Provided by American Avalanche Institute
Thursday, December 15, 2022
Rec. Level 2 Course - Thursday, December 15 - Sunday, December 18, 2022 An intro evening Zoom meeting (Dec. 15), three full field days (December 16-18) plus self-paced online curriculum. This course was designed for backcountry recreationists who want to improve their travel and forecasting skills.
***Rescue Fundamentals is included in this class***
The rec level 2 course is designed for backcountry recreationists with level 1 avalanche skills who want to go deeper with their snow and avalanche knowledge, as well as travel in more complex terrain. On this course, we spend time expanding student’s knowledge of the science of snow metamorphism, and apply this knowledge to have a better understanding of the season snowpack history and the nature of existing avalanche problems. We utilize the AAI Backcountry Avalanche Checklist as a system for sorting and prioritizing information in the field, setting a tone of teamwork, and minimizing human factor traps.
There will be 3 full field days on this course, an evening online meeting, and a self-paced online curriculum with support. During the field session, we will travel in the backcountry, in and around avalanche terrain.
This course will cover the following:
- Tracking the season snowpack history
- Characteristics of the different avalanche problems
- Weather history, avalanche problems, and stability assessment
- Formation of persistent weak layers – facets, depth hoar, surface hoar
- Wet snow metamorphism
- Avalanche terrain – large & small scale features
- Group management in challenging/complex terrain
- Stability tests – incorporating strength, structure and propagation potential
- Introduction to SWAG documentation
- Tour planning
- Use of the AAI Backcountry Avalanche Checklist as a field tool for sorting & prioritizing information
- Human factor traps and solutions
- Case studies with analysis using AAI Backcountry Avalanche Checklist