AS Level 2 (December 21-23, 2020)
This is a 3-day Avalanche Science Level 2 course. Dates listed correspond to classroom and field days. The Internet-ZOOM classroom sessions will be communicated once participants register.
Avalanche Science Level 2+ is also a Level 1 refresher!
Course space is limited. Register ASAP to reserve your space. Avalanche Science courses are closed with 6 participants.
Prerequisite: Able to ski powder snow and familiar with ski touring (on skis or split-board) equipment.
Pre-course material: 4-hour online
Course Format: One 6-hour internet-ZOOM classroom sessions scheduled from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Two days of fieldwork and backcountry ski touring.
Learning Outcomes for AS Level 2:
- Recognize avalanche terrain, develop a systematic method for avalanche risk assessment, and execute safe travel plans.
- Science of snow crystals, metamorphism, and slab avalanche fracture mechanics.
- Understand the impact of weather in the snowpack. Track precipitation, wind, and temperature critical thresholds driving stability.
- Reliable identification of slab and weak layer structures in snow pits. Characterize snowpack structure reactivity with basic stability tests.