Motorized AIARE Level 2
Motorized AIARE 2 is a 24-hour course that provides backcountry riders an opportunity to advance their decision making skills in more complicated situations with respect to traveling in avalanche terrain - such as being the leader of group, riding in complex terrain, and developing a plan where resources are scarce.
This course builds on the backcountry decision making process introduced in AIARE 1 and adds to it the evaluation of critical hazard assessment factors with more focus on weather, snowpack, avalanche processes, and how these topics relate to observations and riding in avalanche terrain. This course is essential for any backcountry snowmobiler or snow biker who's skills and aspirations are taking them to more complicated terrain.
AIARE 1 + Avalanche Rescue (or equivalents) are a prerequisite for this course.
For Winter 2020/21, this course will consist of (2) 2 hour virtual (evening) classroom sessions and (2) field days, along with some self directed online learning and field work.
Full details will be sent upon registration.
Pre-Registration Required. Maximum 12 students. Minimum 5 students.
- taken an AIARE 1 (recommended) or AAA approved Level 1 + AIARE or AAA Avalanche Rescue prior to course date
- a winter of practical experience after AIARE 1 prior to this course
- snowmobile or snow bike (reliable and appropriate for mountain riding)
- avalanche rescue gear (digital avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe)
- backpack (airbag pack optional)
- appropriate riding gear and extra layers for a full day on the snow
- ability to ride off trail in varied terrain and deep snow
- a Wyoming State trails sticker (or required trail passes for riding area)
- transportation to and from classroom and field locations with your machine
- 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.