Breck’s avy dog teams recognized

Avy Dog team

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office and Flight for Life Colorado recognized 45 members of the Summit County Rapid Avalanche Deployment team today for their dedication to the state-wide rescue program. 

Along with Breckenridge Ski Patrol, members from Keystone Ski Resort, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC), Copper Mountain Resort, and the Summit County Rescue Group (SCRG) were all recognized for their support of the program during a presentation today at the Flight for Life Hangar at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center.

Avy DogBreck Patrollers and CRAD team members Kevin Kerr, David Leffler, Hunter Mortenson and Tali, Bob Nothnagel and Loki, Duke Barlow and Atticus and Breck Patrol director Kevin Ahern were all there to be recognized on behalf of Breck’s support of the program.

Hunter Mortenson noted why this program is important to the community. “CRAD gets the right resources to the right situations quickly, with hope for the best outcomes.”

What is CRAD?

The Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment Program combines the skill, expertise and stamina of SAR and Avalanche teams and the Flight For Life® Colorado helicopter and crew who expedite the rescue of an injured or ill party and evacuate them to appropriate medical care.

Summit County is one of several counties who participate in this program. Members dedicate numerous personal hours and are ready at a moment’s notice to help others in need. The team is made up of representatives from Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Breckenridge Ski Resort, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC), Copper Mountain Resort, Keystone Resort and the Summit County Rescue Group (SCRG).

Breck is proud of our teams who support this program and others across the state who continually work for the safety and good of our guests in our resorts and and across Colorado.  Learn more about Breck’s avy dog program on our blog, and keep checking back for more updates!

– Kristen Petitt