The Professional 2 Avalanche Course (Pro 2) is the capstone course for professional avalanche workers in the United States. The course is designed for developing and seasoned avalanche professionals with several seasons of applied professional experience who are looking to develop knowledge, skills and abilities to prepare them for leadership roles within their operation.
The Pro 2 represents best practices for operational development and leadership within the US avalanche industry. The course is a mix of pre course work, intensive collaborative classroom work and intensive field work. Instructors function both as teachers and mentors during the course.
The course is graded, using a written exam, course projects and field work. A score of 70% total marks are required to pass the course. Specific categories requiring a “categorical pass” of 70% to pass the course include: Technical Skills and Knowledge, Avalanche Hazard and Risk Assessment, and the Written Exam.
This course is a rigorous experience both in the field and in the classroom.
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Silverton is the place to learn about avalanches and how to avoid them. At 9,318 feet, the town located in the heart of the San Juan Mountains, 50 miles north of Durango, Colorado. Silverton is surrounded by the best backcountry terrain in Colorado and numerous avalanche paths — a natural avalanche laboratory — providing students with an active and accessible classroom. Silverton has been a hub for snow science research, forecasting
Our courses are taught by internationally recognized members of the American Avalanche Association (A3), AIARE, and the Canadian Avalanche Association. Our instructors include avalanche forecasters, snow scientists, ski patrol, heli guides, mountain rescue specialists and IFMGA mountain guides. All have gone through a rigorous training and education process and bring both practical and theory to the the table. We take an evidence based approach to avalanche education and you will find the most up to date information in our courses. We empower students with knowledge and experience so they can venture into the backcountry safely and confidently on their own. We used the latest best practices and snow science in forming our curriculum.
We use the Pro 2 Proficiencies and Guidelines document as the industry standard guidelines for student evaluation.
Mapping avalanche terrain
Producing an avalanche forecast
Knowledge of avalanche formation and release
Operational risk management
Team leadership in high risk environments
Analyzing snow weather and avalanche data gathered from professionals and the general public
Analyzing snow, avalanche and weather patterns on multiple scales in time and space
Written professional communication in the form of a technical report and presentation