Add a large portion of snow, an equal amount of mountains and a dash of our favorite avalanche rescue dogs, and we found the perfect ingredients for a smile!
Everyone loves these four legged and furry friends that keep us safe during the winter. But did you know these interesting facts?
● The original avalanche dogs, St. Bernards, were used by 18th century Monks living in the Alps between Italy and Switzerland. In 200 yrs they rescued more than 2,000 men, women, children and soldiers.
● Breeds like Labradors, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers (including cross-breeds) with a strong hunting drive are usually great rescue dogs.
● One dog can search a hectare of avalanche terrain (which takes a human 4 hours) in only 30 minutes.
● Most avalanche dogs start training at 6-12 months of age.
● While friendly and cute – rescue dogs are working, not socializing unless the handler indicates so. Handlers work to guarantee the dog’s attention will be focused on two people only: the handler and the victim.
Below are some of our favorite Avalanche and Rescue Dogs from the 2016-2017 Winter Season!
1. Jiggs at Snowbasin
Jiggs wants to know if he will see you next week at the Snowbasin Avalanche Dog Fundraiser! There will be lots of awesome prizes for the free raffle and the silent auction. For a list of all the items check out the event on facebook or our website! All the proceeds will benefit Wasatch Backcountry Rescue! #snowbasinresort #skiutah #myogden @skiutah @visitogden #skipatrol
2. Watson at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows
3. Hattie & June at Taos
4. Lucy at Alta Ski Area
5. Josie at Sun Valley
6. Lumen at Solitude
Congratulations to Trevor John and Lumen on completing the Level A avalanche search and rescue certification! Trevor and Lumen received the certification last week after almost two years of training and a lot of hard work. @SkiSolitude now has four Level A certified avalanche search and rescue dogs on staff! | #FindSolitude #bigcottonwoodcanyon #saltlakecity #utah #skiutah #skicity #snowboard #snowboarding #ski #skiing #wbr