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Level 2: Avalanche Processes and Mindset (AvRec2) & Rescue Module

Level 2: Avalanche Processes and Mindset (AvRec2) & Rescue Module

This course is designed as the continuation course from the Level 1 for backcountry leaders and professionals, as well as high performing winter athletes and recreational backcountry skiers desiring greater skills and knowledge. The course has 32 hours contact time over 4 days and is split between morning and evening classroom sessions and afternoon mountain sessions that take the form of a backcountry ski tour from the boundary of a local ski resort. All participants should possess and be competent on ski touring equipment. This is an advanced course and it is a pre-requirement that participants have completed a Level 1 course or work in a winter mountain environment and have a solid knowledge of avalanche fundamentals. The course follows the AAA curriculum guidelines.

This course is run in conjunction with the AAA syllabus intensive one day Rescue Module, providing 4 days of avalanche training in total. This is an advanced course and the pre requirement is that participants will have completed a recognised Level 1 course or work in a winter mountain environment and possess a solid knowledge of avalanche fundamentals. The course runs on ski touring/ split boarding equipment. *NEW* If conditions permit we will stay at a high mountain hut on  the Saint Gervais Mont Blanc courses for one night. Half board is approx £60 and is not included in the above fee.


Click here for a review of our Level 2 course from March 2016 Trek & Mountain magazine: Level 2 Review

The course covers the following subjects:

Tour Planning: Weather and snowpack history. Trip considerations (abilities, goals, constraints). Decision tool review. Applied map skills (slope angle, alpha angle, route planning, decision points).

Processes: Metamorphism (Faceting, Surface Hoar, Depth Hoar, Melt Freeze forms) and instability. Skier triggering, avalanche release and assessing instability & spatial variability.

Observations and Forecasts: snowpack, weather, and terrain. Introduction to avalanche data recording. Stability assessment. Decision making traps and group dynamics.

Field Tours: Route selection. Travel protocols, group management and communication. Stability assessment via observations and test results. Test profiles (pit), and non standard snowpack evaluation: pole test, ski test, hand shears, through to Column Tests and Extended Column Tests (ECT).

Avalanche Rescue: This course fully incorporates the 1 day AAA syllabus Rescue Module. Advanced beacon one to one coaching. Group rescue leadership. Multiple burial practice scenarios. Probing, shovelling strategies, Recovery of victims not wearing beacons. Common mistakes in avalanche rescue. Multiple victim beacon search strategies & techniques. The role of relevant medical assistance and emergency response in avalanche incidents. Reverse triage.

Current course details:

France

Date of Course: January 16th-19th 2023 inclusive
Location: St Gervais Mont Blanc, France
Course Duration: 4 days
Cost: £650 per person
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