If the recent snowmaking and winter weather haven’t gotten you stoked for the season, maybe this video will help get you there; last spring, during a very snowy May, Arapahoe Basin recorded a “day in the office” of its patrol dog, Rio.
Rio is more than your typical 3-year-old Golden Retriever. She is also a certified avalanche search and rescue dog, a member of the Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment Team, and an employee of Arapahoe Basin since 2012. Her patrol handler, assistant patrol director Matt Norfleet, and her owners, Rob and Debbie Ware, have spent hours working with Rio to hone her obedience and elevate her skills as a rescue dog. Rio has become an example to others in the Avalanche Dog Training Program here at the Basin, and is one of our best helpers when educating our guests about snow safety and enjoying their day on the mountain.
Video production credit: Rex Lint, Big Tree Media
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