AIARE 2 Avalanche Course

Advance your decision making skills


The objective of the AIARE 2 Avalanche Course is to learn how to manage uncertainty in avalanche terrain.

AIARE 2 Avalanche Course Description

Our AIARE 2 course builds on the skills taught in the AIARE 1 and Rescue Courses. Students will be presented situations such as travel in complex terrain, being a leader within a small travel group, and creating a travel plan where resources are scarce. Building on the AIARE Risk Management Framework from the AIARE 1, we add to it the evaluation of critical hazard assessment factors. Students identify weather, snowpack and avalanche processes, and apply them to travel in avalanche terrain.

AIARE 2 Avalanche Course Learning Outcomes

Students are taught how to:

  • Identify specific avalanche hazards within a landscape
  • Recognize avalanche terrain where effects may be more severe.
  • Use and interpret observations from weather, snow, and avalanche activity
  • Locate suitable 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
    • Simple risk management strategies.
  • Apply a basic forecast framework that can be used with, or in the absence of, local avalanche information.


Students need:




Feb 24-26, 2022
March 24-26, 2022

SMI conducts courses for clubs, search and rescue, and all types of outdoor groups allowing you to customize your dates. To arrange a course on the date of your choice contact our office.