Avalanche Dogs: Adorably Keeping Ski Resorts Safe One Ride At A Time!Ashley Maisano
Dogs that you may never have heard of before are working hard to ensure skiers safety. Ski resorts do the best they can to keep their customers as safe as possible from avalanches and any other danger. That’s where avalanche dogs come in. While they rarely have to go on a search, they are greatly effective when they’re needed. Without an avalanche dog, it would take a team of 20 people with avalanche probes around four hours to search a 2.5 acre area. An avalanche dog can search the same area in about 30 minutes, only needing his nose, not a probe.
Avalanche rescue dogs, like this adorable pup in the video, from Park City, Utah, begin training as early as 7-10 weeks old. They learn to detect and alert to any kind of human scent buried in snow. Aside from learning that, they also learn how to ride on ski lifts, snowmobiles, helicopters, and more. These smart dogs are truly heroes!
Take a look at Vail’s newest patrol dog, Jake, in training in the video below!