AIARE Avalanche Safety Level 2

Avalanche Course

Course Description

The AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Safety Course is a 4-day course designed to build and expand upon the foundations of avalanche safety taught in the Level I curriculum by introducing snow metamorphism, guidelines and recording standards for weather, snowpack and avalanches, testing techniques and data interpretation.

Students can expect the following topics to be presented during the course:

  • Snow Metamorphism and Weather Effects on Snow
  • Surface Hoar Formation
  • Slab Mechanics
  • Stability Testing
  • Observation Guidelines
  • Recording Standards
  • Stability Analysis

Course Itinerary

Introduction, Goals & Objectives
Formation and Nature of Avalanches
Mountain Snowpack
In the Field: Full Profile Demo
In the Classroom: Set up Snow Profile page
Weather Observations page
Avalanche Observations page

Weather Observations
Factors that Affect / Indicate Snow Stability
Avalanche Terrain
Field Observations
Test Profile

In the Field studying Avalanche Terrain
Test Profile
Field Observations
Review Mountain Snowpack & Discuss Current Stability
Case History Exercise

Stability Analysis Process
Field Trip – Route Finding
Group Management, Developing Leadership & Decision-Making Skills