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The 2023/ 2024 Season is live!

Climbers of Color has partnered with Mountain Bureau to offer one AIARE Level 2*! 


This course is part of a 3-part series of “Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain”. The AIARE 2 course provides backcountry travelers an opportunity to advance their decision making skills in more complicated situations such as being a leader within a small travel group, traveling in more complicated terrain, and/or developing a travel plan where resources are scarce.

The AIARE 2 builds on the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in the AIARE 1 and adds to it the evaluation of critical hazard assessment factors. Students will describe and discuss weather, snowpack and avalanche processes, and identify how these processes relate to observations and travel within avalanche terrain.

Who Should Take this Course?


Those that have taken an AIARE I and have had at least a year of backcountry travel experience looking to go deeper into your knowledge of the snowpack, avalanche conditions, and trip planning.


*NOTE: These courses are limited to a maximum of 6-participants. Due to an insufficient amount of BIPOC avalanche instructors, we are offering a hybrid course with our partner, Mountain Bureau (MB), where CoC will proudly occupy 6 slots of a 12-slot course. Course field days will be spent with CoC Guide, Cal' Smith, while online sessions will be spent learning alongside MB clients and co-guides.

We acknowledge this is not the purest form of an affinity course; however, our options were confined to running programs in this style. If you have any comments, questions, or concerns regarding the sanctity of this affinity space, please reach out to Cal at We stand by such decisions in the best interest of these communities. We are proud, excited, and elated to partner with Mountain Bureau, who have demonstrated an earnest track record of advocating for the working guide, which CoC is comprised of and is operated by.

Dates & Locations:


February 7th, 10/11, Snoqualmie Pass


Tuition: $495.00

Prerequisites: Students must have taken an AIARE I (or have extensive backcountry experience), an AIARE Rescue Course is strongly recommended, bring appropriate equipment for traveling on snow to class, and organize their own transportation to the venue(s). There are no other prerequisites.

Scholarships: We have extensive scholarships specifically for this course. We strongly encourage Black and or Indigenous/Native community members to apply. Scholarships are 50% or 100% of course fees ($495). 

If you have any questions, please email

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