Take your avalanche education to the next level. The AIARE Level 2 course is a 4-day program that provides backcountry leaders the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills. This course also includes the introductory and prerequisite components for the professional progression: the AIARE 3 certificate.

The AIARE 2 builds from the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in the level one and adds to it the evaluation of factors critical to stability evaluation.



  1. Advance understanding of avalanche terrain, particularly from the perspective of stability analysis.
  2. Discuss how the snowpack develops and metamorphoses over time; and discuss the factors that contribute to spatial variability.
  3. Learn standard observation guidelines and recording formats for factors that influence or indicate snow stability. SWAG MODULE.
  4. Advance understanding of avalanche release and triggering mechanisms.
  5. Introduce a snow stability analysis and forecasting framework.
  6. Improve companion rescue skills including multiple and deep burials.



Pre-Requisites:  Ability to travel in avalanche terrain.  An AIARE Level 1 Course is strongly recommended, or equivalent Level 1 training is required. A winter of practical experience after the Level 1 course is strongly recommended before taking the AIARE 2 course. Required equipment for all avalanche courses:

Equipment List

Dates: March 10th – 13th, 2017 ^
Course Type: Backcountry / Lodge Based | Ski / Board | Co-Ed
Location: Downing Mountain Lodge | Hamilton, Montana
Cost: $675 Member | $695 Non-Member
Ages: 21 y/o +

Go to http://www.soleexperiences.org/ for more information and course registration.

^Pricing includes certified AIARE Field Instructors, AIARE Field Notebook, AIARE Student Manual,  transportation / shuttling of gear to course areas, food, lodging.