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.
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.