CARDA hosts big avalanche dog training meet

The Revelstoke Mountaineer checked in with Kirk Gutzman of the Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog Association at Revelstoke Mountain Resort on Jan. 16, 2015 to learn about a week-long training session that brought teams from across B.C. and beyond to learn skills.

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We checked in with Kirk Gutzman of the Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog Association at Revelstoke Mountain Resort on Jan. 16, 2015 to learn about a week-long training session that brought teams from across western Canada and the U.S. to learn rescue skills.
About 30 avalanche dogs and their handlers have been hosted by Revelstoke Mountain Resort this week as they take part in training sessions.
The week will culminate in a large rescue scenario on Friday.
Revelstoke Mountain Resort Avalanche forecaster Troy Leahey said the handlers and dogs had enjoyed the get-together.
“It has been a real honour to host the hard working CARDA volunteers and their dogs here in Revelstoke,” Leahey said. “They have thoroughly enjoyed their time here and this type of gathering really helps handlers and their dogs be the best teams that they can be.”
Leahey is also a CARDA member and dog handler.
CARDA is hosting a fundraiser at the Big Eddy Pub starting at 7 p.m. on Feb. 16. It includes features raffles, draws and music by Revelstoke’s Funky Snow Monkeys.