It's hard to resist the cuteness of the hard working furry friends that are seen on our mountain. The avalanche dogs at Snowbasin and other resorts in Utah are trained to rescue people if there is ever an avalanche. These dogs are trained to cover the size of two football fields in 30 minutes. In comparison, to cover this amount of terrain in the same 30 minutes would require 150 trained two-legged searchers. All these trainings and classes are funded through the local non-profit, Wasatch Backcountry Rescue (WBR).
This past March Snowbasin Resort and Snowbasin Ski Patrol hosted their second annual fundraiser for Wasatch Backcountry Rescue in Ogden, Utah. The event was filled with live music from The Johnny Utahs, a silent auction with great prizes from a variety of local vendors, specialty cocktails from New World Distillery, and the biggest draw - meet and greets with all of Snowbasin's avalanche dogs.
Snowbasin Resort is home to five avalanche dogs Flint, Stash, Jiggs, Molly and the newest puppy in training, Slayer, who joined the team just days before the fundraiser. All these furry rescuers and their handlers go through two years of intense training, followed with annual classes. The funds raised for WBR, pay for the avalanche training and allow dog trainers to attend domestic and international dog training schools, backcountry rescue workshops, and snow science workshops. These schools help develop the experience needed for rescue as well as bring new ideas into the organization. In order to stay on the cutting edge of professional backcountry rescue, research, and training, it is important that both dogs and their human trainers receive the best education and training possible.
We want to thank everyone who donated products for the silent auction, their funds and their time to raise over $10,000 for WBR! If you missed this event, stay tuned for details about the next one.
You can always donate to WBR and learn more about Wasatch Backcountry Rescue by visiting their website.