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Evaluating the density of the snowpack layers.



Location: Summit County and surrounding areas
Duration: 3 days (24 hours)
Prerequisites: AIARE Avalanche Rescue and AIARE Level 1 
Cost:  $629 - Camping Based

Join CSG and Colorado Adventure Guides on our AIARE REC Level 2 Course. This 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.

Get immersed!! 
​What sets our courses apart from the others? Our REC Level 2 courses will be run in our popular overnight winter camping format! By choosing the overnight setting not only will you full-fill the AIARE curriculum but you’ll also have the opportunity to hone in on your winter camping skill-sets as well as pick your instructors brains during tent-side chats in the evening. More time to chat about gear, decision making, and terrain selection as well as create long lasting and trustworthy future backcountry partners.  

The course will span 3 days. The first day will be spent in the classroom and the following 2 days in the field with an overnight via tent or snow shelters.

​Topics Covered

  • ​Differentiate where specific avalanche hazards exist within the landscape and identify avalanche terrain where consequences may be more severe.

  • Developing a deeper understanding of the avalanche forecast

  • 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.

  • Deeper understanding of the mountain snowpack

  • Building on route selection and terrain management

  • Managing risk and leading decision making within a small team

  • Human factors and influence

  • Efficient use of beacon/shovel/probe

  • Group management

Price Includes

  • AIARE Certified Course Leader and Instructors

  • 24-hour course with a 6:1 maximum ratio

  • Student manual and weather-proof AIARE field book

  • Use of ORTOVOX beacon, shovel and probe

Gear List

  • Splitboard, boots, poles, and skins

  • Beacon, Shovel, Probe (demos available upon request)

  • Sleeping bag / pillow (0 degree preferred)

  • Synthetic or wool long underwear bottom and top (base layer)

  • Mid layer top and bottom (insulation layer)

  • Insulated “Puffy” Jacket

  • Waterproof Jacket and pants

  • Wool or synthetic socks

  • Warm gloves or mittens

  • Hat and neck gaiter or balaclava

  • Goggles and sunglasses

  • Multi-Day pack backpack (40-70 Liter)

  • Personal Hygiene Kit

  • Headlamp with spare batteries

  • Down or synthetic booties

  • Water bottle (At least 1 Liter per person)

  • Snow Study Kit (thermometer, snow saw, crystal card, magnifier)

  • Food for lunch and snacks (can be provided upon request)

  • Hand warmers

  • Helmet

  • Hot liquid in thermos

  • Extra gloves (Liner Gloves for the uphill)

  • Chapstick

  • Camera

  • Write in the Rain Notebook and mechanical pencil

  • Compass

Evaluating the snowpack with a small column test.
Magnifaction of snow crystals known as a facet.
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