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Sawtooth Mountain Guides AIARE Level 2 Course
February 19 - February 21
To reduce the risk of COVID transmission, SMG Avalanche Courses for the 2020-21 winter season will be primarily field-based (not a bad thing!). Participants should plan on a few hours of online learning before the course. During our brief time indoors, participants will be required to wear a mask and social distance.
The AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Course – Analyzing Snow Stability & Avalanche Hazard is for advanced backcountry skiers and riders, especially those who venture deeper into the backcountry or recreate in areas without a local avalanche bulletin.
The AIARE Level 2 was recently shortened to three days and re-designed specifically to meet the needs of advanced recreational students. Based on new guidelines from the American Avalanche Association, there are now separate tracks for recreational and professional avalanche education. You can read more about the split here. If you’ve been deterred in the past from taking a Level 2 because you felt it was a semi-professional course and/or too heavily focused on snow science, now is the time to sign up!
The AIARE Level 2 builds on the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in the AIARE Level 1 and adds to it the evaluation of critical hazard assessment factors. In the classroom, you will learn about mountain weather and key snowpack processes. During field tours you will learn critical snowpack and weather observation skills, advanced terrain management, and tour leadership techniques.
Our nationally recognized instructors and unmatched learning environment (i.e. incredible ski terrain!) will provide the best possible education experience during your AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Course. All instructors are AIARE Level 2 Course Instructors and AAA Professional Members, and our Course Leaders are highly recognized in the avalanche profession.
Prerequisites for this course include a previous Level 1 Course and having taken the new Avalanche Rescue Course since 2017. If you haven’t taken the Avalanche Rescue Course, there is one scheduled the day before this program and we are offering $25 off for Level 2 participants.