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AIARE 2 – Durango, CO – 04/24/2019

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Durango, CO • April 24, 2019


$4 due upon registration
Course starts Apr 24, 2019

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Duration: 3 days (24 hours)
Price: $4

Course Description

The AIARE 2 course is a 3 day/24 hour 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 level 3 certificate (only offered directly through AIARE).

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.

During the Level 2 course, our student outcomes are:

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


  • Students must have the ability to travel in avalanche terrain.
  • An AIARE Level 1 Course (strongly recommended) or equivalent training/experience is required.
  • A winter of practical experience after the Level 1 course is recommended before taking the Level 2 course.

Location and Logistics

Fort Lewis College, Pine Hall
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, CO 81301
United States

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Pine hall is located on the North side of the Fort Lewis College campus in Durango, Colorado.  Parking is available on Skyhawk Avenue or in the parking lot across the street.

NOTE:  A parking pass is required if parking in any on-campus parking lot.  Parking passes may be acquired at one of two kiosks located on the both access roads to the Fort Lewis College campus

If the building is locked, please wait until 15 minutes before the course begins or contact your instructor.

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