WBR International Dog School

The WBR International Dog School is a four day training program open to all Avalanche Rescue K-9 teams. The school is held every odd-numbered year in January in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah. The WBR International Dog School is the oldest school of its kind in the United States.

The instructors represent some of the most experienced and highly regarded avalanche rescue programs in the world. These programs include Wasatch Backcountry Rescue, Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog Association, Swiss Alpine Club, Alaska SAR dogs, and the International Commission for Alpine Rescue.

Field and Classroom sessions are held at Snowbird and Alta Ski Resorts. The WBR International Dog School caters to rescue teams of all skill levels, and is a great opportunity to exchange ideas, experiences, and methods with peer rescue teams from areas throughout the US.


 Applications are now being accepted for the International Wasatch Backcountry Rescue Dog School 2019.


January 13th - 17th, 2019. Participants will arrive between 1:00 and 5:00 pm on Sunday. We will begin with dinner followed by a course introduction and outline of the week, and the course will end late Thursday afternoon.


Classroom and Field session will be held between Alta and Snowbird Ski Resorts, located in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah.


$1,000.00 per team or course attendant.

Accommodations and meals:

Lodging and meals provided while attending the course. Starting with arrival on Sunday, January 13th and departing late afternoon, Thursday, January 17th with accommodations at the Peruvian Lodge. Breakfast and dinner will be served daily, with bag lunches provide to be taken into the field.

A detailed course outline, with directions and gear list, will be sent out to all accepted participants. If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact us.


To apply for the 2019 WBR International Rescue Dog School, download and fill out the application here.

Scholarship Information:

The National Ski Patrol and Subaru have teamed up to offer scholarships to 5 select dog/handler teams. After applying to the WBR school, fill out the application in the link below! The deadline to apply is October 12th.


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