Level II Avalanche Class

Level 2 Avalanche for Rescue Personnel


This is an enhanced Level 2 course for ski patrollers or personnel of other organizations or agencies engaged in avalanche search and rescue who want to upgrade avalanche safety and rescue skills to a leadership level. It is a prerequisite for NSP avalanche instructor development and for professional-level training offered by other organizations.

This course covers advanced knowledge and techniques for hazard assessment and route selection, introduces avalanche hazard forecasting and mitigation strategies, and develops organized rescue management and leadership, including strategies for travel to an incident site and conducting both an immediate search and extended operations. It also includes incident/rescue documentation and development of avalanche emergency response plans.

Prerequisites: Level 1 Avalanche for Rescue Personnel course or refresher within the previous three years; at least one intervening year of experience is highly recommended.

The classroom sessions will begin on Tuesday January 28th and continue on Thursday January 30th in Claremont from 6:00-10:00pm. The first classroom sessions will be followed by the first set of field sessions scheduled for Saturday February 1st and Sunday February 2nd from 8:00am to 4:00pm at Mt. Baldy. The second set of classroom sessions will then begin on Tuesday February 11th and Thursday February 13th from 6:00-10:00pm. These classroom sessions will be followed by the second field sessions on February 15th and 16th from 8:00am – 4:00pm. The location of the second field sessions may be either Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resorts or Mt. Baldy. If we have limited snow, we may move the field sessions to the Mammoth Area. The cost of the class is $190 for patrollers and includes all books, materials and lift access. Please click on the link below to sign up for the class.


Fees: $190

Registration Link

Credential: NSP Certificate of Achievement

Continuing Education/Refresher Requirements: None

Instructor of Record: NSP-certified Level 2 Avalanche Instructor


Required Text:

Avalanche Rescue Quick Guide

NSP Avalanche Rescue Fundamentals

Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, by Bruce Tremper or

The Avalanche Handbook, 3rd Ed., by David McClung and Peter Schaerer

Optional Text:

Snow, Weather and Avalanches: Observational Guidelines for Avalanche Programs in the United States, by the American Avalanche Association and U.S. Forest Service

Snowstruck: In the Grip of Avalanches, by Jill Fredston



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