Avalanche Course AIARE Level 2 - Snoqualmie Pass

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 skiers who are looking to learn the industry standards for recording and observing factors critical to stability evaluation.

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$480.00
Difficulty rating and Skill requirements

Difficulty Rating System

Overall Difficulty Level: Moderate

Skills Required: Solid intermediate skiing skills or snowshoeing skills. AIARE Level 1 or equivalent highly recommended

Fitness Level: Moderately Strenuous

  • Category: Ski
  • Type: Instructional
  • Ratio: 5:1,10:2

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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/introductions
AIARE level 1 review
Likelihood – Consequence (PP)
Transceiver function and range check
Lunch
Bonding Tests (Compression, Shovel Shear, Shovel Tilt)
Mountain Snowpack (PP)
Day Two:
Weather Obs
Quiz
Making Quality Obs (PP)
Yellow Flags (PP)
Lunch
Tour coupled with full Data pit
Avy Hazard Forecast Rose
Day Three:
Weather Obs
Stability Analysis Rating (PP)
Avy Hazard Forecast Rose
Lunch
Tour with implementation of Stability Analysis
Rescue Skills
Field Tour Plan (PP) for Day 4
Day Four:
Snow metamorphism and the process of faceting (PP)
Weather Obs and Avy Hazard Forecast Rose
Tour with minimal coaching (including “skier triggering theory”), implementation of course concepts and review of multiple burial search techniques.
 

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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  LAYER
o            1 Bottom - midweight or lightweight
o            1 Top - midweight or lightweight
o            Sock Liners
o            Ski Socks
•            MID LAYER
o            Windshirt, Soft Shell, Fleece - only one of these is necessary
•            OUTERWEAR
o            Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Jacket
o            Schoeller™  Type Pants
o            Warm Hat - should cover ears
o            Sun Hat - baseball type or visor
o            Lightweight Gloves
o            Ski Gloves
PERSONAL GEAR
o            Day Pack – 25 to 40 Liters
o            Water Bottles - 1 or 2 liters, wide mouth, hydration system
o            Lunch and Snacks - appropriate for a full day
o            Sunglasses - adequate for snow travel
o            Goggles
o            Sunscreen - SPF >25, waterproof
o            Lip Balm - SPF 15+
SKI GEAR
o            Skis
o            Ski Boots
o            Ski Poles
o            Climbing Skins
o            Ski Crampons - THESE ARE REQUIRED!
o            Ski Brakes
SAFETY GEAR
o            Transceiver - single frequency,  457 kHz only
o            Shovel - compact, lightweight, metal blade preferred
o            Probe - dedicated probe only, ski poles do not suffice
SNOW STUDY ITEMS
o            Snow Saw - longer saws are better for stability tests
o            Basic Snow Study Kit - dial stem thermometer(s), crystal card, loupe, ruler
o            Notebook and Writing Utensil
OPTIONAL ITEMS *We highly recommend these items, but do not require them to participate.
o            Down or Synthetic Jacket
o            Winter Snow Boots - Sorel type
o            Thermos - vacuum type
o            Compass - adjustable declination a must
o            Altimeter - Suunto watch works well
o            Map Case - large zip-loc will suffice
o            Maps - contact guiding office for appropriate quadrangles
GROUP GEAR PROVIDED BY PGS  
o            Technical Group Gear, VHF radio
o            Group 1st Aid Kit