencils, and a Crystal screen. We will give you a field book for recording data that includes useful cheat sheets to remind you of the most commonly used items from the SWAG manual published by the US Forest Service. Other items that are not required, but that you might consider include: a compass, altimeter, inclinometer, snow saw, and rutschblock cord. If working as a professional you will already own most of these items. If not working as a professional you might consider bringing what you have to the course and then deciding what to buy at the end when you have had a chance to see all the latest and greatest gear during the course. Brooks Range Mountaineering is a good source for snow science materials.
Sleeping Lady Retreat and Conference Center
Run of the River Inn
Howard Johnson Inn - Leavenworth
AIARE Level 2 Pre-Course Quiz.