AIARE Avalanche Level 2 Course with Avalanche Rescue


The AIARE Level 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.

Location: Peru Creek, Keystone, CO
Dates: All Dates required for each course.

  • Online -Tues. Jan 2 & 9; Field Sessions: Jan 12-14, 2024
  •  Online -Tues. Feb. 6 & 13; Field Sessions: Feb. 16-18, 2024

Zoom Sessions: Two Tuesdays prior to Field Days 7:00-9:30pm
Field Sessions: Meet 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM

AIARE Avalanche Rescue – Required for the AIARE Level 2 Course. Can be taken separately, but must be done prior to Level 2.

Student Information
SKU: A2 AIARE Level 2 Category:


AIARE Level 2 Course (w/Optional Avalanche Rescue)
Location: Peru Creek, Keystone, CO

Course #1

Online Tuesdays: Jan 2 & 9       7:00-9:30pm

Field Sessions: Fri/Sat/Sun, January 12-14, 2024.  Meet 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Course #2

Online Tuesdays: Feb. 6 & 13       7:00-9:30pm

Field Sessions: Fri/Sat/Sun, February 16-18, 2024.    Meet 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Zoom Sessions: Two Required online Zoom Sessions the two Tuesdays prior to the field sessions

Field Sessions: Meet 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM

AIARE Avalanche Rescue Info

Location: Peru Creek, Keystone, CO
Dates: Friday, January 12 and February 16, 2024 (with respective courses) 
Field Sessions:   Meet 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Student learning outcomes
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.

Who Should Take this Course?
The 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.


  • Participants must have the ability to travel in/near avalanche terrain.
  • AIARE or similar – Avalanche Level 1 – at least a 24-contact hour course, and taken in the last five years
  • AIARE or similar – Avalanche Rescue- at least 8-hours, and taken in the last five years.
  • Tour Days: a minimum of ten tour days with field book tour plans completed.

Included: All course materials, beacon, shovel, probe, classroom, and great terrain close by.

Class size will be kept small for better learning and group travel experiences.