The Patrol Dogs of Aspen Snowmass

Meet the pups patrolling the slopes of Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Snowmass.

Ski patrol dogs at Aspen Highlands

They start 'em young. Aspen Snowmass patrol puppies in training are assigned to a handler as young as eight to twelve weeks and begin to learn the basics of being a good pup while also developing a knack for things like riding a chairlift, tugging and pulling, and a curiosity for digging. Once they're a bit older, they start to master the ropes of ski patrol, pass rigorous time certification exams with their handler, and begin to serve their mountain community with their unique skillset.

Aside from being a dependable source of company out in the elements, once patrol dogs are trained and comfortable on the mountain, they’re considered working dogs, offering real assistance out on the hill. Quick on their feet, light on the snow, and attuned to their surroundings with a keen sense of smell, patrol dogs are especially helpful during snow burial or avalanche rescues. They’re able to cover more ground than their human counterparts, which helps in locating buried victims who are often not wearing avalanche beacons while skiing or riding in-bounds.

These hardworking canines are often medium-to-large dog breeds, have a friendly demeanor, maintain a high level of fitness, and keep our mountains safe, making them all-around pawsome.

These are the Patrol Dogs of Aspen Snowmass.

Aspen Mountain


Handler: Brad Benson
Breed: Airedale Terrier
Birthday: November 18, 2018
Gender: Male
Favorite Run: Zaugg Dump
Summertime Gig: Lending a helping paw with construction projects.


Handler: Jacob Rockwell
Breed: Black Labrador Retriever
Birthday: January 16, 2021
Gender: Female
Favorite Run: Ruthie’s Run (and lift)
Summertime Gig: Fishing for salmon in Alaska.

Aspen Highlands


Handler: Lori Spence
Breed: Black Labrador Retriever
Birthday: August 29, 2016
Gender: Female
Favorite Run: White Kitchen
Summertime Gig: Hiking beautiful trails and making friends—someone's got to do it.


Handler: Tim Hugo
Breed: Black Labrador Retriever
Birthday: July 1, 2018
Gender: Female
Favorite Run: Anywhere with secret stashes and lesser-traveled areas.
Summertime Gig: Napping and nurturing her shy side.


Handler: Sam Seward
Breed: Coltriever
Birthday: May 1, 2022
Gender: Female
Fun Facts: Loves playing with kiddos and working on the mountain. Hates trash trucks.
Summertime Gig: Keeping it classic by visiting all the local dog parks.



Handler: Rachel Haines
Breed: Australian Shepard Mix
Birthday: January 22, 2017
Gender: Female
Favorite Run: Wookie Woods
Summertime Gig: Paddleboard princess


Handler: Carl Kishbaugh
Breed: Scottish Field Golden Retriever
Birthday: March 7, 2023
Gender: Female
Fun Fact: Newest pup on Buttermilk Ski Patrol
Favorite Run: She can't wait to explore them all!
Summertime Gig: Being a cuddle buddy and swimming. Anywhere. Anytime.



Handler: Ryan Carlson
Breed: Yellow Labrador Retriever
Birthday: June 20, 2022
Gender: Male
Fun Fact: Loves chasing ducks and begging for snowmobile rides.
Summertime Gig: Dock hand, lifeguard, and guest relations director at a Canadian fishing lodge.


Handler: Emily Casebeer
Breed: Black Labrador Retriever
Birthday: July 2, 2015
Gender: Male
Fun Fact: He has the superpower to become a stealth ninja in the dark.
Favorite Run: Anything with powder.


Handler: Jerry Doughty
Breed: German Shepherd Mix
Birthday: March 20, 2018
Gender: Female
Certification: Advanced/CRAD
Fun Fact: Only mutt on ski patrol.
Favorite Run: Prospector’s Trail


Handler: Jake Martenson
Breed: German Shepherd
Birthday: December 1, 2017
Gender: Male
Fun Fact: Loves winning countless wrestling matches with his toys.
Favorite Run: Naked Lady


Handler: Jimmy Newman
Breed: Black Labrador Retriever
Birthday: January 16, 2021
Gender: Female
Favorite Run: Any trail with 8 inches of powder or more.
Summertime Gig: Climbing crags and becoming a Colorado river rat.


Handler: Colin Mabbett
Breed: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Birthday: October 26, 2015
Gender: Male
Fun Fact: Has dual citizenship because he is originally from Nova Scotia.
Summertime Gig: Backpacking, camping, swimming and fishing in alpine lakes—always ready for any rescue.
Patrol Dog Trading Cards at Aspen Snowmass

Patrol Dog Trading Cards

Want to take a patrol dog home with you? Yes, we all do. Swing by Patrol Headquarters across our four mountains this season and grab our new patrol pup trading cards. Cards are free—collect them all.

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