Following in his footsteps
As the wind howls Sunday afternoon at the Ski Patrol shack on top of Bald Mountain, Murphy, a black Lab avalanche dog, front left, lead his apprentice, Jake, around three ski patrol veterans. Jake, a chocolate Lab puppy, is named after deceased ski patrolman Jake Vierling. Sun Valley Ski Patrol Director Mike Lloyd, Jake’s owner, left, and Stu Brown, center, were in the U.S. Army with Vierling in the 1970s, all ski patrolmen stationed at Garmish, Germany, near the Austrian border. Bob Jost, right, who owns and handles Murphy, is also an experienced patrolman, having worked with Lloyd and Brown for more than 30 years. The Ski Patrol has been busy keeping Bald Mountain safe for skiers and continues to warn the ski community about dangers in out-of-bounds areas.