Hut-Based Recreational Level 2: Integrated Avalanche Rescue March 5th-8th, 2020


New for 2019/2020, the redesigned Recreational Level 2 is created specifically to meet the needs of advanced recreational students who have taken a Recreational Level 1. This course is now 4 days long and includes Rescue Fundamentals.

Course Details

Course runs 8am to 5pm daily

  • Date: Thursday, March 5th-March 8th 2020
  • Venue:  Silverton/Yurts on Red Mountain Pass
  • Cost: $850 per person
  • Cost Includes: 3 nights of accommodation in yurts on Red Mountain Pass. AIARE Level 2 Course Manual, AIARE Waterproof Field Book, and AIARE Level 2 certificate upon successful completion of the course. 
  • Not Included: Food, Transportation.
  • 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. Unfortunately we cannot give refunds, rainchecks or cancellations if passes into Wolf Creek are closed.

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Hut-Based Recreational Level 2: Integrated Avalanche Rescue March 5th-8th, 2020

The AIARE Recreational 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 will be dedicated to Avalanche Rescue. Friday, 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.