Peter Estin Hut

Rec Level 2 Hut Avalanche Course

  • Duration 4 days, 3 nights
  • Avalanche Courses

The AIARE Rec 2 avalanche course provides backcountry users the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills

The AIARE Rec Level 2 Avalanche Course develops an understanding of snowpack formation and metamorphism. Aspen Expedition’s customized instruction maximizes student learning outcomes as they relate to backcountry travel. AE has partnered up with the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association to offer the Recreational Level 2 Avalanche Courses in the ideal backcountry learning environment. These two-night, three-day courses enable all participants to experience backcountry conditions within the Hut system by using the backcountry huts as a base for the course and fieldwork.

The dates for our hut-based Level 2 Avalanche Courses are:

Students will come away from the course with the following information:

  • Snow Metamorphism
  • Surface Hoar Formation
  • Stability Testing
  • Observation Guidelines
  • Recording Standards
  • Understand the snow metamorphism process and how it relates to backcountry snow stability
  • Understand weak layer formation in the snow pack
  • Understand temperature gradient and its effects on snow
  • Make standardized observations and recordings for weather, snowpack and avalanches
  • Conduct snow testing and interpretation
  • Perform a rescue

This course is designed for those who have an interest in expanding their knowledge and understanding of snow stability and snow stability factors. It is ideal for snow safety and guiding professionals, people interested in these and related careers, and recreational practitioners and group leaders who are looking for advanced knowledge and skills.

Prerequisites: Students must have the ability to travel in avalanche terrain. An AIARE Level 1 Course and Companion Rescue Course are required before taking this course. Practical experience after the Level 1 course is recommended.

Trip Details


4 days, 3 nights


Some skiing experience necessary

Maximum Guide Ratio



  • AE and AMGA trained/certified guide 
  • Hut fees
  • Beacon, shovel, and probe (if you have your own, you should practice with it!)
  • Field book & student fees

Not Included

  • Personal skiing/riding equipment* 
  • Sleeping bag
  • Meals & snack food 
  • Guide gratuity

*Alpine Touring (AT) ski or snowboard equipment is available for demo at 50% discount from our partners Cripple Creek Backcountry

Trip Itinerary

Your instructor will send you an email prior with more information about the course, classroom instruction, and meeting location.

Weekend course:

  • Day 1 – 8:00 am: Field instruction
  • Day 2 – 8:00 am: Field instruction
  • Day 3 – 8:00 am: Field instruction
  • Day 4 – 8:00 am: Field instruction
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