Where the Pro 1 focuses on avalanche workers as team members, the Pro 2 is designed for those who are (or will become) operational leaders, such as: the lead in avalanche forecasting operations and guides or ski patrol leaders who will be responsible for risk management of a group or a team.
The Pro 2 is an advanced professional avalanche course designed to continue the education of
avalanche workers employed in ski areas, transportation, industry, guiding, and public forecasting centers. The course reviews best practices in avalanche risk management including data management and reporting, long term observation and documentation, risk reduction procedures, worker safety, and the development of strategies to limit the effect of bias and uncertainty on individual or team decisions.
Pro 2 courses run in close contact with different types of operations, including highway operations, agency forecasters, and mechanized operations. Participants have the opportunity to gain real time experience watching how professionals manage risk in each context. AIARE Pro 2 courses bring in guest speakers, adding depth and diversity of experience to the course. These include backcountry forecasters, highway forecasters, researchers, and educators preeminent in their respective fields. Pro 2 courses focus on participants’ skills in application through classroom and field exercises.
In order to deliver this high level course, venues are chosen that meet the demands of the Pro 2 curriculum; this requires diversity in access to operations, terrain, snowpack, and logistics. In addition to the venue, course timing is crucial to successful delivery of the course. Courses must be scheduled with appropriate timing for participants to complete pre course writing and assignments. The timing of the course must align with the operations with which they are connected. This allows participants to experience these operations in real time. And, like any operation in the avalanche industry, course scheduling is subject to weather conditions.
Operational scale avalanche rescue is not part of this course. The AIARE Search and Rescue (SAR) and AIARE Mountain Weather courses are electives and recommended.
Requirement for Enrollment
- Avalanche Rescue Course certificate.
- PRO 1 Course certificate (or equivalent).
- Two winter seasons (40 days or more) of relevant work experience supported by a reference from a supervisor. The reference must document the applicant’s experience participating in daily operational avalanche activities that require avalanche observation and mitigation; and document the applicant’s experience leading small team (companion) avalanche rescue exercises and participation in a multi team organized rescue exercise.
Pre-course Student Submissions
In addition to the applicant resume and letter of reference supporting both work experience and participation in an organized rescue exercise, AIARE requires the applicant to submit 3 drafted snow profiles from the current winter and 3 days of operational hazard forecast forms to the AIARE Pro Program Director.
Pre Course Assignments
Upon registration students will receive a document that outlines the written assignment, which is a technical report for external review. The report is to be submitted the first day of the course for a percentage of the course grade. The Pro 2 requires extensive written pre-course work, technical writing, and oral presentations.
Tom Murphy Pro 2 Scholarship Fund – More details here