Snow Pit Profile

AIARE 2 Avalanche Course

Analyzing Snow Stability and Avalanche Hazard

The AIARE Level 2 course is a 4-day program that provides backcountry leaders the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills. This course also includes the introductory and prerequisite components for the professional progression: the Level 3 certificate.

The Level 2 course builds from the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in the Level 1 course and adds to it the evaluation of factors critical to stability evaluation.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Advance understanding of avalanche terrain, particularly from the perspective of stability analysis.
  2. Discuss how the snowpack develops and metamorphoses over time; and discuss the factors that contribute to spatial variability.
  3. Learn standard observation guidelines and recording formats for factors that influence or indicate snow stability. SWAG MODULE.
  4. Advance understanding of avalanche release and triggering mechanisms.
  5. Introduce a snow stability analysis and forecasting framework.
  6. Improve companion rescue skills including multiple and deep burials.

Student Prerequisites

Students must have the ability to travel in avalanche terrain on skis or a splitboard. An AIARE Level 1 Course (strongly recommended) or equivalent training/experience is required. A winter of practical experience after the Level 1 course is recommended before taking the Level 2 course.

Central Oregon, Mount Hood, Three Sisters

$520 per person

Trip Length: 
4 days
Trip Dates: 
February 17-20, 2017 (Bend area)
February 12-15, 2017 (Mt Hood Area) (Currently Full)
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