The level 2 avalanche course is a 4-day program that builds on the level 1 curriculum, and advances the students knowledge of avalanche stability and decision making skills. This course is designed for aspiring guides, patrollers, and experienced backcountry recreationalists who are looking to learn the industry standards for recording and observing factors critical to stability evaluation. Student Learning Outcomes: • Advance understanding of avalanche terrain, particularly from the perspective of stability analysis. • Discuss how the snowpack develops and metamorphoses over time; and discuss the factors that contribute to spatial variability. • Learn standard observation guidelines and recording formats for factors that influence or indicate snow stability. • Advance understanding of avalanche release and triggering mechanisms. • Introduce a snow stability analysis and forecasting framework. • Improve companion rescue skills including multiple and deep burials.Our instructor pool includes internationally trained and certified mountain guides through the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA)/American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), and AIARE instructor trainings.
Course Curriculum:Day One:Welcome/introductionsAIARE level 1 reviewLikelihood – Consequence (PP)Transceiver function and range checkLunchBonding Tests (Compression, Shovel Shear, Shovel Tilt)Mountain Snowpack (PP)Day Two:Weather ObsQuizMaking Quality Obs (PP)Yellow Flags (PP)LunchTour coupled with full Data pitAvy Hazard Forecast RoseDay Three:Weather ObsStability Analysis Rating (PP)Avy Hazard Forecast RoseLunchTour with implementation of Stability AnalysisRescue SkillsField Tour Plan (PP) for Day 4Day Four:Snow metamorphism and the process of faceting (PP)Weather Obs and Avy Hazard Forecast RoseTour with minimal coaching (including “skier triggering theory”), implementation of course concepts and review of multiple burial search techniques.
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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