It snowed on and off throughout the day yesterday at Arapahoe Basin, bringing winter back to keep the ski season going up in Summit County, Colorado. A-Basin stafftook their avy dog, Max, outside yesterdaymorning to work on his search and rescue skills. Max is a 6-month-old black Labrador Retriever owned and handled by A-Basin Patroller Dominic Vellone. Despite his young age, Max is already showing a high skill level in obedience as well as search skills and scent tracking. Good boy.
Avalanche search and rescue dogs begin their training by playing games like hide and seek, fetch and tug. By turning their drills into games, A-Basin’shandlers engage the dogs and get them excited to learn the skills that will eventually translate to search and rescue situations.
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area will remain open seven days a week through itsscheduled closing day of Sunday, June 7, 2015. So far this May, theyve reported over 23 of snow, with more on the way today. Although they havent announced any extensions to the season, if the snowfall continues through the month, skiers and snowboarders may be able to get some summer turns in