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Chile Hut Based Level 2: August 12-15, 2017

August 12, 2017 @ 8:00 am - August 15, 2017 @ 5:00 pm


This course covers all the information in a standard AIARE Level 2 Course, but uses a real backcountry ski hut in Chile for a classroom! Class sizes are smaller and more intimate in hut-based courses and you have the added advantage of being able to apply your new knowledge immediately as well as being able to completely immerse yourself in the course curriculum.  The AIARE Level II course is a 4-day program that provides backcountry leaders and aspiring snow professionals  the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills.  The Level II builds from the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in the level one and adds to it the evaluation of factors critical to stability evaluation.

Course Details

Course  runs Saturday through Tuesday, 8am to 5pm daily

  • Date: Saturday, August 12th- Tuesday, August 15th
  • Cost: $500 per person
  • Cost Includes: lodging, meals, AIARE Level 2 Course Manual, AIARE Waterproof Field Book, and AIARE Level 2 certificate upon successful completion of the course.
  • Not Included: Transportation to the Hut
  • Cancellation Policy:   A $35.00 fee is charged for course date transfers. 60% of the course cost can be refunded up to 30 days prior to the course start.  No refunds are provided for cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the start of the course for which you are registered.

Level II Course Objectives:

  • To improve the students avalanche hazard evaluation and personal forecasting capability.
  • Use and analyze snowpack and weather data.
  • Teach industry standard methods for weather and snowpack data collection and documentation. 
  • To practice route finding skills and applying forecasts to terrain. 
  • To gain more experience dealing with complex companion rescue.

Level II Curriculum

Tour Planning, Snowpack Metamorphism, Avalanche Mechanics, Observations: standards and recording, Forecasts, Mountain Weather, Route Finding, Stability Assessment, Decision Making, Group Management, Full and Test Pit Profiles, Rescue Leadership and Multiple Burial Scenarios.

Level II Field Sessions

Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoon and most of the day on Sunday will be spent traveling into the backcountry with an instructor to participate in experiential sessions that examine topics discussed in the classroom. Field sessions include: multiple burial companion rescue, route finding and safe travel, backcountry stability assessment, full and test pit profiles, fracture line profiles and a snow crystallography lab. These sessions will also be an opportunity for instructors to evaluate where students need continued study to best support their aspirations.

Course Facilities

We will use the hut (refugio) facilities of Los Paraguas 

Nico Palma Meyer, the owner of Rutas Australes runs the hut and the Paraguas hut and ski lift facilities.

Nico’s family take care of cooking and preparing Breakfasts, lunch sacks, and dinners.

Course Venue Photos

How to get to Los Paraguas?

Denver/Houston/San Francisco/Los Angeles/New York/Miami/Dallas/ to Santiago-Chile

From Santiago-Chile folks can fly (Sky Airlines or Lan Airlines), take a bus, or rent a car to Temuco. I recommend arranging for Nico to take care of transportation from Temuco to Los Paraguas. It should be easy to coordinate to have the US folks transported to Malalcahuello so that they can ski Corralco Ski Resort  and access their VERY extensive backcountry skiing terrain.

Preguntas? Email: sus.sas.sudamerica@gmail.com

US questions: info@avyschool.org

SAS will help with transportation logistics.

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August 12, 2017 @ 8:00 am
August 15, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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Los Paraguas
S-31, 4880000
Vilcún, Chile
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