AIARE Level 2 (Recreation Track) - Tacoma - 2019

Avalanche Safety Course

AIARE Level 2 (Recreation Track)

The AIARE 2 is a three-day/24-hour course that provides backcountry travelers an opportunity to advance their decision making skills in more complicated situations such as being a leader within a small travel group, traveling in more complicated terrain, and/or developing a travel plan where resources are scarce.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers course.

**This course is being offered as an intensive, Avalanche Rescue + Level 2 Combination Course. Participants have the option to take both AIARE 2 and Avalanche Rescue, or one course independently.

Participants that wish to take the combination course must register for both AIARE 2 and Avalanche Rescue. These participants will also be offered a discount- $545 for both courses. E-mail for a discount code. Registration for the Avalanche Rescue course can be found here: 

Those who take AIARE 2 only will be required to show proof of Avalanche Rescue Course completion. 


AIARE 2  is a three-day course for those who have taken an AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue and have had at least a year of backcountry travel experience. The AIARE 2 provides backcountry leaders the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills.


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

  • 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.


  • Participants must have the ability to travel in avalanche terrain.
  • An AIARE 1 Course (strongly recommended) or equivalent Level 1 training is required. Backcountry skiers, splitboarders, and snowshoers welcome.
  • A winter of practical experience after the Level 1 course is required before taking the AIARE 2 course.
  • AIARE or AAA approved one-day Avalanche Rescue Course.


This course is taught by our partners at Edgeworks Climbing Gym and their staff of AIARE Certified Instructors.

Course Dates 

Each day will begin at 8am  at the Nisqually Lodge  in Ashford (just out side the Longmire Entrance to Mount Rainier National Park). A significant portion of each day will include time in the field based out of Paradise, Mount Rainier. You must have chains for your car to drive the road to Paradise.

  • Day 1: Friday, March 8th, 8 AM to 5 PM. Meet at Nisqually Lodge. Field portion at Paradise.
  • Day 2: Saturday, March 9, 8 AM to 5 PM. Meet at Nisqually Lodge. Field portion at Paradise.
  • Day 3: Sunday, March 10, 8 AM to 5 PM Meet at Nisqually Lodge. Field portion at Paradise.

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment


  • Day-Tour Ski Backpack
  • Touring Skis, Splitboard or Snowshoes (Skis with alpine-touring or telemark bindings (or splitboard))
  • Climbing Skins (for skis/splitboard, adjusted to skis)
  • Ski Poles (adjustable length optional)
  • Avalanche Transceiver (3 antenna beacon required, max 5 years old)
  • Avalanche Probe (Minimum 240 cm)
  • Avalanche Shovel (metal blade required)


  • Socks: Wool or synthetic ski socks
  • Base layers: Synthetic, wool or silk bottom, underwear and top
  • Mid Layer: Synthetic or wool zip shirt
  • Hard Shell or Softshell pants: A pair with side vents are best.
  • Insulated vest or jacket: down or synthetic.
  • Hard or Soft shell jacket: waterproof and breathable, no or little insulation.
  • Gloves: a pair of heavy gloves and a pair of medium weight gloves
  • Hats: one with brim, one for warmth
  • Neck Gaiter or Balaclava: optional, but nice to have
  • Helmet (recommended)
  • Sunglasses
  • Goggles


  • Water bottles: 1-2 liters combined capacity (bottle insulators recommended)
  • Small thermos: (optional)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm (water/sweat-proof)
  • Headlamp
  • Toiletries, Personal first-aid kit (for your personal meds/needs)
  • Camera or Smartphone
  • Lunch/Snack food
  • Chains for car 


  • AIARE Field book (this will be supplied)
  • Mechanical pencil
  • Snow Saw (optional/recommended)
  • Snow Study Kit (optional): dial Stem thermometer (celsius), crystal card, loupe (5x – 10x magnification)
Course Materials

There are no materials for this course.