Bert & Stella

Bert has been with the Park City Mountain Resort Mountain Patrol since 1991.  He has worked his way up the ranks to become one of the Patrol Supervisors.  Stella was rescued from a local animal shelter in the summer of 2008.  She began her mountain orientation and basic training the winter of 2008 - 2009.  Stella became a Level A certified avalanche dog with Wasatch Backcountry Rescue (WBR) during the 2010-2011 season.

Posts by Bert & Stella

What Do Avalanche Dogs Do?

Our patrol dogs are popular with guests, but also serve a very important purpose on the mountain.


How Stella Gets Her Groove Back

Just like mountain patrolman Bert needs to get his body prepped for the new season, so does his partner, avalance dog Stella, need to tune up her fitness and senses. Here's a look at how the pair gets primed for winter.


Building an Avalanche Dog

Training an avalanche dog takes a great deal of time and effort. Presented in this blog are two of the many training methods we employ.


What it Means to be a Dog Team

The bond between a dog handler and their dog is truly special. Stella and I thought it would be interesting to query some of the other Park City Mountain Resort dog teams regarding what it means to them to be a dog team.


Navigating the Mountain as a Dog Team

Have you ever seen a dog ride a chairlift or a snowmobile? These are all part of a day's work for a dog team.


Bert & Stella: An Avalanche Dog Team

Learn about our avalanche dog program and meet this season's team of avalanche search and rescue dogs.