AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Course 2017-09-03T14:49:57+00:00

Project Description

AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Course

The Peak Mountain Guides AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Course is a small group program with field time on every day of the course. It is hands-on and practical for those who learn best by doing.

The instructors were terrific and their extensive knowledge of the subject was apparent. I also really appreciated the small group size.

Cory Jackson, Level 2 Avalanche Course

Small Group Size

We run our AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Course as a small group program with a maximum of 10 students and two instructors. This allows our students to be involved in decision making, route finding, and snow study during every step of the course. This small group size distinguishes our Level 2 Avalanche Course as one of the most student-centered courses available today.

Field Time on Every Day of the Course

We provide opportunities for you to apply your new skills in the field on every day of the course. This practical, field based approach is the cornerstone of our curriculum and it is particularly valuable for those who learn best through doing. Additionally, the extra field time allows us to keep our classroom sessions to a reasonable length so students are able to absorb and retain the information that is presented.

Industry Leading Instructors

Our avalanche staff has been hand picked for their depth of experience as professionals in the snow and avalanche industry, and for their welcoming, approachable demeanor. They include AIARE Instructor Trainer Team members, AMGA certified ski guides, avalanche forecasters, ski patrollers, and AIARE qualified instructors. You will gain a thorough avalanche education that emphasizes safety, learning new skills, and having fun along the way.

Course Logistics

Most people choose to stay in a hotel or camp at a nearby campground during the course. Because it is the “off season” in Ouray, there are very good economical lodging options. We will send you a list of recommending lodging when you register. The class runs from approximately 8-6 each day with most of the time spent in the field on Red Mountain Pass. Please see the course itinerary below for a detailed outline of each day.

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Program Details


Ouray and Red Mountain Pass, Colorado


January 27-29, 2018
February 24-26, 2018
Custom dates available upon request


Intermediate – Advanced


$419.00 per person

Cost includes: 3 days of instruction in a small group setting; Snow, Weather, and Avalanche Guidelines (SWAG) manual; student manual; AIARE field book; and avalanche safety gear including BCA beacon, shovel, and probe; and our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

Cost does not include: Transportation, food, lodging, personal insurance, travel insurance, gratuities to instructors, and personal equipment for snow study and winter travel (please see equipment list below). Alpine touring equipment is available for rent from our shop.


Completion of AIARE level 1 course or equivalent.


5:1 with a maximum group size of 10.


Level 2 Avalanche Course Equipment List (PDF)
Level 2 Avalanche Course Sample Itinerary (PDF)

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AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Course with Peak Mountain Guides
AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Course snow study
AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Course snow crystals

The Peak Mountain Guides Difference


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We are a 5-Star rated business on Google, Yelp, and TripAdvisor. We are dedicated to the highest standards of professionalism, client care, and customer service.

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100% Satisfaction Guarantee

We provide exceptional outdoor experiences, every time. If you are not satisfied at the end of your trip, we will provide you with a complimentary day free of charge.

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Exclusively AMGA Certified Instructors & Guides

We are one of the only guide services in the country with an entire staff of instructors and guides who are certified by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). You are in good hands when you adventure with us.

Dan Zokaites

Dan is an AMGA certified Rock, Alpine, and Ski Guide.  


Josh Hirshberg

Josh is an AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor.


Angela Hawse

Angela is an AMGA Certified Rock, Alpine, and Ski Guide.


Marc Ripperger

Marc is an AMGA Certified Rock and Alpine Guide.