Dog lovers: Get ready to feast your eyes on the best-of-the-best pups and dogs of the mountains. Recently the Ski Utah Yeti interviewed several avalanche dogs at Utah resorts. . .
These four-legged partners are some of the most important employees on-mountain because they help ski patrollers keep the mountain safe! They are the professionals that help patrol teams respond to situations with greater speed and accuracy. Plus, they are great companions to have around for their patrol partners. From the little ones in training to the pros who have seen it all, this article has everything it takes to make any dog fanatic howl with joy.
Brighton Resort: Sugar Bear
Meet Sugar Bear, Brighton's newest avalanche dog, who turned one on March 15, 2016. She's been training hard since she was eight weeks old and will soon be old enough to certify with Wasatch Backcountry Rescue as a level A avalanche dog at the age of a year and a half.
What's your favorite song to jam to on the slopes? "Malia and I don't listen to music while we are skiing on the mountain because we are on the clock, and safety is our top priority."
Brian Head Resort: Miss Utah
What's your favorite song to jam to on the slopes? "'Bad To The Bone' by George Thorogood, 'Who Let The Dogs Out' by Baha Men, and 'Where My Dog At' by DMX."
What's the funniest or most interesting story/gossip you’ve heard on the lift? "A good dog never tells her secrets. What happens on the slopes of Brain Head Resort stays on the its slopes. Come meet me in person, and i'll tell you some juicy stories!"
Deer Valley Resort: Rooster
Deer Valley adopted Rooster from Nuzzles and Co. last March after he was rescued as a stray in Summit County -- how cool to have a rescue dog that is training to rescue people. He's working on becoming certified to work as an avalanche search and rescue dog around the Wasatch. He can find people buried in the snow and is working on finding articles. Rooster is really good at riding on snowmobiles, chairlifts and helicopters. Most importantly, he loves to work on the mountain every day. Rooster even has his own video!
What's your favorite song to jam to on the slopes? "'Move It On Over' by George Thorogood."
What's the funniest or most interesting story/gossip you’ve heard on the lift? "Piper told me that after 10 years on staff, I get Turkey Chili for dinner?"
Park City: Rogue
Rogue was awarded as Puppy Weekly’s cutest dog of the month December, 2016. She isn't just the cutest dog at the largest resort in the United States, she is the cutest dog in all of the United States. That’s right, all fifty of them. She plays well with people of all ages and skiers of all ability levels, making her the perfect ambassador for Park City Mountain Resort.
What's the funniest or most interesting story/gossip you’ve heard on the lift? "The other day an older gentleman told me it used to snow 2 feet in Utah at 3:00 P.M. every single day like clockwork from November 15th to March 15th. When I called the man out, informing him that there would be over 200’ of snow in a year, the man stuck to his guns. I pulled out my almanac, which I always carry with me, and the man told me that it must be a misprint. Myself, being the class act that I am, didn’t push the point any further but secretly remained skeptical."
Powder Mountain Resort: Gunny
This golden goes by the name of Gunny. He's a senior dog that's been working Pow Mow for a few years and has plenty of experience and knowledge in both avalanche rescue, and search and rescue. He will be retiring after this season leaving a legacy of three beautiful doggy ladies to take charge of the avi team.
Fun facts: Pow Mow chose to feature Gunny because will be leaving a legacy of three beautiful doggy ladies taking charge of the avalanche team.
What's the funniest or most interesting story/gossip you’ve heard on the lift? "The funniest story I've heard on the lift was when one of my colleagues, cough cough "Taylor!", pooped on the Ski Patroller Michelle's skis! Bark Bark Bark Ha Ha Ha!"
Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort: Frankie
What's your favorite song to jam to on the slopes? "Definitely 'I feel good' by James Brown."
What's the funniest or most interesting story/gossip you’ve heard on the lift? "Did you hear the one about the dog at snowbird? It's paws-itivly unbelievable!"
As Solitude's newest Avalanche Search and Rescue dog, Lumen recently celebrated her first birthday. During the winter you can find her working on her search and rescue skills near the new Ski Patrol shack at the top of the Summit Express chairlift or relaxing after a hard day at Solitude's Village bar, The Thirsty Squirrel.
What's your favorite song to jam to on the slopes? "The only song I listen to on the slopes is 'Yarmouth Road' by Mike Gordon because it sings about birds in the Honeycomb."
What's the funniest or most interesting story/gossip you’ve heard on the lift? "I have heard a lot of gossip when the lifts stop spinning at The Thirsty Squirrel. My favorite gossip is when other patrollers talk about how my handler Trevor is the best skier on the mountain. I once heard that Trevor skied a Black Diamond."
Sundance Resort: Lēif Rowëyn
Lēif Rowëyn (Norse for Descendent of the Little Red One, his mom was a little red shepherd) is an English Shepherd - often known as a farmers shadow because they can handle a variety of jobs on the farm. He and his handler, Shannon Finch, have reached the highest level of certification from Wasatch Backcountry Rescue. They are a level A team which means they are able to respond to an avalanche rescue outside the resort boundaries. As a team Shannon & Lēif continue their training as often as possible burying live "victim" volunteers in the snow and finding them.
What's your favorite song to jam to on the slopes? "Lukas Nelson's, 'All the Pretty Horses.' Shannon thinks he's attractive, I just like the song's melody."
Have you met Robert Redford? "Yes, just once, he mistook me for a Bernese Mountain Dog. Shannon told him I was an English Shepherd, kind of like a Border Collie."
Alta Ski Area: Fitzroy
Fitzroy is a yellow lab, two years old, and is Alta's newest avalanche dog. He started riding the chairlift and began search training with the Alta Ski Patrol when he was seven weeks old. Fitzroy takes his job seriously and was recently certified as a Level A Avalanche Search Dog through Wasatch Backcountry Rescue. He loves to find people under the snow!
What's your favorite song to jam to on the slopes? "Who let the Dogs Out"
What's the funniest or most interesting story/gossip you’ve heard on the lift? "I just found out Alta will be getting a new avalanche puppy next season!"
Ski Utah: Kicker
Kicker may not be an avalanche dog, but he is Ski Utah's favorite adventure dog. Only a few months old, Kicker has already been splitboarding, snowmobiling, winter-camping, skiing, ice climbing, rappelling and more. Kicker's papa is Ski Utah's blogger, Andrew Muse. Andrew is training Kicker to be the most adventure-bound dog of all time. To view more cute pictures/videos of Kicker and witness the thrilling escapades he and Andrew go on, check out Andrew's instagram! They are about to leave Utah for three months to go play in British Columbia and Alaska - have fun boys!
What's your favorite song to jam to on the slopes? "'Space Jam' for sure!"
What's the funniest or most interesting story/gossip you’ve heard on the lift? "I found out where they put the moguls in the winter!"
Check out the video below of Kicker snowboarding with Andrew. This puppy is already a pro and killing it at life.
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