The Cabin Hosts Backcountry BowWow Fundraiser

PARK CITY, Utah – The Park City Professional Ski Patrol Association (PCPSPA) is hosting its annual Backcountry BowWow Fundraiser Friday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m. at The Cabin on Main Street. The fundraiser will feature a silent auction, drawings and prizes, rescue dog appearances, and live music by Pixie and the Partygrass Boys.

Even if you’re not a die-hard dog person, it’s impressive to see ski patrollers and their trained pups in action on the mountain. Every professional patroller and dog duo that you see boarding a chairlift or careening down the hill together has undergone in-depth training through the Wasatch Backcountry Rescue (WBR), a non-profit organization specializing in mountain rescue and evacuation, and the creation of avalanche specialists.

Patrol dogs need some shut-eye in between missions. Photo: Hannah Stevens.

The WBR is dedicated to rapid response for avalanche rescue, winter-related mountain rescue, and medical evacuation incidents using trained professionals and search and rescue dogs. Aside from the WBR’S focus on safety and rescue is its emphasis on training and education for the public, whether learning how to travel safely on piste or to rescue oneself in an emergency.

Each year, the PCPSPA hosts the BowWow for the WBR to raise funding for training and educational programs and supplies for dogs and humans. The WBR relies on private donations and fundraisers to keep the PCPSPA, backcountry users, and mountains safe for its much relied upon recreation.

Many local businesses have donated equipment, clothing, skis, outerwear, experiences and trips for the Backcountry BowWow. Tickets to support the people and canines that keep our mountains safe are currently for sale on Eventbrite at $20 each.

This article was written for Dishing Park City by TownLift author Meredith Kluever.

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