*Beartooth Powder Guides Level 2 Avalanche Course was created for advanced backcountry skiers and riders that want to go deeper into the backcountry and take their backcountry avalanche knowledge and companion rescue skills to the next level. Prior avalanche training and experience required. (Completed Level 1 or experienced backcountry travelers that have attended a basic avalanche course in past).
**This course includes an 8 Hour Avalanche Rescue Course for students planning on continuing on the AAA Pro Avalanche Education track. (Pro 1)
This 4 day course will be based out of the Woody Creek Cabin in the Absaroka Range above Cooke City, MT. The cabin is a 2.5 mile skin from Cooke City, and is situated within 1/4 mile of the Wyoming border and the North Absaroka Wilderness. It’s located just below treeline – with access to glades and alpine terrain alike, making this a great venue to learn about terrain and the snowpack, while being fully immersed in the mountains for the duration of the course.
During the 4 days, participants will elevate their techniques and skills to become an advanced backcountry traveler and partner. This will include a combination of lectures and field sessions, where students will get hands on experience in learning about snowpack layering, terrain management, weather elements, decision making, and rescue skills.
Course will be 40% Classroom based and 60% Field based. The course is Hut based, and we will travel in the backcountry in and around avalanche terrain.
- Cost:$725 (Includes lodging, food for weekend, course materials)
- Location: Woody Creek Cabin (backcountry ski cabin), Cooke City, MT
- Prerequisites: Completed a Level 1 Course, Students must be fit enough to travel a minimum of 7 miles per day, climbing as much as 2500 vertical feet per day. Students must have Alpine Touring skis, Telemark skis or Splitboard with skins for travel. Minimum one season between Level 1 and taking Level 2.
- Snow Sense, Jill Fredston & Doug Fesler
- Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, Bruce Tremper
- Avalanche Essentials, Bruce Tremper
- SWAG- Snow, Weather and Avalanches: Observational Guidelines for Avalanche Programs in the United States (SWAG)
- The course will include 8 hours spent on advanced avalanche rescue and accident mitigation
- Concepts in avalanche hazard and basic avalanche terminology
- Trailhead checks and travel protocol
- Formation of persistent weak layers
- Understanding avalanche release
- Recognizing avalanche terrain
- Travel procedures in avalanche terrain
- Understanding avalanche release-initiation, fracture, and propogation
- How weather changes the snowpack
- Wet snow metamorphism
- Deeper understanding of human factors and how they can influence decision making
- Making and interpreting the avalanche forecast bulletin
- Applied information gathering and tour planning
- SWAG documentation
- Tracking season snowpack history
- Target observations and snowpack tests to fill knowledge gaps and address current/suspected avalanche character
- Use of an avalanche checklist in the field to provide a system for prioritizing information
- Discussion and working as a team focusing on minimizing possible human factor traps
- Discussion of accident case studies and decision-making scenarios
This course is based on guidelines established by the American Avalanche Association
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- Completed a Level 1 Course
- Students must be fit enough to travel a minimum of 7 miles per day climbing as much as 2500 vertical feet per day
- Students must have Alpine Touring skis, Telemark skis or Splitboard with skins for travel
- Minimum one season between Level 1 and taking Level 2