Baker Mountain Guides AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Course is designed to improve student’s evaluation of critical avalanche hazard assessment factors. Our 3-day curriculum focuses on advanced observational techniques and prepares students to lead backcountry tours in more complicated terrain and snow conditions.

Baker Mountain Guides has customized the AIARE curriculum to provide practical field skills for the Pacific Northwest. Our instructors are passionate backcountry skiers and snowboarders who believe that avalanche education saves lives. These values are reflected in the quality of our AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Course.


Baker Mountain Guides offers scheduled AIARE Level 2
Avalanche Courses with both online and in-person classroom
sessions. Field sessions are in the Mount Baker Backcountry.

  • Pre-Req: AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course

    AIARE requires an approved avalanche rescue course prior to taking the AIARE Level 2. Students can expect to learn fundamental avalanche rescue skills for both single and multiple burials. Instructors will facilitate realistic practice scenarios and provide mentorship and feedback.

  • Day 1: Classroom Fundamentals

    The course will begin with 8 hours of lecture. Classroom sessions may be online or in-person. Online lectures are split into two sessions from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM. Topics include weather, snowpack metamorphism, avalanche formation and release, and advanced observational techniques.

  • Day 2: Field Observations

    Your instructor will facilitate a trip planning exercise, and we’ll head into the field. Throughout our tour, we’ll focus on observational techniques with an emphasis on craftsmanship, relevancy, and verification. Our findings will inform our hazard assessment for the following day.

  • Day 3: Backcountry Tour

    Students will utilize their new knowledge to assess the avalanche hazard and plan a tour. In the field, we’ll focus on gathering quality observations, tracking spatial variability of the avalanche problems, managing risk as a team, and making great turns.

Interested in this course?

Program Information

  • Season
  • December - February

  • Duration
  • 3 Days / 24 Hours

  • Locations
  • Mount Baker Backcountry

  • Max Ratio
  • 6 Students to 1 Instructor

  • Equipment

  • Schedule
  • 2022 - 2023 Winter Season

    Online Classroom Courses

    *Please select 1st field day when booking online

    • Evening Class: Dec 14 & 15 - Field: Dec 17 – 18
    • Evening Class: Jan 18 & 19 - Field: Jan 21 – 22

    Complete your pre-requisites

    Pair your AIARE Level 2 with an:


    AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course

  • Cost
  • $550 / Person


    Cost Includes

    • AIARE Level 2 Student Manual
    • AIARE Field Book
    • Backcountry Ski Map