— Posted by Bert & Stella on January 24, 2013
Someone asked me recently why we have avalanche dogs at the Resort. Inbounds avalanches are rare, but are a part of the risk of skiing or riding on a mountain - in the event of a slide, our dogs are a great tool in our quiver to expeditiously recover a victim. The greatest risk of a slide occurs when a guest ignores a terrain closure. We put a lot of effort into maintaining rope closures and signage to avoid such mistakes by guests - but we have observed that when guests cross into closed terrain, it's almost always intentional. Our dogs are also available to assist the Sheriff with backcountry searches, but they're only released to help when there's additional dog coverage already on the Resort.
Much effort is put into controlling the snowpack in our avalanche terrain here at PCMR. The goals are to maintain a safe environment for our guests who may be influenced by that terrain. Snow science is not exact and conditions within the snowpack are constantly changing. But when our Snow Safety Director deems an area is suitable to open, that generally means the risk has been tested and determined to have been reduced to a level consistent with industry standards.
Patrollers have been caught in slides during avalanche control work. That's why we wear beacons, carry shovels and probes and ski strategically so that in the event we are caught, our partners can extricate us expeditiously. Our guests rarely wear beacons or carry shovels and probes. They may or may not have a Recco chip sewn into the clothing. In the event of being caught in a slide, a victim's chances of survival decline after 15 to 20 minutes. This is where the avalanche dogs are so important.
Stella trains hard and frequently. At the end of the day, she knows how to relax.
Stella would be upset if we didn’t include some dog trivia in this Blog.
Stella and I hope you enjoyed the Blog. We look forward to seeing you out on the mountain. Until then, stay safe and enjoy the great conditions we are experiencing now!
Official news and announcements from Park City Mountain Resort.
Originally from Washington, DC; Andy has been with Park City Mountain Resort since 2011 after being a lifelong PC visitor with his family.
Samantha is new to Utah, joining the Park City Mountain Resort team in 2011 as the Marketing Coordinator.
When he's not up on the mountain checking on the cams, Eric is managing the interactive marketing for Park City Mountain Resort.
Colette is Park City Mountain Resort’s social media coordinator. A lifelong skier, she joined the PCMR team in 2013.
Dave has worked in the ski and snowboard industry since 2000 and joined the PCMR team in the spring of 2014.
Park City Mountain Resort
1345 Lowell Ave
PO Box 39
Park City, UT 84060
© Park City Mountain Resort
Get snow reports, I Ride Park City updates, Snowmamas news, and more by signing up for our newsletters.Sign Up