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  • Title: Dog Drills at Park City Mountain Resort | Wasatch Backcountry Rescue
    Descriptive info: Dog Drills at Park City Mountain Resort.. Blog Home.. This past Thursday I had the opportunity to visit Park City Mountain Resort and observe some of their dog teams run through drills in preparation for the teams upcoming A and B tests.. For Bert and his dog Stella, it would be the last chance to practice before their A test the very next morning at Deer Valley, and for Hutch and his Golden Retriever, Calamity, it would be their first ever double blind burial.. I am happy to report that not only was Bert and Stella s practice drill an overwhelming success, but they went on the next morning to pass their A validation at Deer Valley Resort.. Way to go Bert Stella!.. For more on this team check out their Blog!.. Last, (but definitely not least!) to go for their drill was Hutch Foster and his dog Calamity, or Cali, as she s affectionately known among the patrollers at the resort.. Watching Cali and  ...   Stay in touch with all of Park City Mountain Resort s Avalanche Dogs on Facebook!.. All in all it was a fabulous day.. The dogs got out, did their jobs, played, and I got to learn something.. Yes, I even got to ski.. Lily, Calamity, and Zeke: Three generations of Park City Avalanche Dogs frolic in a meadow at the top of Pioneer.. Thu, 3/14/2013 - 8:55am | Posted by.. WBR Intern.. Avalanche Safety.. News.. Public education.. Resorts.. Volunteers.. WBR.. WBR Intern 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).. (31).. (28).. (27).. (24).. (22).. (21).. Seminars.. (17).. (8).. (6).. (4).. Date authored.. 2010.. (36).. 2012.. (19).. 2011.. (16).. 2013.. (14).. 2009.. Keyword search.. More options.. Related categories.. 03/2013.. 03/14/2013..

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  • Title: The Intern Spends a Sunny Day at Sundance | Wasatch Backcountry Rescue
    Descriptive info: The Intern Spends a Sunny Day at Sundance.. On a sunny Friday in mid- February I had the chance to visit Sundance Resort and spend the day with John Woody Woodruff and his dog, Angus, who had just returned from the Swiss Dog school in January.. It was great talking with Woody about the methodolody behind how the Swiss dig their snow caves for live burials during the four-phase avalanche dog rescue training.. Believe it or not, there s a great deal of technical expertise behind the construction of one of the caves they use for training, and even minimum dimensions (1x1x1 meter) so the caves actually  ...   ski patrollers at Sundance were incredibly welcoming towards me, and happily showed me around their resort.. Woody even treated me to an espresso in their mid mountain patrol shack.. Yes, these guys have an espresso machine in their shack.. Would you expect anything less from Robert Redford s Ski Resort? With few skiers crowding the mountain, and relatively soft, playful snow, it was a delightful day to explore one of Utah s hidden gems.. As the day drew to a close I was left wondering why I d never skied Sundance before, and also left wondering- when would I return?.. Mon, 3/4/2013 - 3:22pm | Posted by.. 03/04/2013..

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  • Title: ICAR | Wasatch Backcountry Rescue
    Descriptive info: Manuel Genswein Teaches Professional Rescue Class for WBR Member Resorts.. On Tuesday Wasatch Backcountry Rescue hosted Swiss Avalanche Guru, Manuel Genswein at Snowbird Resort.. Manuel came to teach a class for professional rescuers from WBR member resorts on how to best train their peers in professional rescue, as well as the general public in partner rescue.. I had the opportunity to sit in on his Train the Trainer session, and cannot speak highly enough of Genswein.. His teaching methods and techniques were both thought provoking and engaging.. Sat, 2/16/2013 - 11:00am | Posted by.. Add new comment.. Read more.. 2013 WBR International Dog School.. Nason and Ryan Audett, Stevens Pass, Washington.. On Sunday January 13, 2013, twenty eight dogs and their handlers checked into Alta s Peruvian Lodge.. Ski patrollers had travelled from resorts across the continental US and as far away as Alaska.. They were full of expectations, and were now buzzing with excitement in Little Cottonwood Canyon, ready and waiting in anticipation for Wasatch Backcountry Rescue s biannual International Dog School.. Leif and Shannon, Sundance Resort, Utah.. Thu, 1/31/2013 - 10:26pm | Posted by.. Upcoming International Dog School at Alta Snowbird.. Dog and handler teams begin to arrive tomorrow for Wasatch Backcountry s 2013 International Dog School.. The Dog school begins Sunday, January 13, and will host teams from accross the United States including Alaska, with some puppies attending as young as 5  ...   Canyon this January, as well as sending our professional rescue teams to train in Switzerland, Canada, and Washington State.. WBR is proud to host numerous avalanche clinics around the Wasatch Range that will be open to the public.. We hope these clinics will better educate and train backcountry users, resulting in a safer back country season for everyone.. Sat, 11/24/2012 - 2:39pm | Posted by.. Wasatch Backcountry Rescue in Andermatt - Update at the finish of training.. Day two of training for Andy, Tracy and Zeke in Andermatt, Switzerland, and from a short emailed update it sounds like they are having a great experience.. While Zeke was trained in our traditional "tug" reward, it sounds like he's adapting quite well to the sausage program.. No surprise there, I guess.. With 2 dogs starting training at Park City Mountain Resort this winter, we're excited to have Andy there to draw all he can from the Swiss program.. I hope to see some photos soon, and will update as soon as I do.. Update: 1-21-2010.. Sun, 1/17/2010 - 3:03pm | Posted by.. Park City Ski Patrol.. Park City Ski Patrol s blog.. IKAR Congress: Zermatt Switzerland September 2009.. This year the annual IKAR congress was held in Zermatt Switzerland.. Dean Cardinale WBR President, Dave Ream WBR Trustee and Dr.. George Varges attended annual congress.. Wed, 11/25/2009 - 6:23pm | Posted by.. Kevin Breedlove.. Kevin Breedlove s blog..

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  • Title: Manuel Genswein Teaches Professional Rescue Class for WBR Member Resorts | Wasatch Backcountry Rescue
    Descriptive info: During the morning classroom session, Genswein explained clearly and carefully why it s necessary to zig and zag over the entire search area when doing a beacon search.. He pointed out how, using simple geometry, small triangular areas were commonly overlooked when rescuers only traversed to the -10m point, as is common practice in the industry.. He also delved into the importance of covering the toe area of an avalanche path, and told a rather entertaining, albeit shocking story of a man named Andre, who, though buried with no beacon was able to make a cell phone call whilst buried  ...   us to listen to the analog sounds his transceiver was picking up, asking us, Is it perhaps only two? This kept my brain working, paying attention to the subtleties and differences in the analog beeps as he moved around.. I really liked how dialed in Genswein was, it s clearly evident he is passionate about alpine search and rescue.. And he s smart- this guy really understands the technology underlying the beacons we use today.. It s not easy to break down the complicated mechanics of transceivers, but somehow Manuel Genswein does it, and he makes it seem effortless.. 02/2013.. 02/16/2013..

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  • Title: WBR Teams Attend CARDA Dog School: Lauren Edwards' Blog Entry | Wasatch Backcountry Rescue
    Descriptive info: WBR Teams Attend CARDA Dog School: Lauren Edwards Blog Entry.. Ever wonder what it s like for the WBR teams selected to travel abroad and attend a Dog School? Here s Ski Patroller Lauren Edwards first hand account of her experience at the 2013.. Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog Association.. school.. This January, my black lab Tucker and I had the honor of getting to travel to Golden, BC to take part in the CARDA s annual winter avalanche dog training course.. We joined Matt Leri from Alta, and his yellow lab, Primrose, for a week long course held at Kicking Horse Resort in Golden, BC.. Airport travel with dogs was a fun adventure.. Since Tuck and Prim are both working avalanche dogs, we were able to have them in the cabin with us.. Escalators, moving walkways, lots of luggage, rental cars, and just travel in general through the airport made for some funny moments.. Tuck especially liked the moving walkways, putting his front two paws on the moving belt, getting slowly stretched out, and then realizing he had no option but to get on.. We left SLC for Calgary on a direct flight (Matt and I realized early on that it was key to not have stopovers in other cities with the dogs) and then drove about 5 hours to get to Golden, BC where the course was being held.. We arrived a day early so we could make sure we were there for the evening meeting the first night, before the course started.. Tuck and I were put into one of the intermediate groups with 4 other Canadian teams.. Monday morning, the first day of the course, we started off with group obedience at the base of Kicking Horses s gondola.. The senior CARDA instructors and RCMP demonstrated to the group what a wheel, about turn, about wheel, right turn, left turn, and stop should all look like with your dog at a heel.. Then they split the group (about 30 handlers and their dogs) into two ranks, and we spent the first 20 mins of the morning (and every morning after) doing group obedience.. I liked the formality of it, and the way that at the end, the every dog and handler would break out and reward their dog with a tug toy or whatever the dog s favorite toy was.. It made a formal obedience session fun for the dogs.. By the second day, whenever Tuck and I did an obedience session, he was sharp and completely focused on me and what I was telling him, because he knew at the end he was going to get his toy.. After our obedience session the first day, we all split into our assigned groups and went to our different sites.. Each person in our group was to have 4 scented articles, preferably 100% wool or really heavy fleece..  ...   bunch in preparation for CARDA, and I was lucky to have several co-workers at the Canyons to help me set up drills.. Thanks especially to Brett Jeppesen and Paul Santana.. Our validation day went really well.. CARDA s validation is different from what we do at WBR, the main difference being the use of articles instead of lives.. The validation consists of searching from the toe up, completing an interview, performing a hasty search and clearing the toe in under 8 minutes, looking for clues, having your beacon out in search mode, all while watching you dog carefully.. After completing your hasty search and reaching the top of the debris, you start a more calculated fine search with your dog, using the wind and where your dog may have shown interest in the hasty.. Tuck did great.. we completed our hasty search, found no beacon signal, and Tuck pulled one of the articles out straight away.. When we went into a fine search, we went back to the areas when Tuck had shown interest, and Tuck pulled out the two other articles.. We searched the site for about 35 mins, and he was still raring to go when we stopped.. I was pretty proud of him.. We did our obedience after the search validation, and found out later at the meeting that we had fully validated.. The next two days of the course, Tuck and I got bumped up to the advanced group, where we explored high angle rescue and getting lowered into a search site with your dog, glacier travel and searching with your dog while roped up, and some lift evac.. with the dogs.. Traveling roped up while having your dog search provided some great learning moments.. Whenever introducing something new to the game, the instructors made sure that the search itself was easy and straightforward.. When traveling roped with your dog, you ve got to have the dog roped as well, so they don t fall into a crevasse.. the technique basically involved shortroping your dog, and feeding out coils as they searched.. The high angle rescue day was also really fun to be a part of.. we got lowered down a vertical rock and snow face about 50 feet, and then we de-rigged, and searched.. Each of the 3 teams got two articles.. The course ended with a banquet at Golden s SAR building, where we had a great dinner and certificates were passed out.. Tucker and I are extremely thankful that WBR selected us and sent us to such a great training week, and especially to a place that has such high standards for their dogs and handlers.. We learned a lot, met some great people, and became a better team because of it.. Thanks to WBR and all the folks at CARDA for a great week!.. Wed, 2/13/2013 - 2:25pm | Posted by.. 02/13/2013..

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  • Title: Long Range Receiver | Wasatch Backcountry Rescue
    Descriptive info: WBR Little Cottonwood Canyon Interagency Training.. Slick.. that is the general consensus of the WBR Interagency training in Little Cottonwood Canyon on Friday, December 17, 2010.. The Interagency training was designed to facilitate the seamless interface of the several WBR affiliated agencies that operate as an cohesive team in the Wasatch Mountains of northern Utah.. Sat, 12/18/2010 - 3:21pm | Posted by.. Snowbird Ski Patrol.. Snowbird Ski Patrol s blog.. WBR Training Seminar with Swiss Avalanche Specialist Manuel Genswein.. Thu, 3/18/2010 -  ...   training session with the long range receiver in a mock backcountry avalanche rescue scenario.. Snowbird Ski Patrol, AirMed, and the Salt Lake County Sheriffs' Search and Rescue participated in the event.. The training was very beneficial to all parties involved and fostered the type of inter-agency cooperation that will lead to positive and effective working relationship in the future.. Here are the write ups courtesy of the Salt Lake Tribune, KSL, Fox 13, and ABC 4.. Tue, 1/12/2010 - 5:49pm | Posted by..

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  • Title: 2013 WBR International Dog School | Wasatch Backcountry Rescue
    Descriptive info: Presentations throughout the week ranged from helicopter protocols to canine first aid and avalanche victim assessment.. There was a night rescue scenario, coordinated with Unified Police Department where rescue teams were sent skinning uphill with headlamps.. AirMed.. and.. LifeFlight flew in on Wednesday giving each dog team an opportunity to fly into a rescue scenario.. Then they flew in again on Thursday morning to give the less experienced teams even more practice during the highway rescue drill.. Elbert and Matt McKee, UDOT/WBR.. It was an exhausting week for everyone involved, from the instructors, to the handlers and especially the dogs.. The dogs however seemed to take it in  ...   well the dogs behaved themselves.. Trailer and Seth Roller, Snowbird Resort, Utah.. As the intern I went in not knowing what to expect.. I was buried in snow pits, I shoveled, I tugged, I ran, I climbed, I skinned, I even got to ski a little.. Undoubtedly the coolest part of my week was participating in the highway rescue scenario overseen by WBR president, Dean Cardinale on Thursday morning, shoveling, observing, even being buried inside a car.. It was evident watching the teams work over the scene how far each of them had come over the course of the week.. Copper and Jamie Baker, Copper Mountain, Colorado.. 01/2013.. 01/31/2013..

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  • Title: Athletes Gather at Snowbird for 2013 Freeride Avalanche Summit | Wasatch Backcountry Rescue
    Descriptive info: Athletes Gather at Snowbird for 2013 Freeride Avalanche Summit.. Athletes listen to a presentation given by LifeFlight, January 7, 2013.. During the first week in January athletes gathered at.. for the annual Freeride Avalanahce Summit, hosted in conjunction with.. Black Diamond.. The Utah Avalanche Center.. This event, geared towards athletes pushing their boundaries in the backcountry promised to teach both practical skills as well as basic snow science knowledge.. Everything, from the initial meeting at the Black Diamond Store and presentation given by.. Pro Patroller Dave Richards on Sunday evening, to the wrap up on Tuesday afternoon, was first class.. I am happy to report that the UAC and Snowbird found the perfect balance between practical skills sessions, and applicable knowledge that didn t get overtly technical.. Participants had the opportunity to ski in the mornings before we settled down to classroom sessions, and in the afternoons we rotated between stations that varied from rope work and  ...   Tremper, Craig Gorden, and Trent Meisenheimer.. ,.. to the professional athletes who came out to teach such as Forest Shearer, Caroline Whitney, Brant Moles.. and Julian Carr.. If I included my fellow students to detail an entire list would read like a roll call at a professional ski event.. It s hard to pick one part of the program I d describe as being my favorite.. Coming to the realization that the leggy blonde I clumsily addled up to and asked to be my ski buddy on day 1 just so happened to be two time olympian Kaylin Richardson? Or was it Trent from the UAC telling Brody Leven to get down into the snow pit and start digging? Regardless, the one thing that I came away with is that these athletes are not only humble, but they are hardworking, and ultimately incredibly deserving of everything they ve achieved.. Wed, 1/30/2013 - 10:20am | Posted by.. 01/30/2013..

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  • Title: Brighton Ski Patrol's blog | Wasatch Backcountry Rescue
    Descriptive info: Brighton Ski Patrol's blog.. WBR Callout Millcreek canyon.. WBR responded to a callout for injured avalanche victims in Millcreek Canyon Saturday night 1/12/2013.. 2 victims were caught and carried by a large avalanche in the West Porter Fork Drainage of Millcreek Canyon.. One victim was fully buried and recovered by her partner via beacon search.. She sustained injuries and lost equipment including one ski.. and boot.. -10 degree temps, darkness and loss of equipment left victims in serious need of rescue.. Salt lake County SAR team responded on the ground, while WBR rescuers were flown to the scene by a Dept of Public Safety helicopter.. Victims were located, assessed, and flown out of the back country to awaiting EMS units.. This is a great example of the inter-agency co-operation in play in the Wasatch Mountains.. Great job team.. Sun, 1/13/2013 - 12:44am | Posted by.. Brighton Ski Patrol.. Brighton early season training and O S testing.. WBR Avalanche Rescue canine and handler teams gathered at Brighton Resort 11-07-2001 for an annual obedience and socialization test.. Teams from Brighton, Alta, Snowbasin and The Utah Olympic Park passed the annual test and exhibited strong skills.. Evidence of the hard work put in over the summer months showed in all the teams.. After the testing process each dog had a turn at 4 phase progressions ON SNOW, for the first time of the season.. Fri, 11/18/2011 - 1:21pm | Posted by.. Pfeifferhorn rescue 5-11-2011.. Members from WBR UDOT, Brighton and Snowbird responded with Salt Lake County Sheriff SAR to an incident off the pfeifferhorn peak in Little Cottonwwod Canyon weds 5-11-2011.. A party of two backcountry skiers fell while descending the NW couloir resulting in 1000 ft slide for life through the couloir and over a cliff at the base.. WBR teams responded on the ground and in the air with help from a Life Flight helicopter crew.. The two patients were packaged, transported to a landing zone and flown from the backcountry.. Wed, 5/11/2011 - 10:12pm | Posted by.. WBR, Salt Lake County Sheriff, Airmed Dispatch and deployment excersize.. Wed, 3/23/2011 - 8:04am | Posted by.. Canyons Resort avalanche rescue team validates @ Brighton.. Brighton Resort hosted a revalidation test for Canyon s Resort avalanche rescue dog team Dan Costaschuk and Linus.. The team worked hard for the entire 20min test scenario.. Dan and Linus cleared the path, finding two articles and one live victim.. Finding  ...   Avalanche Awareness Courses.. Brighton Snow Safety, WBR and the Utah Avalanche Center have developed this course to support education of Brighton Resort side country or slack country users.. The course focuses on Conscious decision making, Using UAC forecasts, Safe travel, Avalanche terrain recognition and management.. Brighton Snow Safety is committed to providing education to the staff and users of Brighton Resort.. We offer Brighton Backcountry 101 courses once a month through March.. Next course Feb 11th-12th, 2011.. For more info contact.. dodge@brightonresort.. com.. Mon, 2/7/2011 - 7:06am | Posted by.. Brighton KBYG Avy Awareness clinic.. On Monday Dec 13th WBR Brighton, The Utah Avalanche Center, and Brighton Education Program (BEEP) hosted our annual Know Before You Go Avalanche Awareness Clinic.. This FREE clinic is geared toward Brighton employees, and open to the public.. Presentations by the Brighton Patrol and UAC educate users about avalanche awareness, side-country use, and Brighton policies.. With over 180 employees and guests in attendance it was a fun and educational evening.. Thanks to The Utah Avalanche Center and Brighton Resort for thier support.. Fri, 12/17/2010 - 7:19am | Posted by.. Brighton night search, socialization and obedience.. Mon, 11/29/2010 - 9:39pm | Posted by.. Brighton WBR 2009-2010 Season.. As the season draws to a close Brighton WBR would like to offer thanks to all the volunteer professionals who make this organization great.. Brighton WBR responded to 15 backcountry incidents in the 2009-2010 season.. Three avalanche call-outs included.. Assistance of a buried avalanche victim recovered by his partner in a heroic beacon search, evacuation of a backcountry skier after losing his equipment in an avalanche, and a precision stabilization and evacuation of a severely injured backcountry avalanche victim with SLC SAR and Airmed personnel.. WBR Brighton personnel responded to 12 other backcountry recreation injuries in and around the Brighton Basin including skiers, snowboarders and even a snow mobiler.. Thu, 4/15/2010 - 11:21pm | Posted by.. Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dogs Association Dog School December, 2009.. During the week of December 13th through the 19th, Chris Hansen, and his chocolate lab Maizey attended the annual CARDA dog school at Kickinghorse Mountain Resort.. in BC, Canada.. Both Chris, and Maizey had a tremendous learning experience, and enjoyed meeting some of the people from the rescue community in Canada.. There were about 24 teams in attendance, split into groups of 4 spread about the mountain in different training areas.. Thu, 1/14/2010 - 8:18pm | Posted by..

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  • Title: Upcoming International Dog School at Alta & Snowbird | Wasatch Backcountry Rescue
    Descriptive info: The teams will have the opportunity to meet with veterinary and medical experts, as well as attend presentations from industry leaders such as.. Arva.. Ruffwear.. 01/10/2013..

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  • Title: Under Advisement: Avalanche Presumptions and Unnecessary Risk | Wasatch Backcountry Rescue
    Descriptive info: Under Advisement: Avalanche Presumptions and Unnecessary Risk.. When we travel into the backcountry we acknowledge that we are taking a risk.. Understandably, this is a risk that we must mitigate, or limit, to the best of our abilities.. This includes taking measures on the day of our tour, in addition to the seasonal, and ultimately life long acquisition of knowledge with regards to the snow, snowpack, and terrain across which we intend to travel.. We must strive to know not only the snow and the mountains, but ourselves.. Like most enthusiasts, few things get me as excited as the proposition of a bluebird powder day.. Unfortunately, the fact that the sun is shining does nothing to limit the avalanche danger in the forecast.. If anything, the risk of avalanches increases;.. Most avalanche accidents happen on the first sunny day following a storm.. Add all the people who are going to head to the mountains, and it  ...   travel in the backcountry of the Wasatch we are.. statistically.. more likely to become a fatality than anywhere else in Utah.. The good news? When you trigger an avalanche here in Utah, statistically speaking, you will only die 4% of the time.. Ok, now consider that between 1990 and 2009 the greatest number of Avalanche fatalities were reported in Utah during the month of January.. Check the.. avalanche forecast.. Practice with your beacon.. Use your head.. Be safe out there.. (UAC).. Remember, Beacon, Shovel, Probe.. Always.. Two thirds of avalanche fatalities in Utah as well as nationwide are not carrying basic rescue gear.. This indicates that ignorance is the leading cause of avalanche death.. These statistics are very similar to the number of drowning victims who don t wear personal flotation devices.. From the Utah Avalanche Center s Website.. Wishing you all the best a safe season in 2013!.. Wed, 1/2/2013 - 3:29pm | Posted by.. 01/02/2013..

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