Wow, what a great experience! My adventure started out at 4:30am picking up Andy & Zeke from Park City Ski Patrol, they were going to be my travel partners. Our plans were to fly to Zurich and take a train up to the town of Andermatt where the dog school was set for training. Zeke was great and had no problems traveling by air or ground, we arrived late Friday afternoon with everything set up for us, we were not allowed to go to our room until we had a hot meal prepared for us. This was just the first of many great meals to come over the next week.
Sundance Ski Patrol would like to welcome John "Woody" and his black lab Angus as the newest level "A" team to the Sundance Ski Patrol. Woody and Angus successfully passed their level "A" testing at Deer Valley and are off to a great start!
One of the worst scenes a professional rescuer could respond to is a active avalanche burial. Just finding the victim can be a herculean task. Once the victim is extricated, the medical treatment of that victim becomes a priority. WBR Medical Advisor Dr. George Vargyas has reviewed the current guidelines regarding the medical treatment of the avalanche burial victim.
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.