Deer Valley’s Ski Patrol is comprised of seventy full-time and part-time professional patrollers. The resort encompasses six separate mountains with a patrol shack located on each peak. Each mountain is staffed with anywhere from three to seven patrollers on a given day. The patrols primary responsibility is to respond to all in bounds injuries and requests for assistance, evaluate and mitigate all avalanche hazards and put in place and maintain all safety precautions necessary. The patrol also willingly assists with any backcountry accidents or injuries and offers medical, avalanche rescue, transport and extrication support as we are able.
Within the avalanche rescue resources the resort maintains are three working avalanche search and rescue dogs. Lila is our retired "PR" dog who is on the mountain occasionally, she is a 14 year old black lab. Piper, is the oldest working dog she is a 9 year old Shepard mix, and is handled by Assistant Patrol Director, Chris Erkkila. The resort’s 7 year old black lab mix, Izzy, is handled by Deer Valleys Rescue Dog Coordinator, Jessie Thompson. Ninja, the youngest dog is two years old, a lab/pointer mix, and is handled by Deer Valley Snow Safety, Sue Anderson. Both Piper and Izzy were rescued from the Salt Lake County Shelter after showing great promise during puppy testing and Ninja came from a farm in Roy.
All of Deer Valley’s rescue dogs are owned by their individual handlers but receive financial support from the resort in the form of food, medical expenses, funding to attend trainings and other miscellaneous training necessities. The training of the resorts rescue dogs includes both on and off mountain work as well as constant obedience. The dogs and their handlers have traveled to and attended various dog schools including Steven’s Pass in Washington state, and both Whistler and Kicking Horse in British Columbia.