Recreational Level 2 Avalanche Course
Learning to LEAD in Avalanche Terrain
Created to meet the needs of advanced, backcountry users and meticulously refined based upon our alumni’s feedback, this capstone experience represents the pinnacle of training for recreationalists in the United States.
Silverton Avalanche School’s REC Level Two is an experiential curriculum, rooted in international best practice, offered in unparalleled field locations, and led by preeminent snow safety and mountain professionals. SAS is proud to offer the most comprehensive, robust and student centered Level Two experience available for backcountry recreationalists. This course encourages students to identify their needs and areas for additional skill development as instructors support students via individualized training and learning goals.
The SAS REC Level Two provides a comprehensive, highly personalized learning experience that focuses on our students’ ability to:
- Competently assess terrain of consequence
- Understand risks, hazards, exposure and vulnerability in the backcountry
- Confidently facilitate in-field communications and decision making
- Refine micro and macro route finding and terrain management strategies recognize and address uncertainty with self and others
- Analyze the snowpack and anticipate avalanche problems, sans avy bulletin
- Lead tour planning and the development of time control plans
- Efficiently solicit observations and options from your teammates
- Be proactive in planning for rescue and emergency situations
All Level Two courses require previous completion of a one day Avalanche Rescue course, in addition to our Level 1, as students are expected to complete a rescue test and participate in emergency scenarios throughout the course.
While our bedrock curriculum is taught consistently in all Rec 2 classes, our courses have different focus areas, depending upon the time of season.
December Level Two has a special focus on overnight tour planning on a multi-day hut trip. Students will stay at Saint Paul’s Lodge, located on Red Mountain Pass.
January and February Level Two’s drill down on snow science and mountain weather.
March and April courses focus on leadership, route finding and decision making in spring skiing terrain.