It’s National Dog Day: Say Hello to This Ski Resort’s Youngest Avalanche Dog

You can thank the ski staff at Arapahoe Basin for this daily dose of dog cuteness.

It’s National Dog Day! Go hug your pup (or a friend’s), and then be sure to celebrate with this video. The ski safety and rescue team at Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin has a new team member: meet Penny.

Penny is a golden retriever, and judging by her youthful puppy looks, maybe only 3-4 months old. However, she’s already in school for avalanche training!

Ski patrol teams frequently use avalanche dogs — trained working dogs — to assist with avalanche rescues and backcountry safety searches. A Basin’s dogs (and hopefully, Penny later) are certified through the Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment center. As of 2019, A Basin had five dogs on staff.

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Mary Murphy

Mary is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and is based in GearJunkie's Denver, Colo. office. She has a degree in English and journalism, and has a background in both newspaper and magazine writing. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to skiing to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.

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