Prival – AIARE Level 2


+ New for 2017, the redesigned AIARE 2 is designed specifically to meet the needs of advanced recreational students who have taken an AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue class. (March 16-18, 2018)

+Prival is now an accredited provider for The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) all course instructors are certified by AIARE  to teach at or above the level of avalanche education course listed here.


+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 online resources are scarce.


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. Students will describe and discuss weather, snowpack and avalanche processes, and identify how these processes relate to observations and travel within avalanche terrain.


Student learning outcomes

  • 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.


Who Should Take this Course

The 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.



Participants must have the ability to travel in avalanche terrain. An AIARE 1 Course (strongly recommended) or equivalent Level 1 training is required. 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.

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2 reviews for Prival – AIARE Level 2

  1. Eric Rich
    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    If you are considering a furthered education in reading and avoiding avalanches in the backcountry I highly recommend doing it. PRIVAL is a grassroots company who’s leader to student ratio was stacked in our (the students) favor. We got hands on experience in the field and were asked critical thinking questions that will surely help us guide our decision making as practitioners of avalanche safety.

    Don’t rely on your airbag to save your life. At the end of the day it’s our decision making process that usually puts us in danger of avalanches. In this class you will continue to learn, and truly enforce what was brushed on in your level 1 class. Coming away from this course I now feel confident on how and what to communicate with my touring partners and how to be a decision maker in my group.

    Something of note also is that avalanche educational courses have changed, so you won’t be getting your head full of too much science that is irrelevant to the recreational backcountry traveler as it has been in the past. This L2 is designed specifically for those who want to be as safe as possible, but who aren’t pursuing a career in guiding or snow forecasting, or other such professions. For those interest in that path, there is now a PRO 1 and PRO 2 that you can go directly into from your L1 and companion rescue prerequisite.

    If you’re after a small intimate setting with attentive, passionate instructors, look no further!

    Thank you PRIVAL!

  2. Chris Sisneros-Kidd
    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    What an amazing course! I came into the course expecting to spend time with my head deep in the snow, geeking out on crystals. And while we did plenty of that, we spent much of our time working on making detailed and useful observations (whether that be full pits with saw propagation tests or just noticing a change in the wind direction/speed) and understanding how to take those observations and distill them into a reliable picture of the snowpack, and avalanche problems and how to stay away from them. I came away from this course having learned what’d I’d hoped for and so much more! If you’re looking at taking a Level 2 course, I highly recommend PRIVAL! They’re great local company, with an awesome mission, and the instructors were incredibly knowledgeable, professional, and supportive!

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