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AIARE Avalanche Recreation Level II Course

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The AIARE Level 2 is three full days of instruction that provides backcountry travelers an opportunity to advance their decision making skills with more complicated situations where they may be a leader within a small travel group, potentially traveling in more complicated terrain, and/or developing a travel plan where online resources are scarce and decisions need to be made from field observations.

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.

Dates and Locations

Wed. Feb 16th 6-9:30PM, Sat/Sun/Mon. Feb. 19-21, 2022

Location: Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, CO

This course is offered through our partners at Bondi Outdoor Leadership. For a $25 discount enter code Bondi-CCC$25

Backcountry Skills You'll Learn

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.

All course materials, beacon, shovel, probe, classroom, free parking, and great terrain close by are included


  • 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. AIARE or AAA approved one-day Avalanche Rescue Course Required.

During this course students will learn to:

  • 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.