MOTORIZED LEVEL 2 AVALANCHE COURSE + RESCUE. January 31st -February 3rd, 2020


  • Learn about trip planning & safe terrain travel-with Avalanche Science Situational Awareness techniques and AAA Decision Making
  • Learn about snow crystals development – Prepare yourself to be "facetnated" by down-to-earth explanations from a snow researcher!
  • Develop impeccable snowpit craftsmanship – through mentorship from a seasoned avalanche proffesional

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This is a 4-day REC2+ course.

This course includes AAA Avalanche Level 2 and the NEW AAA Rescue module integrated into Avalanche Science’s REC2+ course.

Prerequisite: completion of a  AAA Level 1 course,  1 year field experience post level 1 completion, a mountain snowmobile in good mechanical condition.

Pre-course material: 4-hour online

Course Format: 32 hours (4-day). One day of the classroom with three days of backcountry fieldwork.

Location:  The Last Resort.  14254 Salmon La Sac Rd.  Ronald, WA  509-649-2222

Learning Outcomes for the Level 2 Course Module:

1. Enhance REC1+ advanced training in avalanche companion rescue techniques with multiple victim scenarios and triage.
2. Review REC1+ concepts:
    • 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.
3. Become proficient with AAA SWAG nomenclature, snow/weather/avalanche observation recording. Understand SWE.
4. Generate snow pit hardness and temperature profiles. Relate season weather history with snowpack structure and layering.
5. Target standard and non-standard stability tests to various avalanche problems.
6. Competent in the application of avalanche release conceptual model and the integration of danger diagrams to asses risk in complex avalanche terrain during trip planning.

Learning Outcomes for RESCUE Module:

  1. Conduct transceiver functional verification at the trailhead.
  2. Understanding of the value and the function of avalanche rescue equipment.
  3. Demonstrate operation of a transceiver/beacon.
  4. Demonstrate professional level probing techniques.
  5. Become a reliable avalanche rescue companion.
  6. Comfortable executing avalanche single victim rescues with a team.
  7. Competent rescuer during two-victims avalanche scenarios.
  8. Demonstrate or identify the steps necessary to be able to complete a two-avalanche victim rescue in less than 7 minutes in a 50×50 meter area.
  9. Effective communication during avalanche rescues.
  10. Capable of generating Emergency Response Plans.
  11. Internalize that an avalanche incident is a medical emergency, and develop familiarity with potential injuries and potential medical issues common on buried avalanche victims.
  12. Develop awareness about the value of WFA/WFR/OEC/WEMT training.

Your Instructor:  Santiago (Chago) Rodriguez

Avalanche educator since 1996. Certified Instructor for the American Avalanche Association, AAA Pro 1 and Pro 2 Instructor, and AIARE Instructor and Course Leader. Avalanche Instructor Trainer for the NAtional Ski Patrol. Snow and Avalanche Researcher at the CryoGARS group – Boise State University. Geophysics Ph.D. Candidate – Snow metamorphism studies with Microwave sensors and Remote Sensing.

For ten years he has been  publishing, a well known resource dedicated to provide snow stability assessment, ski/riding conditions, weather and maps of Pilot/Freeman/Sunset Peaks as well as other locations in Central Idaho and Eastern Oregon.

His passion is sharing hidden pow shots with friends and clients, and explore remote backcountry destinations in Idaho, Colorado, the Andes, and the Pyrenees.

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