Deer Valley

Deer Valley’s Ski Patrol is comprised of seventy full-time and part-time professional patrollers.  The resort encompasses six separate mountains with a patrol shack located on each peak.  Each mountain is staffed with anywhere from three to seven patrollers on a given day. The patrols primary responsibility is to respond to all in bounds injuries and requests for assistance, evaluate and mitigate all avalanche hazards and put in place and maintain all safety precautions necessary. The patrol also willingly assists with any backcountry accidents or injuries and offers medical, avalanche rescue, transport and extrication support as we are able.

Within the avalanche rescue resources the resort maintains are four working avalanche search and rescue dogs.  Piper is our oldest dog at 13 and is  "B" level certified.  She is handled by our Ski Patrol Director Chris Erkkila  The resort’s 11 year old black lab mix, Izzy, "A" certified is handled by Ski Patroller Jessie Thompson.  Ninja, is a 6 year old lab/pointer mix, "A" certified and is handled by Deer Valley Snow Safety, Sue Anderson. Rooster our 2 year old red-heeler mix "A" certified and is handled by Ski Patrol Supervisor Mark Chytka.  Both Piper and Izzy were rescued from the Salt Lake County Shelter after showing great promise during puppy testing. Ninja came from a farm in Roy and Rooster was rescued from Nuzzles.

All of Deer Valley’s rescue dogs are owned by their individual handlers but receive financial support from the resort in the form of food, medical expenses, funding to attend trainings and other miscellaneous training necessities. The training of the resorts rescue dogs includes both on and off mountain work as well as constant obedience. The dogs and their handlers have traveled to and attended various dog schools including Steven’s Pass in Washington state, and both Whistler and Kicking Horse in British Columbia and Switzerland.


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