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AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Course from White Pine Touring in Park City, UT.

AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Course

$795.00 per person



After completing your AIARE 1 avalanche course and getting some experience in the backcountry and in avalanche terrain, an AIARE 2 course helps you hone your skills and further develop your snow science and route-finding knowledge, along with advanced rescue techniques. Taught over four days, this class dives into the ins and outs of snow stability, standard observation guidelines using SWAG, and avalanche triggering and release mechanisms. Ideal for those looking to further their avalanche knowledge and for aspiring backcountry guides and ski patrollers.

For more information call White Pine Touring at 435-649-8710 or email us at shouse@whitepinetouring.com.

Dates & Times:

  • January 12th 8am-6pm
  • January 13th 8am-6pm
  • January 14th 8am-6pm
  • January 15th 8am-6pm


$795 per person (includes rental equipment)

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Advanced understanding of avalanche terrain, particularly from the perspective of stability analysis
  • Discuss how snowpack develops and metamorphoses over time and factors that contribute to spatial variability
  • Learn standard observation guidelines and recording formats for factors that influence/indicate snow stability (SWAG module)
  • Advanced understanding of avalanche release and triggering mechanisms
  • Introduce a snow stability analysis and forecasting framework
  • Improve companion rescue skills including multiple and deep burials

Instructional Sessions

  1. AIARE 1 Review
  2. Energy balance, the mountain snowpack and metamorphism
  3. Faceting: near-surface and near-crust faceting
  4. Formation of surface hoar and persistent weak layers
  5. Skier triggering: theory and observations
  6. International and national snow, weather and avalanche observation and recording guidelines (SWAG)
    • Weather: interpreting forecasts, recording and observation techniques
    • Snow profile techniques and bonding tests
    • Avalanche observations and recording techniques
  7. Stability analysis checklist: reviewing critical factors
    • Stability ratings
    • Daily stability forecasts and analysis
  8. Trip planning and hazard forecasting for avalanche
    • The avalanche danger ratings
    • Terrain analysis using maps/photos
    • Forecasting stability and variability
  9. Terrain selection and route finding
    • Group management and hazard management
    • Decision making
    • Human factors
  10. Information gathering
    • Site selection and relevancy
    • Spatial variability
    • Slope tests
  11. Companion Rescue
    • AIARE 1 techniques review
    • Multiple burial
    • Shovel techniques