Avalanche Level 2 Course - 4 Days

New! RIDGE EXPLORATIONS LEVEL 2 – Processes and Leadership

February 2014

The Level 2 course is a 4-day program that provides backcountry leaders the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills. This course also includes the introductory and prerequisite components for the professional progression.

The Level 2 builds from the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in the Level 1 and adds to it the evaluation of factors critical to stability evaluation.
* Level 1 or Level 1 refresher in the last 3 years. Level 2 cannot be taken in the same year as Level 1, without special permission from the instructor due to the advanced nature and intensity of Level 2.
* Course providers recommended reading.



COST: $575 (does not include housing, lift tickets ($20 x two days - 2014 price) or $20 textbook)

Ridge Explorations Level 2 Outcomes

1. Plan group travel (Classroom) (Days 2-4)
2. Systematically manage hazards in avalanche terrain. (Field) (each day
3. Discuss and study Snow, Weather, and Avalanches: Observational Guidelines (Classroom) (Day 1)
4. Observe and record field observations. (Field) (Days 1-4)
5. Perform a test profile (Field) (Days 1-4)
6. Document a test profile. (Classroom) (do one each day- 4 days)
7. Forecast instability and danger rating based on snowpack and weather conditions and trends. (Classroom) (each day-Days 2-4)
8. Demonstrate effective communication and actions regarding human factors in all elements. (Field) (Days 2-4)
9. Conduct mock multiple-burial companion recovery. (Field) (Day 1)

Ridge Explorations Level 2 Content
Tour Planning
• Weather and snowpack history
• Trip considerations (abilities, goals, constraints)
• Decision tool review
• Applied map skills (slope angle, alpha angle, route planning, decision points)
• Metamorphism (FC, MX, SH, DH, MF) and instability (Lecture)
• Skier triggering, avalanche release and assessing instability
• Spatial variability
Observations and Forecasts: snowpack, weather, and terrain
• Standards and recording (SWAG, field book)
• Stability assessment and forecast practice
• Decision making traps and communication
Field Tours
• Route selection
• Travel protocols, group management and communication
• Stability assessment via observations and test results
• Full & test profile (pit) practice
• Group and complex rescue leadership
• Practice scenarios
Human factors
· Instructors integrate human factor awareness and mitigation in all aspects of L2
program. Accomplished by instructor modeling, case studies and discussion.

Course Conclusion
Critique, review, and examine next steps in education for individual students


COST: $575 (does not include housing, lift tickets ($20 x two days - 2014 price) or $20 textbook)


This four-day course will be held at Crystal Mountain. Housing can be arranged at Alta Crystal Resort. To register for Level 2, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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