Avalanche Awareness Week: Avalanche dogs in action

By Mountain Mama Feb 17, 2012
Meet Zak, Brighton's avalanche rescue dog. The dog days of winter is not all play as these rescue dogs undergo rigorous training to be job ready in the case of an avalanche.
Avalanche Awareness Week:  Avalanche dogs in action

When I started my project for Avalanche Awareness Week, I wanted to do a segment with Avalanche dogs.  My kids love them and everytime we are at any of the resorts, they have to point out..."there is a rescue dog".  Being part of the media, I've also watched demonstrations in parking lots of dogs doing their thing.  But, this past week, I caught up with a ski patroller at Brighton who narrated the dog's actions.  What was most fascinating was how the dog ran by all of us watching, including the kids, but didn't stop to play.... he had a job.

The Utah Avalanche Cener has such great information on their website and is a great resource for anyone heading into the backcountry.  If you think your kids are too young to learn about the backcountry, think again.  I've been talking all week with Emiy and Brennan about how we prepare and they have taken a lot in!