AIARE Avalanche Level 2: Cody, WY

Location Cody

Season Winter

Difficulty Easy - Moderate

Duration 4 Days


Our AIARE Avalanche Level 2 Courses are designed for skiers, riders and winter alpinists who regularly travel in avalanche terrain. This course is open to both recreationalists as well as professionals, guides and Ski Patrol. Our 4-day course curriculum is comprehensive and balanced between classroom and field time. Fine-tune your snow pack assessment skills, learn the latest in avalanche science and build skills in leading others in avalanche terrain with the knowledge of how to perform companion rescue on small and large scales.Learning to negotiate the backcountry takes years of dedication and practice; Jackson Hole Mountain Guides offers avalanche courses and clinics to help you begin and refine your avalanche safety knowledge and make you a safer, more competent back country adventurer.

The Cody Avalanche Course field days take place 3 miles from the east entrance to Yellowstone National Park in one of the oldest recreational ski areas in the U.S. It is not a resort, but instead remote and beautiful backcountry. Visit to see for yourself.


Season Winter

Minimum Age 18

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AIARE Level II: Analyzing Snow Instability and Avalanche Hazard

Day 1 – JHMG Classroom: Managing the Human Factor, Mountain Weather, and Intro to Field Book Trip PLan Page, Seasonal Snowpack, Companion Rescue Review. In the Field: Beacon Wear and Care, 3 Function Check, Brief Review: signal search, coarse search and induction, fine search; Strategic Probing and Shoveling, Multiple Burial Techniques; Leadership

Day 2 – JHMG Classroom: Formation and Classification of New Snow; Snowpack Structure; Snowpack and the Environment; Metamorphism; Making Observations Relevant; Avalanches and Observations Reference; Introduction to SWAG and Recording Observations.

Day 3- In the Field: Tour with Observations (site selection, student field weather and snow profile observations); Companion Rescue Scenario (if time allows). JHMG Classroom: Recording Observations, Pit Profiles, and Using Yellow Flags; Comparison of Shear Quality and Fracture Character; Data Classes, Instability Analysis and Snow Stability; Trip planning and Risk Management for Small Groups – Discuss Terrain and Human Factor Solutions.

Day 4 – In the Field: Ski Tour, Beacon Range Check, Group Management, Communication, and Human Factors; Terrain Selection, Travel Techniques, Gathering Field Obs, Analyzing Snow Instability and Avalanche Hazard, Companion Rescue Scenario. JHMG Classroom: Debrief; Instability Factors Analysis, Review Field Obs and Human Factors; When were me most at risk; Course Close, Next Steps

For a complete class schedule and copy of the Level 2 Outline please CLICK HERE



AIARE Level I Avalanche Course: Price: $525

*Please inquire about our 2017/2018 winter dates*


Cody, Wyoming is located in the northwest quadrant of Wyoming, 52 miles east of Yellowstone Park. Cody is positioned at the intersection of U.S. Highway 14-16-20 and WYO Highway 120. It’s 100 miles from Billings, the closest large airport, and is several hours from Denver. The Yellowstone Regional Airport in Cody is the closest regional airport. The Cody office is located inside Sunlight Sports at 1131 Sheridan Avenue in the heart of downtown Cody. We are open every day from 8 am to 5:30 pm. The Cody office can be reached at 307.250.0763


Prerequisites for touring during our Avalanche Courses: For the field component of these courses, you must have appropriate alpine touring (AT), telemark or split-board equipment. You DO NOT need to be an advanced skier or boarder, but you should be able to ascend moderate slopes using skins and descend downhill effectively in a variety of snow conditions. Other required gear (pack, transceiver, probe) is available for rent from JHMG. Please call ahead for availability.

Cody, Wyoming, lies just east of the high plateau of Yellowstone National Park and is considered the park’s eastern gateway. Cody is located at the western edge of the Bighorn Basin, a depression surrounded by the Big Horn, Wind River, and Absaroka ranges. At the western edge of Cody, a deep canyon formed by the North Fork of the Shoshone River provides the only passage to Yellowstone’s Eastern Entrance.

The weather in the Big Horns are highly variable. Large temperature swings are always possible. Cold winters can normally bring lows of -40 °F (-40 °C). and hot summers can bring 100 °F (38 °C). The humidity of the air is usually 30% or less, which is fairly dry. Precipitation averages 9 inches (229 mm) of rain per year, making the surrounding area a semi-arid desert. During the summer months of June, July and August, if it does snow, it is usually brief and melts quickly. Such events are not frequent, but there are sudden and drastic shifts in weather conditions.

Wind is almost a constant presence in the Cody area and the Big Horn Basin in general. The air flow in the Basin is turbulent, but during the winter, most storms seem to move in from the north-northwest. During the summer, it is not unusual to see storms move in from the southwest. Throughout a normal day, winds can be experienced as coming from almost any direction, mostly from the north and west, but sometimes from the south and east. The Canyon at the west end of Cody seems to funnel rain and wind across the city from the west. The winds can be quite strong at 30 to 40 mph (50 to 60 km/h) and last for several days.Climbers take note: Cody enjoys about 300 days of sunshine per year.



  • Bottom Synthetic or Wool Long Underwear Bottoms
  • Shell Pant: full side zips and built-in gaiters
  • Socks: (1 to 2 pairs) synthetic or wool. Sized for your boots and blister protection. Liners recommended.


  • Gloves 2 to 3 pair: 1 medium, 1 heavy pair
  • Hat: medium weight ski hat
  • Hat: baseball or visor for sun
  • Balacava/neck gaiter


  • Back Pack: 30 to 40 Liter ski pack, Guide Pick: Mammut Pro Short Removable Airbag System Backpack
  • Water & Food: Thermos or insulated water bottles are best. Lot’s of snacks.
  • Sunglasses/ Sunglass Case
  • Ski Goggles
  • Extra Prescription Glasses/Contact Lens
  • Sunscreen/Lip balm
  • Headlamp-Extra batteries
  • First Aid: minimal-blister kit


  • Boots: Alpine Touring, Telemark, or Snowboarding Boots
  • Skis or Splitboard with compatible binding for boots
  • Climbing Skins (fit to skis)
  • Ski Poles
  • Helmet (optional)

SNOW SAFETY EQUIPMENT (REQUIRED and available for rent at JHMG)





  • JHMG knows there stuff! My instructors provided a wealth of knowledge for us to learn from and an awesome attitude that kept everyone stoked.

    — John Howland
  • Knowledgable instructors and in a setting that inspires.  I learned a lot during my course and look forward to putting my new knowledge to use exploring on snow in the Tetons and beyond.

    — Ben Weaver
  • Very professional! Excellent instructors with a wealth of knowledge and most importantly, they know how to facilitate growth of one’s mountain sense.

    — Clinton Culp
  • Very professional! Brian and Erica are wonderful guides, excellent instructors with a wealth of knowledge and most importantly, know how to facilitate growth of one’s mountain sense.

    — Clinton Culp

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