Hut Based Level 2: Analyzing Snow Stability and Avalanche Hazard
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.
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.
Introduction, Goals & Objectives
Formation and Nature of Avalanches
In the Field: Full Profile Demo
In the Classroom: Set up Snow Profile page
Weather Observations page
Avalanche Observations page
Factors that Affect / Indicate Snow Stability
In the Field studying Avalanche Terrain
Review Mountain Snowpack & Discuss Current Stability
Case History Exercise
Stability Analysis Process
Field Trip – Route Finding
Group Management, Developing Leadership & Decision-Making Skills
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
US questions: email@example.com
SAS will help with transportation logistics.