TETON VILLAGE, Wyo. — Before the lifts started to spin last week, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s (JHMR) avalanche dogs were already hard at work preparing for rescue operations in the winter ahead.
Workouts for a JHMR avalanche dog involve digging and honing their keen senses to stay atop their game. These hard-working, enthusiastic dogs train throughout the summer to stay sharp and ready for the winter season.
“Without any hesitation, these professionals jumped right back into action and look ready for another season of hard work,” said JHMR.
For years, canines have been useful companions during ski patrol rescue operations as they can cover more ground at a much faster pace than their human counterparts. For example, in about 30 minutes an avalanche dog can typically search 2.5 acres which is approximately the area of two football fields. To search the same area, it would take 20 people about eight times longer. Patrol and avalanche dogs are a crucial component to ski patrol’s search and rescue techniques.