AIARE Avalanche Course Level 2 - Snoqualmie Pass

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. Students will describe and discuss weather, snowpack and avalanche processes, and identify how these processes relate to observations and travel within avalanche terrain.

$420.00
Difficulty rating and Skill requirements

Difficulty Rating System Explained

Overall Difficulty Level: Moderate

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

Fitness Level: Moderately Strenuous

  • Category: Ski
  • Type: Instructional
  • Ratio: 6:1,12:2

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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.


Prerequisites:


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.

Sign up for acourse or a trip and receive a 10% discount on purchases and a 20% discount on gear rental. Go to Pro Ski and Mountain ServicePro 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.


CLOTHING
BASE  LAYER
o 1 Bottom - midweight or lightweight
o 1 Top - midweight or lightweight
o  Sock Liners (if you use them)
o  Ski Socks
MID LAYER
o Windshirt, Soft Shell, Fleece - only one of these is necessary
OUTERWEAR
o Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Jacket
o Softshell 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
Skis, Splitboard or Snowshoes
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
 
 

What prior qualification do I need for the AIARE Level 2 Course? You should at least have taken the AIARE Level 1 Course or an Equivalent course. It is required that you have taken the single day AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course prior to the start of your AIARE Level 2. 


Should I tip my guide? And how much should I tip them? Although tipping is not a requirement it is considered standard practice in the guiding industry and is appreciated by our guides. We generally recommend roughly 10%-15% of your course or trip cost or flat price tip that you are comfortable with.