Riders who have completed both Level 1 course and wish to enhance their skills are a good fit for the Level 2 course.
We recommend acquiring at least 1-year of skill practice since the completion of a Level 1 course. The course is centered around avalanche hazard evaluation, observation, decision-making, and group management. The first full day will be focused on advanced rescue strategies.
Classroom sessions focus on the development of the snowpack, understanding the avalanche problem, including persistent and deep slab instabilities, avalanche mechanics, and utilizing snow and weather resources to trip plan.
Participants in this workshop will be introduced to documentation and record keeping as per the Snow, Weather, and Avalanches: Observation Guidelines for Avalanche Programs in the United States (SWAG) handbook. Instructors seek to study a variety of snowpack conditions, and recent avalanches are used for analysis when possible. Specific topics covered include:
Decision-making and leadership
Understanding the avalanche problem and where it is found
Snowpack observation and stability analysis
Documentation of observations, field weather and snowpack
Route selection & safe travel procedures
Tuition Does Not Include
Round trip transportation to and from the class site
“Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain” by Bruce Tremper
Food during the course
Personal gear and clothing
Participation in a prior Level 1 course or equivalent.
At least a year of experience since your Level 1 course.
At least intermediate riding skills.
Be prepared to remain outdoors in high wind, heavy snowfall and cold temperatures.
The purpose of this workshop is to develop leadership skills that allow you to lead groups of equal or lesser ability in the snowy mountains.
Advanced rescue techniques
Snow stability evaluation
Safe travel procedures
Documentation of observations
No dates are currently scheduled. Please contact us if you are interested in this course.