Avalanche rescue dog school comes to Snowbird

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 10, 2011 11:22 am

Snowbird, Utah – 28 teams of highly-trained avalanche rescue dogs and their handlers from around the world have gathered in Little Cottonwood Canyon Jan. 10-14 for avalanche victim search drills, beacon searches, helicopter training and classroom sessions conducted by Wasatch Backcountry Rescue (WBR).

The weeklong training concludes on Friday, Jan. 14, with multiple stations featuring great visuals for the media. Training sessions include a highway rescue scenario with a buried car, a dog agility course, obedience and discipline training, a beacon rescue search and a helicopter transceiver search using new long-range receiver technology. AirMed and Life Flight helicopters will also be working with avalanche rescue dogs and their handlers.

WBR hosts the biennial avalanche rescue dog seminar, which features instructors from some of the most elite training and certification organizations in the world for avalanche rescue groups.

Ski patrol and snow safety professionals will be available for interviews and demonstrations of avalanche rescue techniques beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 14, at the Superior parking lot near Snowbird’s Cliff Lodge at entry 4.

Who: 28 teams of avalanche rescue dogs and their handlers.

What: Training in mock avalanches with AirMed and Life Flight helicopters.

Where: Snowbird’s Superior parking lot across from the Cliff Lodge. Take Little Cottonwood Road to Snowbird Entry 4.

When: Jan. 10-14; Media is invited to attend Jan. 14 starting at 10 a.m. Please RSVP to Jared Ishkanian at (801) 933-2047 or jishkanian@snowbird.com if you’re planning to attend.

Celebrating more than 30 years of service, Wasatch Backcountry Rescue is a volunteer organization made up of snow safety professionals and their avalanche rescue dogs from nine Utah resorts, UDOT, U.S. Forest Service, the Utah Olympic Park and Wasatch Powderbird Guides working with Salt Lake, Utah and Summit county sheriffs’ offices. WBR member resorts are Snowbird, Alta, Brighton, Solitude, Park City, The Canyons, Deer Valley, Snowbasin and Sundance. For more information on Wasatch Backcountry Rescue visit www.wbrescue.org.

For more information, contact Dean Cardinale at (801) 230-9089 or Jared Ishkanian at (801) 933-2047.