AIARE 2 Avalanche Course

The AIARE 2 builds on your experience as a backcountry traveler. You will learn tools to apply The AIARE Framework, the repeatable process you learned in an AIARE 1, to new situations and to self-direct your learning after the course. You will learn more skills to connect weather, snowpack and avalanche processes, and identify how these processes relate to observations and travel within avalanche terrain. This can enable you to act as a leader within a small travel group and to identify and target reducing uncertainty about the terrain or conditions.


There will be 8 hours of self-paced pre-course on-line curriculum that students must complete prior to their course along with 2 full days of outdoor field instruction.  AIARE Online Course curriculum, AIARE Field Book, and AIARE Student Manual included in course price.


Who Should Take this Course


The AIARE 2 provides backcountry leaders the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision-making skills. The prerequisites for this course are an AIARE 1, an Avalanche Rescue course, and a winter of practical experience after taking the AIARE 1.  Participants must have the ability to travel in avalanche terrain on backcountry skis or splitboard-no snowshoes are allowed on this course.


What You’ll Learn 


During an AIARE 2 course, you’ll spend time learning these skills: 

  • Differentiating where specific avalanche hazards exist within the landscape
  • Identifying avalanche terrain where consequences may be more severe
  • Using and interpreting weather, snow, and avalanche observations to make more specific terrain decisions
  • Leadership skills to use in a small team, including facilitating small group discussion, promoting appropriate terrain selection, and utilizing simple risk management strategies