It’s National Dog Week & We’re Thinking About Avalanche Rescue Dogs

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Avalanche Dog Duke at Mammoth Mountain, CA. Image: Mammoth Mountain

Avalanche dogs are the unsung heroes of the backcountry, the frontcountry, the sidecountry, anywhere that humans are buried in avalanches. Since the last week of September each year is designated as National Dog Week, it’s got us thinking about them. Next time you’re on the mountain, make sure to thank a patroller/avalanche dog for helping to keep you safe.

The Swiss St. Bernard is the original avalanche dog. Image: Zematt, Switzerland Facebook Page

The Swiss St. Bernard is the original avalanche rescue dog. They are also referred to as the Alpine Mountain Dog. They were originally bred for rescue on the Great St. Bernard Pass on the border between Italy and Switzerland. The earliest written records of these dogs being used for avalanche rescues was in 1707.

Our Favorite Photos of Avalanche Dogs:

Jake the avalanche dog at Vail, CO. Image: Vail Facebook Page
Avalanche dog in training at Keystone Resort, CO. Image: Keystone Resort Facebook Page
Snowbasin Resort, UT Avalanche Dog. Image: Snowbasin Resort Facebook Page
Avalanche dogs at Keystone Resort, CO. Image: Keystone Resort Facebook Page
Avalanche dog at Banff Sunshine Village. Image: Banff Sunshine Village Facebook Page
Avalanche dog at Mt. Cheeseman Ski Area, New Zealand. Image: Mt. Cheeseman Facebook Page
Avalanche dogs at Telluride Resort, CO. Image: Telluride Avalanche Dogs Facebook Page
Avalanche dogs at Heavenly Mountain Resort, CA. Image: Heavenly Avalanche Rescue Dogs Facebook Page
Donner Summit, CA avalanche dogs. Image: Donner Summit Avalanche Dogs Facebook Page

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