AIARE Avalanche Level 2 Class

Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides’ AIARE Level 2 Course

  • Three full days or 27 hours of instruction (including both class and field time), with some pre-class prep.
  • Goal: Advance understanding of avalanche terrain, particularly from the perspective of stability analysis.
  • Discuss how the snowpack develops and metamorphoses over time; and discuss the factors that contribute to spatial variability.
  • Learn standard observation guidelines and recording formats for factors that influence or indicate snow stability. SWAG MODULE.
  • Advance understanding of avalanche release and triggering mechanisms.
  • Introduce a snow stability analysis and forecasting framework.

The course operates with a minimum of six participants and a maximum of 12.  The AIARE Level 2 Course Leader(s) will be Joshua Baruch or John MacKinnon. The number of AIARE Instructors will be based on the number of participants, with a maximum six-to-one ratio of students to instructor.

Dates and Times: Indoor classes are held Friday – Sunday. We will meet at 8:00 am on the first day at our Boulder headquarters (6560 Odell Pl #D, Boulder, CO 80301). Field days, which are either in Rocky Mountain National Park or Roosevelt National Forest, will meet from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm after the first day.

Dates: March 13-15 (Fri, Sat, Sun), 2020

Others to be added – check back in late October 2019

Rate: $545 per participant. SPECIAL OFFER: Refer a friend who also registers for the same course and receive one $25 credit.  Due to high demand, any changes after registration will incur a $50 change fee.  **There are no refunds or make-ups for missed days.**

Note: We will offer an AIARE Avalanche Rescue 1-day course (March 12 – Thursday or March 6 – Friday) prior to this Level 2 course. This day has an additional charge. AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a prerequisite for AIARE Level 2.

Included in our rates: All instruction and AIARE course materials (Student Manual and weatherproof AIARE field book) for AIARE Level 2 course. AIARE Certified Course Leader and Instructors. Use of BCA beacon, shovel, and probe if needed. AIARE certificate of completion. Course materials will be provided the first day of class.

Not included in our rates: Transportation, meals, or personal gear.  *** The first 10 people to register for each course will receive free use of a beacon, shovel, and probe during the course.***

A gear list will be sent upon confirmation of course registration. We’re happy to help arrange for personal gear if you do not have it. You may purchase a BCA slope meter from us for $20 at the time of registration or $25 during the course.

Instructors: Joshua Baruch (Course Lead) and Instructors TBA.