AIARE Level 2

Who should take this course: AIARE 2 is a three-day course for those who have taken an AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue and have had at least a year of backcountry travel experience. The AIARE 2 provides backcountry leaders the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills.

Course Description: AIARE 2 is a three-day/24-hour course that provides backcountry travelers an opportunity to advance their decision making skills in more complicated situations such as being a leader within a small travel group, traveling in more complicated terrain, and/or developing a travel plan where online resources are scarce.

The AIARE 2 builds on the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in the AIARE 1 and adds to it the evaluation of critical hazard assessment factors. Students will describe and discuss weather, snowpack and avalanche processes, and identify how these processes relate to observations and travel within avalanche terrain.

At the end of the AIARE 2 course the student should be able to:

  • Differentiate where specific avalanche hazards exist within the landscape and identify avalanche terrain where consequences may be more severe.
  • Use and interpret weather, snow, and avalanche observations to locate appropriate terrain prior to entering and while in the field.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills within a small team that include facilitating small group discussion, promoting appropriate terrain selection, and utilizing simple risk management strategies.
  • Implement a basic forecasting framework that can be used in conjunction with and in the absences of local supporting avalanche information.

Skis or splitboard and proficiency skiing or snowboarding is required.  Snowshoes are not appropriate for this hut based trip.

Visit AIARE’s website here.

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 and Avalanche Rescue as a prerequisite for the Pro 1 course.
  • AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue have no prerequisites and either can be taken first or without the other.

2020 course dates: 

  • February 20-23


  • Colorado Springs classroom
  • Monarch Pass field days

Monarch Pass, Colorado Springs, $545 

  • February 20-23

Itinerary:  4-Days (24 hours). Thursday and Friday evening classroom, 5:30-9pm at Colorado College,  Saturday and Sunday field and classroom on Monarch Pass 8am-5pm (option Saturday night lodging available near Monarch Pass at the Monarch Lodge).

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 or snowshoes. 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 of this course, full payment is required at time of registration. AIARE courses are refundable 30 day from course start, after which refunds will be issued only if we fill your spot.

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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