Colorado

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Great Big Story climbed the mountains of Breckenridge, Colorado to speak with Hunter Mortenson, an avalanche technician at the local resort who works with a dog named Tali. Tali is part of an adorable canine squad comprised of dogs who help their humans save lives in the snow. Training for the dogs starts at a young age and certification can take up to two years, but to dogs like Tali it's all just a game. At the Breckenridge Resort in Colorado there is a group of 6 dogs and handlers trained specifically to rescue people lost in the woods or buried by an avalanche. These teams are the first line of defense for people when disaster strikes.