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Avalanche Level 2 + Avalanche Rescue | Rattlesnake Wilderness | Space Remaining

February 21, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - February 26, 2023 @ 6:00 pm



Curriculum: Avalanche Level 2 and Avalanche Rescue | 32 hours of instruction

Sections: Two (2) evening classroom components | Three (3) full-day field components

Student-to-instructor ratio 4:1

Maximum class size: 8 students

Date | Location: 

Classroom Components | Tuesday 2.21.23 Wednesday 2.23.23 | Online Classroom Sessions 6 – 9 PM MST 

Field Components | Friday 2.24.23 Saturday 2.25.23 Sunday 2.26.23 | Rattlesnake Wilderness, accessed from Montana Snowbowl | 8 AM – 4 PM MST 

Price: $675.00

Avalanche Level 2 + Avalanche Rescue

In this course, American Avalanche Association (A3) Pro Educators expand students’ snow and avalanche knowledge by delivering Avalanche Level 2 and Avalanche Rescue course components per A3 curriculum guidelines. Educators provide extensive on-snow training and in-depth instruction for understanding snow metamorphism and applying this information to navigate complex terrain successfully. You will learn how to use this knowledge and develop the skills needed to understand the season snowpack history and the nature of existing avalanche problems.

This course is for backcountry recreationists who have completed Avalanche Level 1 training and spent a season or more applying this information in the backcountry. This course provides an excellent opportunity for expanding your knowledge and fulfills the required prerequisites for Professional Level 1 course enrollment. Forty percent of the course is online classroom-based, and sixty percent is field-based. Groups will travel in the backcountry, in and around avalanche terrain.

This course focuses on the following:

  • Tracking and analyzing seasonal snowpack history
  • Defining avalanche problem characteristics 
  • Weather history, avalanche problems, and stability assessment
  • Formation of persistent weak layers such as facets, depth hoar, and surface hoar
  • Snow metamorphism
  • Avalanche terrain: Large and small-scale features
  • Group management in avalanche terrain
  • Stability tests: Incorporating strength, structure, and propagation potential
  • Making targeted field observations
  • Tour planning
  • Use of backcountry protocols and checklists for sorting and prioritizing information
  • Identifying human factor traps and solutions

Course includes:

  • Professional instruction
  • Course workbooks
  • Online classroom and field instruction
  • Lift tickets for courses operating out of a ski area

Participants provide:

  • Transportation to and from each field section
  • Personal gear
  • Avalanche rescue gear
  • Food & water


  • Avalanche Level 1
  • A minimum of one (1) season applying Avalanche Level 1 learning outcomes in the backcountry.
  • Participants must be prepared and fit enough to travel during daylight hours on touring skis or splitboards in backcountry terrain in winter conditions for three consecutive days.
  • This course includes an Avalanche Rescue course component and is, therefore, NOT required as a prerequisite. 

Recommended Reading:

  • Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, Bruce Tremper
  • Snow, Weather, and Avalanches: Observational Guidelines for Avalanche Programs in the United States (SWAG)


Course Registration:

Avalanche Level 2 + Rescue | Rattlesnake Wilderness | 2/21/23 - 2/26/23

Please complete and submit the information below.
  • Please contact us with any questions or concerns.
  • If notice of cancellation is received within 30 days of the course we will offer a full refund. If notice is received 14-30 days before the course we will offer a 50% refund of course costs. If notice of cancellation is received within 14 days of the course no refund can be given.
  • $0.00





February 21, 2023 @ 6:00 pm
February 26, 2023 @ 6:00 pm
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West Central Montana Avalanche Foundation
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