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  • Title: WBR Snowbird Beta Tests the New BCA Avalanche Airbag | Wasatch Backcountry Rescue
    Descriptive info: WBR Snowbird Beta Tests the New BCA Avalanche Airbag.. Blog Home.. WBR Snowbird and the Snowbird Ski Patrol in conjunction with Backcountry Access is testing the new BCA Avalanche Airbag System.. The backpack, the Float 30 Avalanche Airbag, was created with concept of keeping a skier caught in an avalanche on top of the slide in addition to protecting vital organs and preventing injury.. From BCA s Website.. Excavation time is by far the biggest contributing factor in avalanche fatalities.. By reducing or eliminating burial depth you substantially increase your chances of survival.. The Float 30 is the first airbag that is both affordable and easily reusable.. We use a smaller cylinder, single chamber 150 liter airbag, and super efficient venturi system to reduce cost and weight.. The airbag itself not only helps prevent burial, but protects the head,  ...   the opportunity to participate in testing this important piece of avalanche safety gear.. More information concerning Backcountry Access and their great product line can be seen here:.. http://www.. backcountryaccess.. com/english/home/home.. php.. Attached are a few pics.. Wed, 2/3/2010 - 4:33pm | Posted by.. Snowbird Ski Patrol.. Avalanche Safety.. Snowbird Ski Patrol s blog.. Comments.. Post new comment.. Your name:.. *.. E-mail:.. The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.. Homepage:.. Comment:.. CAPTCHA.. This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.. Click a term to initiate a search.. Categories.. (32).. WBR.. (31).. Public education.. (28).. News.. (27).. (24).. (22).. Resorts.. (21).. Seminars.. (17).. Volunteers.. (8).. (6).. (4).. Date authored.. 2010.. (36).. 2012.. (19).. 2011.. (16).. 2013.. (14).. 2009.. Keyword search.. More options.. Related categories.. 02/2010.. 02/03/2010..

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  • Title: WBR Callout 1.21.2010 | Wasatch Backcountry Rescue
    Descriptive info: WBR Callout 1.. 21.. 2010.. On 1.. 2010 Wasatch Backcountry Rescue was activated by the Salt Lake County Sherriff’s office to rescue a skier who was caught in a slide and subsequently injured off Cardiff Peak in Little Cottonwood Canyon.. The first report occurred at 1313 and the rescue was concluded with the rescue team back at Alta at 1610.. Two skiers were climbing the east ridge of Cardiff Peak from Cardiff Pass.. One skier stopped to put on a jacket but it was taken from his hands in the wind and deposited on the steep north facing slope below them.. The skier ventured onto the slope to retrieve the jacket and triggered an avalanche which carried him over the cliffs below and into Cardiff Fork in Big Cottonwood.. A Utah Department Of Transportation Avalanche Forecaster was nearby and responded, after skinning up to Cardiff Pass from the Little Cottonwood Side.. The UDOT forecaster skied down to the victim and began an assessment.. An off duty Snowbird Ski Patroller who was ski touring nearby, arrived on scene after she received a phone call alerting her of the accident.. The patient was on the surface of the avalanche debris and had a friend with him that informed  ...   the rescue team placed patient on oxygen and placed him on a backboard and packaged him for transport.. The patient was transported 200’ to the landing zone in a portable toboggan.. The team packed down the snow in the landing zone for the ship and lit a smoke flare to help the pilot gauge the winds and see the landing.. The helicopter then returned and the team assisted the Airmed crew in loading the patient into the ship.. The patient was flown to University Hospital and the four rescuers and the friend of the injured person skinned back to Cardiff Pass and descended to the Town of Alta.. WBR wants to thank Alta Ski Patrol, Snowbird Ski Patrol, Utah Department of Transportation, University of Utah AirMed, and the Salt Lake County Sherriff’s Office for their efforts in making this backcountry rescue as safe and successful as they come.. The level of professionalism exhibited in the cooperation of these agencies is clear evidence that WBR is the premier backcountry rescue organization in the United States.. As quoted by the rescue site commander concerning the team “Really strong, really good with the rescue gear, really safe in the situation.. ”.. Tue, 1/26/2010 - 5:30pm | Posted by.. 01/2010.. 01/26/2010..

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  • Title: WBR 4-Phase Training at Alta | Wasatch Backcountry Rescue
    Descriptive info: WBR 4-Phase Training at Alta.. On Friday, January 8th, Alta Ski Area hosted a training session for twelve WBR avalanche rescue dogs and their handlers.. The training was based on the Swiss four phase progression method.. The teams participated in a brief socialization and classroom session followed by four hours of field work.. Each participant had the opportunity to play each role in the progression - instructor, shoveler, and victim.. In past years, Alta Ski Patroller  ...   and understood the importance of teaching the skills they learned in Europe to their fellow WBR dog teams.. WBR promotes the continuing education of its members by incorporating training curriculums and strategies from other organizations in the United States as well as world wide.. It is this organizational structure within WBR that allows the participants to take this type of valuable training back to their respective home ski areas.. Sun, 1/17/2010 - 4:53am | Posted by.. 01/17/2010..

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  • Title: CARDA Report | Wasatch Backcountry Rescue
    Descriptive info: CARDA Report.. This December, G.. J.. Stone and his black lab Voodoo, who are a WBR certified A team had the opportunity to attend Kicking Horse resort in Golden BC for a week long rescue dog training course with CARDA.. Learning focused on the CARDA validation process that includes: A first on scene rapid rescue scenario, article searches, and obedience.. Additional learning also included proper use of buried articles to train the dogs to indicate on human scent.. Evenings were spent discussing various aspects of avalanche rescue, including case studies of local accidents, incident command structure, and radio communication.. CARDA criteria for validation:.. Site: 100 metre x100 metre..  ...   has been buried shallow at 25 to 50cm deep.. This is the initial rapid rescue search.. Next the team is expected to work the site for 45 min.. and find at least one of two articles that were buried 24 hours prior at 80cm deep.. Obedience criteria for validation:.. The dog team must perform: 5 min down stay, down on recall, fetch with 30 sec hold, and finish at a heel.. It was a great learning experience and a lot of ideas were brought back to our dog program at The Canyons.. Thu, 1/14/2010 - 12:50pm | Posted by.. The Canyons Ski.. The Canyons Ski Patrol s blog.. 01/14/2010..

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  • Title: Jackson Hole Ski Patroller Buried in Avalanche | Wasatch Backcountry Rescue
    Descriptive info: Jackson Hole Ski Patroller Buried in Avalanche.. Tuesday at approximately 8:26 am one of our Brothers, longtime Jackson Hole Ski Patroller, Mark “Big Wally” Wolling, was buried in an avalanche.. Mark was performing avalanche mitigation work inside the resort when he was apparently caught and swept over a cliff and subsequently buried under six feet of avalanche debris.. Mark was quickly transported to the base  ...   he is in the Intensive Care Unit.. Our hearts and prayers go out to Mark and his family.. The brotherhood in this profession is strong and on behalf of the members of Wasatch Backcountry Rescue we are praying for a safe recovery for Mark and send our love and support to his crew and loved ones.. SSP.. Thu, 1/7/2010 - 11:42am | Posted by.. 01/07/2010..

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  • Title: The Canyons Rescue Training Center | Wasatch Backcountry Rescue
    Descriptive info: The Canyons Rescue Training Center.. The Canyons Rescue Training Center is up and running in it's new home.. It took a little while longer than we hoped, but we finally got enough snow to bury the targets and open it up.. It is currently located at Mid Mountain on the Chicane ski run - about 100 Yards  ...   stop and do a few quick drills to keep your skills sharp on your way to Tombstone and beyond, or use it to learn your beacon and hone your skills.. Stay tuned for beacon seminars later this month.. CSP.. Sun, 1/3/2010 - 5:39pm | Posted by.. Submitted by Kevin Breedlove on Wed, 2010-09-15 11:13.. Looks awesome!.. reply.. 01/03/2010..

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  • Title: European avalanches kill seven, also lead to Recco save. | Wasatch Backcountry Rescue
    Descriptive info: European avalanches kill seven, also lead to Recco save.. [Avalanche control workers ski checking the Gad Valley White Pine Ridge].. A series of avalanches this season in Europe have led to several fatalities as well as a documented avalanche rescue utilizing the Recco technology.. From the Guardian.. uk: "Seven people have been killed in a string of deadly avalanches in the Italian Alps.. The bodies of the victims, including four rescuers, were being recovered today.. A German boy hit by one of the avalanches while snow-boarding off-piste is fighting for his life at a hospital in Bolzano.. The rescuers died in the Val Lasties area of the Dolomites, east of Bolzano.. Members of a party of seven expert mountaineers, they had climbed to 2,000 meters in search of two Italian tourists who had ventured into the area on snow shoes and been struck by the first of the avalanches.. The group reached a mountain refuge on Saturday night and set off again in the dark when they were caught in an avalanche as they were descending the mountain.. One of the survivors raised the alarm.. The bodies of the two tourists were located by a bigger expedition consisting of tracker dogs and 40 rescuers, including members of the fire brigade and the paramilitary Carabinieri.. In the mountains west of Bolzano, a third avalanche struck three young Germans after they left the ski runs near Malga Madriccio to take a well-trodden shortcut across the slopes above 3,000 meters.. A 12 year-old boy was found dead below the snow, his older brother survived unharmed and their injured friend was taken to hospital by helicopter.. None had been carrying a beacon or other location-indicating device, hampering rescue efforts.. ".. Interesting, it is being reported that in France a woman was buried by an avalanche for over 20 minutes and was located and recovered by rescuers using Recco technology.. From Recco: "On Tuesday, December 22nd, the Valmorel ski patrol used a RECCO detector to locate an off-piste skier buried under at least 1 meter of snow.. At about midday the English skier and her brother  ...   system is not a substitute for an avalanche rescue beacon.. Complementary in function, the system is an additional tool for rescue teams that does not interfere with avalanche dogs, beacon searches or probe lines.. The RECCO system facilitates a faster organized search and increases the chances of being found in time.. [Factory installed Recco reflector].. [Recco reflector in ski boots].. One of the keys to avalanche survival is in the event of burial, make your self easy to find.. [Recco detector in use].. Snowbird ski area has utilized Recco technology for avalanche rescue since 1996.. There are four detectors at Snowbird that patrollers employ to detect skiers who have reflectors either sewn into their clothing, or affixed to their boots or helmets.. Patrollers constantly train with the Recco detectors as a part of their hasty search protocols.. Last year Snowbird Ski Patrol started using the new R9, state of the art, Recco detector.. The R9 has both Recco and 457MhZ avalanche transceiver search capabilities and is the fastest, lightest device of its kind in the world.. For more information on Recco go to:.. http://recco.. com/startsida/index.. asp.. There are several ski apparel and gear manufacturers who are including Recco reflectors in their products.. Another alternative is to purchase the reflectors separately and affix them with their self adhesive strip to either to your ski boots or helmet.. DO NOT affix the Recco strips to your skis or poles.. In the event of a burial we don't want to go looking for you and only find your ski.. with no skier attached!.. Again, Recco is not a replacement for a avalanche transceiver and proper training.. If you are interested in purchasing reflectors this season, Snowbird ski patrol has them for sale in either hidden peak dispatch or snow safety.. They are sold in pairs for a nominal fee of $25.. 00.. The proceeds go towards the Snowbird Ski Patrol fund which sponsors philanthropic projects such as adopting orphanages in Africa, The Make A Wish Foundation, Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps.. and many others.. Stay Avy Safe.. SSP.. Sun, 1/3/2010 - 7:04am | Posted by..

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  • Title: WBR Snowbird teaches kindergarteners about avalanche safety, kids raise money for avy dogs! | Wasatch Backcountry Rescue
    Descriptive info: WBR Snowbird teaches kindergarteners about avalanche safety, kids raise money for avy dogs!.. On December 15, 2009 WBR Snowbird traveled to the Jewish Community Center kindergarten class for a educational talk on avalanche safety, avalanche dogs, and the mission of Wasatch Backcountry Rescue.. The class was very enthusiastic about the avy dogs and were very excited to see WBR President Dean Cardinale and avy  ...   sale and raised $500.. 00 to present to WBR as a donation for the training of WBR's avalanche dogs.. We thank the Jewish Community Center kindergarten class for their enthusiasm, hard work, and the generous donation that will go a long way towards training some of the best avalanche rescue dogs in the world.. Thanks guys!.. Tue, 12/29/2009 - 6:00pm | Posted by.. 12/2009.. 12/29/2009..

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  • Title: Backcountry Skills Seminar: WBR Snowbird | Wasatch Backcountry Rescue
    Descriptive info: Backcountry Skills Seminar: WBR Snowbird.. Saturday, December 19.. th.. WBR Snowbird in conjunction with the Snowbird Ski Patrol and the Snowbird activities center, taught a six hour backcountry skills seminar at Snowbird Utah.. The weather was perfect and the participants were able to receive both classroom as well as field instruction on many important winter backcountry skills.. The participants were instructed on such topics as: safe winter travel, snow evaluation, snow science, avalanche transceiver use and mountain rescue techniques.. WBR Snowbird and the Snowbird activities center will teach the next backcountry skill seminars on these dates: December 19, 2009;  ...   m.. till 4:00 p.. m and there is a 40.. 00 tuition fee for the course.. In addition to the backcountry skills seminar, WBR Snowbird also teaches a free one hour beacon clinic which covers basic avalanche transceiver search and mountain rescue techniques and is open to beginners as well as anyone who wants to brush up on their beacon search skills.. For more information or if you are interested in attending the next backcountry skills seminar or free avalanche transceiver skills clinic contact the Snowbird Activities center:.. www.. snowbird.. com/events/winteractivities.. html.. Sun, 12/20/2009 - 6:15pm | Posted by.. 12/20/2009..

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  • Title: Snowbird Rescue Training Center 2009/2010 (Pics Updated 12/29) | Wasatch Backcountry Rescue
    Descriptive info: Snowbird Rescue Training Center 2009/2010 (Pics Updated 12/29).. The Rescue Training Center (RTC) in Little Cottonwood Canyon is up and running for the season.. Snowbird Ski Patrollers set up and tested the training center today.. The Snowbird Freeride Avalanche Summit 2009 attendees were the first out at the RTC this season practicing their transceiver search skills.. With over 40 inches in the last week it is a great pre ski activity to refresh yourselves with transceiver search and probing practice and the RTC is a worthwhile venue to sharpen your avy rescue skills.. The RTC is free of charge and open to the general public.. The person using the  ...   a signal.. The searcher will then search and probe to strike the target.. The control panel will log the search time and a light and siren will go off to let the searcher know that they made a find.. The searcher can continue to search for the other targets up to a total of 4.. To get to the RTC go up Little Cottonwood Canyon to Snowbird Entry 4, the RTC is located just east of the Cliff lodge and south of the superior parking lot on the old tubing hill just below the Powderbird's Heli-port.. Ride smart.. be educated.. be safe!.. Thu, 12/17/2009 - 11:13pm | Posted by.. 12/17/2009..

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  • Title: WBR Training at the UOP | Wasatch Backcountry Rescue
    Descriptive info: WBR Training at the UOP.. On October 14th, the Utah Olympic Park hosted the first obedience test of the 2009/2010 season.. Fourteen area Avalanche Dog teams attended from seven Utah resorts.. In addition to the obedience testing, LifeFlight was on site for the morning to practice loading procedures with the Dog Teams.. With Sue Anderson (Deer Valley) and Jake Hutchinson (The Canyons) evaluating, each dog team was put through their paces in socialization and obedience.. For socialization, the dogs were allowed an off-leash “play” period where they interact with the other dogs under supervision.. The socialization period allows the dogs to familiarize themselves with the  ...   evaluated on obedience.. Each team had to demonstrate proficiency in comes, stays, and heels.. A dog that performs well in these basic obedience drills helps to keep the dog safe while working in a potentially dangerous environment.. To finish off the day, LifeFlight gave a helicopter safety orientation to the Dog Teams.. Each Team then practiced “hot load” procedures in the helicopter and were taken for a short flight around Kimball Junction.. I would like to give a huge “thanks” to LifeFlight for donating their time and resources to the WBR!.. Tue, 11/24/2009 - 12:54pm | Posted by.. Kevin Breedlove.. Kevin Breedlove s blog.. 11/2009.. 11/24/2009..

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