Professional Avalanche Training 2

This is the capstone course for Avalanche Professionals in the United States. You will learn how to supervise a team in avalanche terrain. This course drills down into the fundamentals of understanding and managing the avalanche hazard.  Students learn to supervise and lead teams through avalanche terrain, travel through terrain and learn how to analyze snow, avalanche and weather phenomena to the US Industry standard.  This is a rigorous, challenging and rewarding experience.

Upon successful completion of the course and a written test and field tests students are awarded certification recognized by the American Avalanche Association. The course is recognized by the American Mountain Guides Association. The course is 6 days in length and follows a webinar and field format. The majority of the classroom component will be held in a webinar format. 

THIS COURSE IS HELD IN SILVERTON CO. This is one of the best venues for a Pro 2 anywhere in the US. 


There will be up to 16 hours of online webinars prior to the field session.  Read about our COVID-19 Protocol here.


For more details on the Professional Program click here.  

Skills Learned:

  • Basic mapping of avalanche terrain
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of avalanche formation and release
  • Analyze, observe, forecast, and document the avalanche hazard and risk
  • Describe and contrast operational avalanche risk treatment techniques
  • Identify best practices for workers in avalanche terrain
  • Demonstrate effective leadership in a team
  • Write a professional technical report for external review

Marking and Evaluation: 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.

Course Requirements

Student Requirements for Enrollment (1 – 4 all required):

  1. Course applicants have completed the following AAA-recognized courses prior to enrollment:  
  • a. Pro 1 Certificate*
  • b. Avalanche Rescue Course*
  1. Work Experience:
  • a. A minimum of 40 days of operational experience over two winter seasons
  • b. Letter of Reference from a supervisor (AAA Pro Member recommended) verifying:
    • 40 days minimum work experience over two operating seasons (note, this can be in the same year if the worker has worked in both the northern and southern hemispheres). This includes participation as a team member, attending daily ops meetings, and participation in operational activities that requires avalanche risk management.
    • Avalanche rescue (companion) practices with team leader responsibility. The applicant has participated in multi-team organized avalanche rescue exercise(s).
    • The applicant is able to complete the tasks required of a route leader or ski guide.
  1. AAA Membership (Professional or Affiliate)
  2. Submit examples of the following professional documentation:
  • two profiles,
  • two operational meeting forms
  • two pages from two days of field observations

* Applicants who believe they have the educational equivalent of the above-listed prerequisites can apply to the AAA for a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) review.


  • Professional Level 1 avalanche course or equivalent professional experience
  • Minimum of one season between the Professional Level 1 & Level 2 used to apply the tools and strategies learned on a pro level 1.

Recommended Reading

  • The Avalanche Handbook (3rd Ed)
  • Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, Bruce Tremper
  • Snow, Weather and Avalanches: Observational Guidelines for Avalanche Programs in the United States (SWAG)
  • The Avalanche Review (AAA)

Course Details

Dates: February 1-4, 2021, There will be up to 16 hours of online webinars prior to the field session.  Read about our COVID-19 Protocol here. 

Cost: $2000

Students receive

  • a Course Manual along with relevant papers are provided
  • a rite in the rain field book that is used during the course
  • Snow Weather and Avalanches: Observational Guidelines for Avalanche Programs in the United States (SWAG 3rd edition). 

Course Length: Minimum six days or 55 hours

Student Instructor Ratio: 5:1

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 are closed (best arrive early if the weather forecast is big).