The avalanche rescue dogs that Ski Patrol uses are rigorously trained search-and-rescue dogs and avalanche dogs. Outside of their rescue training, they undergo specific instruction for chairlift riding, socialization, and obedience. “Chairlift socialization,” or the training that rescue dogs undergo to be able to ride chairlifts, even begins as early as 8 weeks old!
Moreover, they are certified after training by credentialing organizations. As such, our rescue dogs aren’t just highly qualified work partners—they’re also highly qualified to ride chairlifts!