Level 2 Avalanche Course
This four-day course is designed for advanced backcountry skiers and riders with a minimum of two full seasons of touring experience. Meticulously refined based upon feedback from previous course graduates, this capstone experience represents the pinnacle of training for recreationalists in the United States. Students are required to have completed a Level 1 and Avalanche Rescue course prior to enrollment.
For this course, Mountain Trip utilizes Silverton Avalanche School’s (SAS) Level 2 experiential curriculum, which is rooted in international best practice and offered in the unparalleled field location of the San Juan Mountains. It is led by preeminent snow safety and mountain professionals. Mountain Trip and SAS are proud to offer the most comprehensive, robust, and student-centered Level 2 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.
Additional Course Info
- Winter backcountry travel skills on skis or a splitboard are a prerequisite to taking this course, as we will cover terrain that moves up and downhill in variable conditions not found on a ski resort. (If you are looking to learn basic backcountry travel skills, check out our Intro to Backcountry Skiing trip).
- If you are snowshoeing, you must book a private trip as an individual or with a self-selected group.
- We have rental gear available (see below); however, we strongly suggest bringing and practicing with your own backcountry kit.
- Beacon, shovel and probe (and ski backpack upon request) – $50 for the course.
- Ski touring kit (includes skis, boots, skins and poles) – $200 for the course.
- Pre-course online materials and a mandatory assessment will be provided to students 10 days before the course begins.
- After the course has concluded, each student will receive a one-year Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue (CORSAR) card and membership to Friends of Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC).
We know courses can be cost prohibitive, especially for those living in mountain towns with a high cost of living. For assistance, check out the PI Avalanche Fund, which offers scholarships to individuals looking to further their avalanche education, and memorializes our good friend and former guide, Peter Inglis. Applications are now open for the 2023-24 season! Apply HERE.
If you have questions or are unsure of where to start in your backcountry progression, please contact the Mountain Trip office at [email protected] or (970) 369-1153.