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AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Safety Course

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AIARE Level 2 | Avalanche Safety Course

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Colorado Adventure Guides offers AIARE 2 courses based out of our basecamp in Summit County, Colorado. This 3-day course provides backcountry leaders the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision-making skills. The AIARE 2 builds on the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in the AIARE 1 and adds to it the evaluation of critical hazard assessment factors. All students must have taken an AIARE 1, Avalanche Rescue, and have 1 season of practical experience after taking the AIARE 1 course.

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AIARE Level 2

Immerse Yourself

Our AIARE 2 courses are unique in the sense that we only run them in hut-based or a snow camping based (tent, snow shelter) format. This is an amazing way to immerse yourself into the environment while also learning how to execute an overnight in the winter backcountry. Students will describe and discuss weather, snowpack and avalanche processes, and identify how these processes relate to observations and travel within avalanche terrain.

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What You'll Learn


Identifying avalanche terrain where consequences may be more severe

Differentiating where specific avalanche hazards exist within the landscape

Learning how to close gaps of uncertainty through identifying key observations within your group, the terrain, or the snowpack


Interpreting weather, snow, and avalanche observations to make terrain decisions

Learning more advanced snow science and analysis


Leadership skills to use in a small team, including facilitating small group discussions, 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

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AIARE 2 Hut Based

Immerse Yourself!

The first AIARE 2 course will be ran as a hut-based course and will be based out of Carner’s Cabin near Fremont Pass. Carner’s Cabin is a completely off-grid, private backcountry hut and located on the Continental Divide at an elevation of 11,700 ft. Surrounded by thousands of acres of San Isabel National Forest, there are no other structures for miles for a very remote feeling retreat that’s only 1.8 miles from the highway and parking area.

It’s a great base camp for backcountry adventures on the high Colorado trails. No electricity or running water – bring your own bottled water or melt snow on the woodburning stove. Indoor composting toilet facilities. Propane gas cook stove, kitchen utensils (pots, pans, etc.), and oil lamps provided. Bring your own headlamp, hut booties, sleeping bag, pillowcase and toothbrush.

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AIARE 2 Camping Based

Sleep in the snow!

Our second AIARE 2 course will be ran via snow camping and will be based out of the Montezuma area in Peru Creek. This area held mining operations in the late 1870s pulling out about every kind of valuable mineral in these mountains: gold, silver, lead, copper and zinc. It operated until 1908 and then continued sporadically until the 1940s. This area is very popular with 4WD enthusiast in the summer, but becomes a winter wonderland for snowshoers and backcountry skiers/riders in the winter while providing an incredible opportunity for avalanche terrain study. Students and instructors will camp in this beautiful area via snow shelters or tents to enjoy the full experience of winter backcountry travel and also do so in a more controlled environment.

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Why Choose Us?

Traveling in the backcountry requires a solid understanding of avalanche risk and the knowledge to mitigate these risks through appropriate terrain assessment and decision making. Our local team of AIARE certified leaders and instructors are passionate about where we live, work, and teach and have an intimate relationship with the local terrain and snowpack conditions where we operate..

AIARE 2 Course Outline


E-Learning materials, Level 1 Review, and Student Manual are sent 1 month prior to course to be completed

Day 1

8:00am–4:00pm : Full day of classroom presentations and discussions for snow camping based. For hut-based we will travel into the field to the hut and then have an afternoon classroom session.

Day 2
Field Session

8:00am – 4:00pm : Travel to camping location, setup camp followed by field session for the rest of the day. Half day morning classroom for hut-based followed by field session

Day 3
Field Application

7:30am – 4:00pm : Student led tour and course close

AIARE 2 General Info

Course Duration

3 days (24+ hrs)

  • Jan 31st-Feb 2nd, 2025 – Hut Based
  • Mar 14th-16th, 2025 – Camping Based

$995 for Hut-Based

$685 for Camping-Based

Student:Instructor Ratio

6 Students:1 Instructor


Silverthorne Basecamp:

204 Ryan Gulch Rd Silverthorne, CO 80498

Carner’s Cabin on Fremont Pass for Hut-Based

Camping Location for snow camp based TBD closer to course date

Required Equipment

Avalanche Beacon

Avalanche Probe

Avalanche Shovel

Overnight backpack (approx. 60L-70L)

Alpine Touring Skis, Telemark Skis, or Splitboard

Climbing Skins (must be properly fitted)


Helmet (optional)

Snow Study Kit – 2 thermometers, folding ruler, magnifying loupe, knotted cord, crystal card

Sleeping bag (0 degree recommended)

Sleeping pad (can be provided upon request)


Recommended Clothing

Hard or softshell pants

Synthetic or merino wool base layer

Down or synthetic pants (optional)

Down or synthetic insulated jacket

Hardshell or water/wind resistant jacket

Light gloves for uphill travel

Warm gloves

Brimmed hat or visor


Neck gaitor or buff

Rental Gear

Backcountry gear can be rented directly from Colorado Adventure Guides at our Silvethorne, CO Basecamp.

Local Accommodations

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Reschedule/Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be honored for cancellations more than 14 DAYS PRIOR to a course or a camp start time. An administrative fee of 10% will be assessed for all cancellations.

All activities are Rain or Shine. In case of operator cancellation due to adverse or unsafe conditions prior to start time, first the operator will attempt to reschedule. If rescheduling is not possible, the client will receive a full refund. Operator, including guides in the field, reserve the right to shorten or reroute activity in the case of unmanageable hazards or inability of guest to complete the objective. Completion of objective-based routes is not guaranteed.

Rescheduling will be honored 14 days prior to start date. An administrative fee of 10% will be assessed for all rescheduling. This allows us the time to contact those who have been put on the wait-list.


Prior to taking the AIARE 2, students must complete:

  • Avalanche Safety Level 1 (AIARE or AAA) with 1 year of experience applying that knowledge
  • AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course (1-day)

AIARE Level 2 can be taken on alpine touring skis, or splitboard. Alpine touring skis and splitboards are available for rent from us at an additional cost. Students on skis or boards must be comfortable in steep blue to black terrain at the ski resort.

Price Includes
  • Local AIARE Certified Course Leader and Instructors
  • 24-hour course with a 6:1 maximum instructor to student ratio
  • Student manual and weather-proof AIARE field book
  • Use of beacon, shovel and probe (if needed)
  • Food for overnight (dinner and breakfast)
  • Hut fees included in cost of hut-based
Price Does Not Include
  • Air­fare
  • Trans­porta­tion to and from designated meeting place
  • Clothing and gear (see FAQ for recommendations)
  • Food for lunch and snacks
  • Guide gra­tu­ities
  • Travel insurance (we recommend World Nomads)
Perks of Taking AIARE 2 with CAG
  • 10% off Desert Mountain Medicine
  • Trailhead membership to CAIC
  • 15% off all Ski/Splitboard Mountaineering Course or a guided tour
  • Discount on ORTOVOX Avalanche Equipment
  • Access to all CAG snow safety videos throughout the season

Frequently Asked Questions

How physically fit do I need to be for this course?

Colorado Adventure Guides is priority is keeping our patrons and students safe. Our instructors are trained to recognize potentially hazardous situations in the backcountry; they plan and operate accordingly. Prior to the start of any course or backcountry trip you will be asked to complete a brief health history. The failure to disclose pertinent information on the health history form could result in serious harm, even death, to the signing participant, other guests and/or the guide. All information submitted is completely confidential; it is for the guide’s use and would only be shared in the event of an emergency with medical and/or rescue personnel directly caring for the guest. This can be a physically demanding course, and your ability to enjoy the adventure depends on your health and fitness, thus it’s recommended that you are in good physical condition.

What if I would like to book a private group course?

For those who would like to select all the members of their party, you may book a private group course. If you are interested, please let us know!

When and how do I meet up with the group?

For courses your instructor will contact you at least 2 weeks prior to course start to discuss details.

Should I tip my instructor?

Your instructors work hard before, during, and after your course to provide you with a great experience and while not expected, gratuities are always highly appreciated and if you had a safe, educational, and fun experience. Gratuities typically range from 15-20%.


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Our AIARE Level 2 courses have limited capacity and tend to book up months in advance. It is strongly recommended that you reserve your spot before the winter season starts.

204 Ryan Gulch Rd Silverthorne, CO 80498

(970) 893-8007

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    (970) 893-8007

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