With Lake Tahoe as a backdrop, a skier kicks up some powder at Heavenly Ski Resort in April 2010 in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. (AP Photo/Dino Vournas)
Cox Media Group National Content Desk
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif.
Avalanche rescue dogs have a tough job, but it doesn’t mean they don’t take time to unwind after a grueling day of work.
Truckee, a black lab who works as a rescue dog at Lake Tahoe’s Heavenly Mountain Resort, has learned how to ski without the costly equipment. In a video posted to Facebook on Thursday by his handler, Chris Child, Truckee is seen lowering himself onto his belly and giving himself a push with his hind legs.
Tail wagging, he reaches cruising speed and rolls over onto his back, legs up in the air, to slide about 200 feet down the mountain.
KTLA in Los Angeles reported that Truckee is one of a team of dogs at Heavenly trained to help locate and rescue skiers trapped in emergencies. The area has experienced 37 feet of snow so far this year.
The 4,800-acre Heavenly, located on the California-Nevada border in South Lake Tahoe, is the biggest ski resort in California. U.S Congressman and former entertainer Sonny Bono died in a skiing accident on the Nevada side of the resort in 1998.