Chile Hut Based Level 2

Chile 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.

Sample Itinerary

Introduction, Goals & Objectives
Formation and Nature of Avalanches
Mountain Snowpack
In the Field: Full Profile Demo
In the Classroom: Set up Snow Profile

Weather Observations
Factors that Affect / Indicate Snow Stability
Avalanche Terrain
Field Observations
Test Profile

In the Field studying Avalanche Terrain
Test Profile
Field Observations
Review Mountain Snowpack & Discuss Current Stability
Case History Exercise

Stability Analysis Process
Field Trip – Route Finding
Group Management, Developing Leadership & Decision-Making Skills

Course Details

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

Dates: Saturday, August 12th – Tuesday, August 15th 2017

Cost: $500 per person

Cost Includes: lodging, all 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

Venue: Los Paraguas  Chile

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.

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About the Hut

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.

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US questions:

SAS will help with transportation logistics.

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