Level 2

Course Description: The 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? All of our courses are lead by AMGA Certified Ski Guides. We have smaller classes with 12 students maximum and 2 instructors. All students will get time in the field with both instructors to maximize learning.  Smaller courses also make the classroom and zoom session more intimate and allow for more discussion.

Who Should Take this Course: The AIARE 2 provides backcountry leaders the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision-making skills. The prerequisites for this course are an AIARE 1, an Avalanche Rescue course, and a winter of practical experience after taking the AIARE 1.

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: 

  • Differentiating where specific avalanche hazards exist within the landscape
  • Identifying avalanche terrain where consequences may be more severe
  • Using and interpreting weather, snow, and avalanche observations to make more specific terrain decisions
  • Leadership skills to use in a small team, including facilitating small group discussion, promoting appropriate terrain selection, and utilizing simple risk management strategies

Skis or splitboards and proficiency skiing or snowboarding is required.  Snowshoes are not appropriate for this course.

Visit AIARE’s website here.

Monarch Pass, Colorado Springs, $595 

Included:  AIARE Field Book, Student Resources, use of Ortovox transceiver, probe, and shovel.

Not Included: Transportation, accommodations, food, and guide gratuity.

Required gear: Alpine Touring Ski/Splitboard setup. Full winter backcountry gear. See our gear list on this page.

Prerequisites: Completion of AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue. Students must be proficient skiers or split-boarders for travel. Skiing/snowboarding black runs at the resort is a must.

Due to the high interest in this course, full payment is required at time of registration. AIARE courses are refundable 30 days from course start less a 10% administrative fee.

Winter 2021/22 public course dates:


  • Self-paced learning via Google Classroom/Zoom Sessions
  • Monarch Pass Field Days
  • We recommend lodging in Salida or at Monarch Lodge on Highway 50.

Want more education?

  • Recreational backcountry travelers will need to take the AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue as a prerequisite for the AIARE 2 Rec course.
  • Aspiring professionals will need to take the AIARE 1 Rec and Avalanche Rescue as a prerequisite for the Pro 1 course. For those without the mentorship of a ski patrol or working at a guide service or similar, we recommend students take AIARE 2 Rec prior to Pro 1.
  • AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue have no prerequisites and either can be taken first or without the other.

Pikes Peak Alpine School operates under special use permits from the USDA Forest Service, Pike National Forest and is an equal opportunity service provider & employer

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