Recreational Level 2

The Recreational Level 2 is tailored specifically to meet the needs of advanced recreational students who have taken a Recreational Level 1 Course.

Not all avalanche education is created equal and nothing exemplifies this greater than Silverton Avalanche School’s Recreational Level 2. This Rec. Level 2 meets and exceeds the national standards. Created to meet the needs of advanced, backcountry users and meticulously refined based upon our alumni’s feedback, this capstone experience represents the pinnacle of training for recreationalists in the United States.

This intensive, THREE DAY course immerses participants in the mountains, includes ample field time and will push students to new levels of excellence. Building upon key concepts introduced in the Recreational Level 1 course, SAS’s Integrated Level Two course has been designed to foster greater competence and cultivate increased confidence in backcountry travelers.


Students will live and learn together, traveling into complex terrain daily and returning each evening to shared front country accommodations in Silverton. 3 nights of accommodation in Silverton at a shared house is included in the price of the town based Rec. Level 2. Think hut style living in which each student has a bed but in town. 

Who Should Take this Course

The Rec. Level 2 is a four-day course for those who have taken a Rec. Level 1 and have had at least a year of backcountry travel experience. The Rec. Level 2 provides backcountry leaders the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills as well as incorporate Avalanche Rescue fundamentals in the same week.


Participants must have the ability to travel in avalanche terrain. A Rec. Level 1 Course or equivalent Level 1 training and Avalanche Rescue Course is required. A winter of practical experience after the Level 1 course is required before taking the Rec. Level 2 course.   

Course Details

Course Dates

1/16-1/18 – Silverton

2/13-2/15 – Silverton

3/12-3/14 – Silverton SPLITBOARD

Course runs 3 days, 8am to 5pm daily.

Cost: $550 town based courses

All Courses Include: Level 2 Course Manual, Waterproof Field Book, and Level 2 certificate upon successful completion of the course.
Hut-Based Costs Include: Due to COVID-19, we will not be hosting Hut-Based courses for the 2020/2021 course season. 
Town Based Courses: Lodging, Food, and Transportation is not included. Students will need to book their own accommodations.

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, rain checks or cancellations if passes are closed (best arrive early if the weather forecast is big)

Recommend Reading: Students receive the Snow, Weather and Avalanches: Observation Guidelines for Avalanche Programs in the United States 2010 edition AAA, USFS. as a part of the course. Students use the Level II Course Manual and an  field book for the course.   We also recommend that students read the Avalanche Handbook (3rd edition) prior to the course. A Level II Course Certificate is provided at the end of the course.