On March 22nd, WBR member resorts Alta and Snowbird participated in Utah's statewide day of giving- aptly dubbed Love UT, Give UT. WBR teamed up with Wasatch Adaptive Sports and The Cottonwood Canyons Foundation to combine efforts in Little Cottonwood Canyon.
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.
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.
The 2013 WBR International Dog School is now underway. All the dogs and handlers spent the first day on the snow at Alta and Snowbird despite well below freezing temperatures. Teams searched for articles, trained on obediance, and even found live burials.
As we enter our 37th year as a professional rescue organization we are excited to continue to work together as professionals serving our community, and educating and training the public.
We have exciting plans to host our International Dog Rescue School in Little Cottonwood 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.
Learn how to navigate the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache Backcountry safely with Snowbird’s expert guides. In this seminar you will learn how to use transceivers as well as mountain rescue techniques. If you have a transceiver, bring it.
Sue Purvis and WBR dog handlers, shared thier skills this week and the 20th Annual Worldwide Winter Wilderness Medicine Conference this week in Park City. WBR teaching skills are ever ready and extra fresh after the WBR In-House Dog School two weeks ago, and great weather made for fun in the snow.
The Canadian Avalanche Association hosted the first North American meeting of the International Commission of Alpine Rescue’s Avalanche Committee, held in Revelstoke BC from March 22-24, 2011. This three day conference brought together mountain and avalanche rescue personnel from around the world to discuss avalanche education, avalanche prevention, and search and rescue procedures.
If your able to attend, the 2010 Utah Snow and Avalanche Workshop (USAW) will be held in the intermountain's mecca for winter sports, Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday, November 6th. USAW is a great opportunity to glean some knowledge from professionals in the snow and avalanche industry.