The AIARE 2 is a three-day/24-hour course that provides backcountry travelers an opportunity to advance their decision making skills in more complicated situations such as being a leader within a small travel group, traveling in more complicated terrain, and/or developing a travel plan where online resources are scarce.
The AIARE 2 builds on the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in the AIARE 1 and adds to it the evaluation of critical hazard assessment factors. Students will describe and discuss weather, snowpack and avalanche processes, and identify how these processes relate to observations and travel within avalanche terrain.
Student learning outcomes
- Differentiate where specific avalanche hazards exist within the landscape and identify avalanche terrain where consequences may be more severe.
- Use and interpret weather, snow, and avalanche observations to locate appropriate terrain prior to entering and while in the field.
- Demonstrate leadership skills within a small team that include facilitating small group discussion, promoting appropriate terrain selection, and utilizing simple risk management strategies.
- Implement a basic forecasting framework that can be used in conjunction with and in the absences of local supporting avalanche information.
Who Should Take this Course
The AIARE 2 is a three-day course for those who have taken an AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue and have had at least a year of backcountry travel experience. The AIARE 2 provides backcountry leaders the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills.
Participants must have the ability to travel in avalanche terrain. An AIARE 1 Course (strongly recommended) or equivalent Level 1 training is required. A winter of practical experience after the Level 1 course is required before taking the AIARE 2 course. You must have also completed the AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course.
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Pro Ski and Mountain Service is our retail specialty store. It has been located in North Bend, WA since 1999. The past trips and courses have had a large influence on what we sell. Many of our Pro Guiding customers come on trips and courses with gear they purchased from our store. Not only do we want our clients to have the right gear for the job; we also receive direct feedback from them while they are using it in the field. Trust us - if the gear does not work - we won't sell it.
EQUIPMENT LIST AND FAQ’s WHAT PRIOR QUALIFICATIONS DO I NEED TO FOR THE LEVEL 2 COURSE?YOU SHOULD AT LEAST HAVE TAKEN THE AIARE LEVEL 1 COURSE OR AN EQUIVALENT COURSE.DOES THIS COURSE HELP ME IN MY DECISION MAKING PROCESS AS A RECREATIONAL BC SKIER?ULTIMATELY IT ALL ADDS UP TO BETTER DECISION MAKING, BU THE COURSE IS DESIGNED TO GO INTO MORE DETAIL ON A RECORDING AND SCIENCE LEVEL. IT WILL CERTAINLY INCREASE YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE WINTER SNOWPACK, BUT THE OVERARCHING THEME OF THE COURSE IS GEARED TOWARDS SKI AND MOUNTAIN PROFESSIONALS. CLOTHING• BASE LAYERo 1 Bottom - midweight or lightweighto 1 Top - midweight or lightweighto Sock Linerso Ski Socks• MID LAYERo Windshirt, Soft Shell, Fleece - only one of these is necessary• OUTERWEARo Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Jacketo Schoeller™ Type Pantso Warm Hat - should cover earso Sun Hat - baseball type or visoro Lightweight Gloveso Ski GlovesPERSONAL GEARo Day Pack – 25 to 40 Literso Water Bottles - 1 or 2 liters, wide mouth, hydration systemo Lunch and Snacks - appropriate for a full dayo Sunglasses - adequate for snow travelo Goggleso Sunscreen - SPF >25, waterproofo Lip Balm - SPF 15+SKI GEARo Skiso Ski Bootso Ski Poleso Climbing Skinso Ski Crampons - THESE ARE REQUIRED!o Ski BrakesSAFETY GEARo Transceiver - single frequency, 457 kHz onlyo Shovel - compact, lightweight, metal blade preferredo Probe - dedicated probe only, ski poles do not sufficeSNOW STUDY ITEMSo Snow Saw - longer saws are better for stability testso Basic Snow Study Kit - dial stem thermometer(s), crystal card, loupe, rulero Notebook and Writing UtensilOPTIONAL ITEMS *We highly recommend these items, but do not require them to participate.o Down or Synthetic Jacketo Winter Snow Boots - Sorel typeo Thermos - vacuum typeo Compass - adjustable declination a musto Altimeter - Suunto watch works wello Map Case - large zip-loc will sufficeo Maps - contact guiding office for appropriate quadranglesGROUP GEAR PROVIDED BY PGS o Technical Group Gear, VHF radioo Group 1st Aid Kit