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 Murphy is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and serves as the leader of Lola Digital Media’s DEI Committee.

She has been writing about hiking, running, climbing, camping, skiing, and more for seven years, and has been on staff at GearJunkie since 2019. Prior to that, Mary wrote for 5280 Magazine in Denver while working as an outdoor instructor teaching climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking at Avid4Adventure. Based in Denver, Colorado, Murphy is an avid hiker, runner, backpacker, skier, yogi, and pack-paddleboarder.

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