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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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