Thank you for choosing Sawtooth Mountain Guides for your avalanche course! This page will help you prepare and get the most from your course. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions!

Forms & Paperwork

Did you complete our online Client Information and Acknowledgment of Risk?


 Equipment List

Some notes on gear:

  • Alpine touring skis, telemark skis, or a splitboard setup are required.
  • Please make sure your equipment is in good working order and you are familiar with its operation. Instructors are always happy to offer tips for using your equipment, but time during an avalanche course is limited.
  • We require a modern, minimum 3-antenna beacon. We may be able to provide one if necessary.
  • Make sure your avalanche beacon has fresh batteries and that you know how to assemble your shovel and probe. We can supply avalanche rescue equipment if needed.
  • We recommend purchasing an inclinometer and snow saw – you will find these very helpful!


 Printable Map to SMG Headquarters
 AIARE Level 2 Course Agenda

Some notes on logistics:

  • The course will meet at 8am at the Sawtooth Mountain Guides Headquarters in Stanley.
  • Please show up dressed to head outdoors.
  • The course does not include food or lodging. Days typically run from 8am to 6pm.
  • If you need lodging, the Stanley Town Square offers rooms and condos above our Headquarters. Jerry’s Cabins & Motel a few miles down the road offers clean rooms at affordable rates. There are a few restaurants open in Stanley in the winter.

Course Material

We supply a spiral bound AIARE 2 Course Manual and waterproof Field Book at the start of the course. If you wish to review the manual or field book beforehand, you can download it below. Please do not share these links.

 AIARE Level 2 Student Manual
 AIARE Field Book

Terrain Maps

If you wish to preview and familiarize yourself with the terrain used during the field sessions, you can download the following topo maps:

 Galena Summit Map (Stanley Courses)
 Banner Summit Map (Stanley Courses)

Recommended Reading

 Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, Bruce Tremper
 The Avalanche Handbook, 3rd Edition, by McClung & Schaerer
Snow, Weather, and Avalanches: Observational Guidelines (SWAG) – Order a copy from the American Avalanche Association or view online

 AIARE 2 Pre-Course Exercise (please complete prior to the course)
 AIARE Level 1 Student Manual (useful to review if you did not take an AIARE Level 1)
 The Human Factor online series by Powder Magazine
 Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek by the New York Times
Avalanche Danger Scale Video by the Forest Service National Avalanche Center
Avalanche Problem Scale Video by the Forest Service National Avalanche Center
Avalanche Character Definitions by the Forest Service National Avalanche Center

Course Evaluation

We are passionate about providing the best avalanche course possible and are always striving to improve. At the end of your course, please complete our online course evaluation and offer any feedback you believe will help create a better course.

 Online Course Evaluation