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Course material and the use of avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel.

Does not include:
New AIARE Fieldbook and personal items on the Equipment List.

Operating under Special Use Permit, Tahoe National Forest.

AIARE Avalanche Level 1

AIARE Avalanche Level 2
Analyzing Snow Stability and Avalanche Hazard     4 Day

The AIARE Level 2 course is a 4-day program that provides backcountry leaders the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills. This course also includes the introductory and prerequisite components for the professional progression: the AIARE Level 3 certification.

The Level 2 builds from the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in the level one and adds to it the evaluation of factors critical to stability evaluation.

Please arrive to the course with the following required materials.

Cost: $595

Dec 16-19, 2016 (Fri-Mon)
Jan 7-10, 2017 (Sat-Tues)
Mar 10-13, 2017  (Fri-Mon)
Mar 27-30, 2017  (Mon-Thu)

Instructional Sessions (40 hours - Class & Field) include:
  • Level 1 Review
  • Energy balance, the mountain snowpack and metamorphism
  • Faceting; near surface and near crust faceting
  • Formation of surface hoar and persistent weak layers
  • Skier Triggering: theory and observations
  • International and national snow, weather and avalanche observation and recording guidelines (SWAG).
    - Weather; interpreting forecasts, recording and observation techniques
    - Snow profile techniques and bonding tests
    - Avalanche observations and recording techniques
  • Stability analysis checklist: reviewing critical factors
    - Stability ratings
    - Daily stability forecasts and analysis
  • Trip Planning and hazard forecasting for avalanche terrain.
    - The avalanche danger ratings
    - Terrain analysis using maps/photos
    - Forecasting stability and variability
  • Terrain selection and route finding
    - Group management and hazard management
    - Decision making
    - Human factors
  • Information gathering
    - Site selection and relevancy
    - Spatial variability
    - Slope tests
  • Companion Rescue
    - Level 1 techniques review
    - Multiple burial
    - Shovel techniques
Student Prerequisites: Students must have the ability to travel with skis or spiltboard in avalanche terrain. A prior AIARE Level 1 Course is a prerequisite. A prior AAA Level 1 is subject to review. A winter of practical experience after the Level 1 course is recommended before taking the Level 2 course.

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