WBR International Dog School

The WBR International Dog School is a four day training program open to all Professional Avalanche Rescue K-9 teams. The school is held every even-numbered year in January in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah. The WBR International Dog School is the oldest school of its kind in the United States.

The instructors represent some of the most experienced and highly regarded avalanche rescue programs in the world. These programs include Wasatch Backcountry Rescue, Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog Association, Swiss Alpine Club, Alaska SAR dogs, and the International Commission for Alpine Rescue.

Field and Classroom sessions are held at Snowbird and Alta Ski Resorts. The WBR International Dog School caters to rescue teams of all skill levels, and is a great opportunity to exchange ideas, experiences, and methods with peer rescue teams from areas throughout the US.


WBR 2024 International Dog School

Registration is Open for the 2024 School

Wasatch Backcountry Rescue is proud to announce that our International Dog School will return this 2024 winter season.  We are looking forward to being able to train and learn again in the Historic Little Cottonwood Canyon, the birthplace of Avalanche Dog Rescue in the United States.  

Dates: January 7th - 11th

Location: Alta Peruvian Lodge

COST: $1100 

Meals are included.

Accommodations: While WBR is excited to be able to offer the opportunity to come and train with us this winter, we will no longer be providing lodging as part of the registration fee. We will have rooms blocked out at the Alta Perucian Lodge for the school duration, and we encourage you to book your accommodations as you see fit. If you are accepted to the school, please reach out to the Alta Peruvian to secure your accommodations as early as you can to ensure your needs are met.  Dogs will also be welcome in the rooms and not left alone.  If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to WBR or the Alta Peruvian Lodge.  We thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.  (800) 453-8488

Apply online - Submit application form.

Apply by mail - Download and fill out the application.

When your have completed your application, please mail to:

Wasatch Backcountry Rescue
PO Box 980266 Park City, UT 84098

Applications close November 15th


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