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 course 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 course builds on the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in AIARE 1, adding the evaluation of critical hazard assessment factors to the model. 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 absence of local supporting avalanche information

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

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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 2021-2022 course dates: 

    • Evening Zoom Sessions Wednesday/Thursday February 16-17 and Field Sessions Saturday/Sunday February 19-20
    • Evening Zoom Sessions Wednesday/Thursday March 16-17 and Field Sessions Saturday/Sunday March 19-20


  • 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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