The AIARE 2 course builds on your experience as a backcountry traveler. You will learn tools to apply the AIARE Framework, the repeatable process you learned in an AIARE 1, to new situations and to self-direct your learning after the course. You will learn more skills to connect weather, snowpack and avalanche processes, and identify how these processes relate to observations and travel within avalanche terrain. This can enable you to act as a leader within a small travel group and to identify and target reducing uncertainty about the terrain or conditions. We offer this course with field days at Snoqualmie Pass or Crystal Mountain. Please scroll down to the Trip Information section to see the specific configuration for each course (including dates, mode of travel, day of week for classroom and field days, location, and in person versus Zoom classroom options).
AIARE 2 builds on your experience as a backcountry traveler. You will learn tools to apply The AIARE Framework, the repeatable process you learned in an AIARE 1, to new situations and to self-direct your learning after the course. You will learn more skills to connect weather, snowpack and avalanche processes, and identify how these processes relate to observations and travel within avalanche terrain. This can enable you to act as a leader within a small travel group and to identify and target reducing uncertainty about the terrain or conditions.
Why Take Your AIARE 2 with Us?
Our guides have some of the highest quality training and certification in the industry, and you can be sure that we have the permits, licenses and insurance for every location we operate in. Our instructors have completed (at least) an AIARE Instructor Training Course and are members of the American Avalanche Association, and many of them are AMGA-certified guides, Wilderness First Responders, EMTs, and/or Leave No Trace educators. You always get a safe, high-quality trip or learning environment with us. You will travel and learn from experts. We've pioneered several alpine climbing routes, ski descents, and traverses and we've written books on backcountry skills and routes.
Who Should Take this Course?
AIARE 2 provides backcountry leaders the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision-making skills. The prerequisites for this course are AIARE 1, an Avalanche Rescue course, and a winter of practical experience after taking AIARE 1.
The minimum requirement for all AIARE courses is a strong upper intermediate skiing or snowboarding ability in all types of terrain and conditions. The backcountry terrain on Snoqualmie Pass is challenging for splitboarders and the skill level has to be a bit higher still than for skiers. This means you are comfortable in ungroomed conditions in all types of snow (heavy, wet snow, powder, ice, breakable crust, etc). You should be able to make controlled turns in difficult, steep and tight terrain with any of the above mentioned snow conditions. It doesn't have to be pretty, but it should not cause stress. It is important to have had at least some practice with your touring equipment before taking this course. Again, this is not for the new or novice downhill skier or snowboarder; you should feel pretty dialed to ride anything downhill in your touring equipment and while carrying a pack.
What You’ll Learn
During an AIARE 2 course, you’ll spend time learning these skills, both in a classroom setting and in the field:
Course Dates/Times. Please note the order of classroom and field days could change due to weather/snow/road conditions for the 3 consecutive day courses; plan to be available to potentially go into the field on a scheduled classroom day.
|2022-2023 Dates||Location||Schedule||Classroom Type||Mode of Travel|
|Dec 13-18||Snoqualmie||Tu/Th Evening Classroom; Sa/Su Field||Zoom||Ski, Splitboard, or Snowshoe|
|Jan 6-8||Snoqualmie||Fri Classroom; Sat/Sun Field||Zoom||Ski, Splitboard, or Snowshoe|
|Jan 27-29||Snoqualmie||Fri Classroom; Sat/Sun Field||Zoom||Ski, Splitboard, or Snowshoe|
|Feb 18-20||Snoqualmie||Sat Classroom; Sun/Mon Field||In person||Ski, Splitboard, or Snowshoe|
|March 3-5||Crystal||Sat Classroom; Sun/Mon Field||Zoom||Ski, Splitboard, or Snowshoe|
Please note that you will only see the start date for the course when you are booking. If the date shows 0 open spots, the course is sold out and you may opt to join the waitlist for that course. You may join as many waitlists as you like.
Overall Difficulty Level: Moderate
Skills Required: Solid intermediate skiing skills or snowshoeing skills.
Fitness Level: Moderately Strenuous
AIARE 2 Sample Course Curriculum
Day 1 - Classroom
Online/Zoom: usually 9:00-11:00am and 1:00-3:00pm OR two evening sessions 6:00-8:00pm
In Person: usually 8-4 full day (with lunch break)
Day 2 - 1st Field Day (8:00am to 4:00pm)
Day 3 - 2nd Field Day (8:00am to 4:00pm)
Snow Travel Gear
Snow Study Equipment (required for AIARE Level 2 ONLY)
The prerequisites for this course are an AIARE 1 course, an Avalanche Rescue course, and a winter of practical experience after taking the AIARE 1.
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 a flat amount that you are comfortable with.