AIARE Avalanche Rescue + Level 2 Combined Course - Olympia - 2019

Avalanche Safety Course

AIARE Avalanche Rescue + Level 2 Combined Course

This is an intensive combined AIARE Avalanche Rescue and Level 2 course in which participants advance their knowledge and skills in companion rescue, identification and discussion of avalanche phenomena, risk management, and decision-making in avalanche terrain.

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* Due to a portion of this course being funded by the Olympia Mountaineers it is only eligible to Olympia members. Priority will be given to Olympia Intermediate Climbing Students and Olympia Climbing/Winter Travel Activity Leaders until Feb 1, 2019.  A prerequisite for this course is completion of AIARE Level 1 or equivalent training.  Thanks for your understanding.  Leader permission is required to receive promo code for  special discount offered by Olympia Mountaineers * 

This is a combined AIARE Avalanche Rescue and Level 2 course. Avalanche Rescue is  a one-day stand-alone course that is a prerequisite for Level 2. Participants of Avalanche Rescue both learn the basics and expand their skills in companion rescue. AIARE Level 2 is a 3 day/24 hour course that builds up on Level 1. Participants of Level 2 advance their avalanche knowledge and decision-making skills.

At the end of this combined course, participants should be able to: 

Avalanche Rescue

  • Describe what to do if they or a member of their party is caught in an avalanche.
  • Identify and be able to use gear necessary for avalanche rescue.
  • Set up a realistic scenario in order to practice an avalanche rescue response.
  • Improve their response skills and times during and after the course with feedback from instructors and peers.
  • Develop a plan for continuing practice.

Level 2

  • Differentiate where specific avalanche hazards exist within the landscape and identify avalanche terrain where consequences may be more severe.
  • 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.
  • Implement a basic forecasting framework that can be used in conjunction with and in the absences of local supporting avalanche information.


Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
AIARE Avalanche Rescue/Level 2 - Field Trip 3 (Day 5 of Course)
Sun, Mar 10, 2019
Registration closed Mar 8
1 participant
Required Equipment

Back Country Equipment

  • Day-Tour Pack
  • Touring Skis, Split Board or Snow Shoes
  • Climbing Skins
  • Ski Poles
  • Avalanche Transceiver (max 5 years old)
  • Avalanche Probe
  • Avalanche Shovel (Metal Blade required)


  • Appropriate winter layers per Mountaineers standards

10 Essentials / Winter Systems

Course Equipment

  • AIARE Field Book (will be supplied with course)
  • Mechanical Pencil
  • Snow Saw
  • Snow Study Kit (optional): dial stem thermometer (celsius), crystal card, loupe (5x - 10x magnification)
Course Materials

There are no materials for this course.