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Angus and I have been a team for nearly 4 years now at Sundance Resort. We completed our first Level A test at Deer Valley two years ago. We were excited to come off a great WBR dog school at Brighton and Solitude and head back to the Cottonwoods to test this year.
Thanks to the team at Snowbird for hosting our Level A test. We had a great test site on the back side of the resort in mineral basin. Angus was ramped up from the minute we loaded the tram until the time we loaded back into the car at the base area.
It was a quick traverse over to the test site where the sun was shining, but the wind was nowhere to be found. Half way through the test Angus got a very light breeze for a few minutes, but then it shut off again. Travel conditions on the site were great, so Angus was able to range as far as he wanted.
A patroller on exchange at Snowbird from The Yellowstone Ski Club acted as our shoveler. Angus cleared the site of all the live quarry on our initial pass down to the toe.
After we made our first pass down to the base, I put my skins on and divided the slope into three vertical sections. Angus and I worked up the skiers right side to the top of the path and then dropped down the skiers left side where Angus found the articles. We then made one more pass across the toe and then headed up the middle of the slope to the top of the boundary. We then made a quick pass across the full width of the path down towards the toe before our time expired. After Angus found the last article on our second pass down he didn't indicate on any thing else, so I felt confident in calling the area clear.
At the end of the test I gave Angus a big (well earned) reward of tug with an article, and a short game of fetch with his toy. Angus and I want to thank the Snowbird patrol again for setting up and hosting our test, as well as the Sundance ski patrol for helping us get tuned up for it!!!