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Crested Butte | Colorado

AIARE Level 2 in Crested Butte

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1 – 12 people

The AIARE Level 2 course is a must for any backcountry endeavors this winter. Continuing avalanche education is essential for ensuring safety in any area where the terrain is at all questionable. Participants will learn how to recognize hazards and potential dangers while managing and minimizing risk in avalanche terrain.

Going into the backcountry is easy and fun! Making safe decisions isn’t always straightforward when you’re in the field, though. There’s lots to consider and plan with every tour and expedition. Having awareness of your surroundings in avalanche terrain is a necessary part of any outdoor education.

Here’s the what we’ll cover in the classroom and outside
  • Learn how to differentiate where specific hazards exist
  • You’ll identify terrain where consequences may be more severe
  • Interpret weather, snow and avalanche data to make the best choices before going out in the field
  • Work on leadership skills within a small group setting
  • Discovering the importance of small group discussion when out with a group is necessary for group safety and morale
  • How to promote appropriate terrain selection
  • Why risk management strategies are essential and must be utilized
  • How to implement a forecasting framework that can be used in conjunction with and in the absence of local supporting avalanche information
Prerequisites for your avalanche course
  • Each participant must complete AIARE Level 1 and AIARE Avalanche Rescue before enrolling in AIARE Level 2. All participants have at least one year of experience in avalanche terrain
  • All participants must read The Avalanche Handbook by McClung and Schaerer

Things you need to know

What's included?

  • AIARE Level 2 Course Manual
  • AIARE Field Book
  • AIARE Level 2 certificate upon successful completion of course

What's not included?

  • Lodging, food, avalanche safety gear, backcountry touring gear*

*Avalanche safety gear and backcountry touring set-ups and be rented for an additional fee

What to bring?

  • A detailed equipment list will be provided upon registration

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