Do you want to improve your avalanche education, develop mountaineering skills and ride bigger terrain? We’ve got the course for you. The AIARE II ‘Big Mountain’ is a unique course that combines an AIARE Rec Level 2 with an added day and a focus on riding bigger terrain and the tools to do it with greater confidence. We will focus on appropriate rope work for the advanced skier/ski mountaineer, as well as advanced tour planning and decision-making. AIARE Level 1 and Ski resume will be required to sign up.
The AIARE Rec 2 avalanche course provides avid backcountry users and leaders the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills. The AIARE Rec Level 2 Avalanche Course develops an understanding of snowpack formation and metamorphism. Observation guidelines and recording standards for factors that influence and indicate snowpack stability are presented. Avalanche formation and release are discussed. A stability analysis and forecasting process is introduced. (Colorado Avalanche Information Center) Students will come away from the course with the following information:
This course is designed for those who have an interest in expanding their knowledge and understanding of snow stability and snow stability factors. It is ideal for snow safety and guiding professionals, people interested in these and related careers, and recreational practitioners and group leaders who are looking for advanced knowledge and skills.
Prerequisites: Students must have the ability to travel in avalanche terrain. An AIARE Level 1 Course or equivalent training/experience is required. Practical experience after the Level 1 course is recommended.