Littlehouse Media

Jura, the Border Collie, trains to become the first Ski Patrol rescue dog at Nevis Range

Jura, a Border Collie puppy, is training to become the first ski patrol search and rescue dog at Nevis Range Mountain Experience near Fort William in the North West Highlands, just in time for the 2017 / 18 snow sports season.


TV viewers can catch Jura and her owner, Will Davis, on BBC Two on Thursday 27 July 2017 (20.00 to 21.00) in the first episode of a new documentary series, “10 Puppies and Us” produced by RDF Television. In the series Jura hits the mid point of her specialist training programme with the Search and Rescue Dog Association Scotland (Highland).


“10 Puppies and Us”, narrated by the actor Neil Morrissey, follows young dogs and their new owners over the course of their all-important first six months together. The first episode features Jura and owner Will as they progress through the stringent search and rescue training process, plus three other puppies and their new owners.


Will Davis, said: Jura is a cracking pup with an awesome character. The training is going extremely well and she is picking up on the ever more demanding commands and adapting to her new life in the hills. She is well on the way to becoming a very effective search and rescue dog. I am looking forward to working with her full time this winter.


“Working with the production team for “10 Puppies and Us” has also been a great experience. Jura is a natural in front of the camera!”


Dogs are trained to use their acute sense of smell to detect human scent in the air. Together, the dog and its handler form a highly efficient team. Dogs can work in all weathers, day or night, without loss of speed and they can cover huge areas quickly.

Jeff Starkey, Head of Ski Patrol at Nevis Range, said: “Having a dog as part of the Ski Patrol team at Nevis Range is an immense asset. Rescue dogs are another valuable ‘tool in the box’ of an Avalanche rescue, alongside transceivers and Recco, especially if the casualties have no transceivers on them. Having Jura in the team will give the casualties in the Nevis Range ski area a much better chance of being found quickly.


“She is at the mid point of her training programme with the Search and Rescue Dog Association of Scotland (Highland), who are supporting the innovation of having dogs in Scottish ski patrol teams.


“Over and above the rescue potential Jura is good for everyone at Nevis Range and can provide a simple distraction and comfort to any one in need of a cuddle, public or staff.”


“10 Puppies and Us” broadcasts on Thursday 27 July at 8pm on BBC Two. For broadcast info go to Radio Times online ––s1-e1-10-puppies-and-us/

Main picture – Jura and Will Davis from Nevis Range Ski Patrol.  Please credit Nevis Range.

For downloadable images of Jura and Will Davis please go to:  Please credit where indicated on file names.




Media contact:

Paddy Cuthbert | Littlehouse Media | E: [email protected] / M: 07913 951717


Notes to editors:


Nevis Range Website –

Nevis Range on Twitter – #JuraPatrol #10puppies

Nevis Range on Instagram –

Nevis Range on Facebook –


Nevis Range is a visitor attraction located north of Fort William and south of Spean Bridge. The Mountain Gondolas transport visitors, Skiers & Snowboarders and Mountain Bikers to 650m on the slopes of Aonach Mor. There are 74 Gondolas in total and each one takes up to 6 adults.


Nevis Range Mountain Experience is a year round mountain resort comprising …

  • All year round mountain gondola visitor attraction
  • Winter snowsports area with equipment hire and Snowsports School.
  • All year round mountain biking with 48km of cross country mountain biking, as well as a cross country and downhill mountain bike trails with gondola access.  Home to a round of the Mountain Bike World Cup
  • High Wire Adventure high ropes courses
  • Self service Snowgoose restaurant & bar (gondola top station) and Pinemarten café bar (gondola base station) serving locally served produce prepared on site.
  • Mountain walks to scenic view points
  • Forest walks
  • Gift shop


Please Credit – Duncan Davis

Please Credit – BBC

You Might Also Like

Inverness Youth Hostel gets a fresh new look

Get your adventure challenge on with Project: Explore

A muckin’ great Audax, perfect for Cream o’ the Croft road cyclists

SYHA appoints Lois Marshall as Youth & Volunteer Engagement Manager

No Fuss running events given Compression boost in 2018

Halloween fancy dress mountain bike Enduro returns to Perth

Visit Moray Speyside launches their biggest ever UK marketing campaign

Tour De Ben Nevis and and Ultra Marathon De Ben Nevis – Race Report

Paul Merton Visits SYHA’s Loch Ossian Hostel – Paul Merton’s Secret Stations

Muckin’ good mountain bike events launched for 2016

No Fuss for Kinlochleven, the UK’s only Enduro World Series Qualifier

New Lochaber website aiming high

SYHA collaborates with Glasgow Caledonian University

Fife farm to be transformed for a family bike and outdoor festival

Cyclists Get into Gear for Angus Cycling Festival

Top award for World renowned Scottish landscape photographer, Colin Prior

Winner covers 319km at The UK 24hr Mountain Bike Championships

National Funding Boost for Cream o’ the Croft and The Eliminator

Becoming a Conscious Host: Carbon Neutrality and Beyond

Expose yourself the No Fuss way

Are you hard enough to take on The Double Stalker?

Hostelling Scotland opens four summer youth hostels in 2018

Enduro riders, prepare yourselves for a Highland Clan battle!

Nevis Range moving forward with interim CEO Rod Pashley

VisitScotland’s Lord Thurso to deliver The Charles Kennedy Memorial Lecture

SYHA’s Glasgow Metro youth hostel awarded 3 stars by VisitScotland

Danny MacAskill is ‘Doing the Dubhs’

Dukes Weekender, a catalyst for Aberfoyle’s rise in gravel cycle tourism

Scottish Enduro Series confirms POC as headline sponsor for fifth year

Nevis Range is making it snow all season long!

Nevis Range, Scotland’s highest snowsports destination, open for business

‘What would Mary do?’ at the Fort William Mountain Festival

Lochaber Tourism Summit 2019, a must-attend event for Highland tourism businesses

New look Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel, new era of hostelling in the Capital

Glen Nevis Youth Hostel re-opens after major redevelopment project

Hostelling Scotland begins phased opening of Youth Hostel network

Re-Defining the age of adventure as the EMFF returns in February

Outdoor Capital Activities and Attractions Expo open for tourism business

Lochaber Tourism Day with Cal Mac – Debate, Engage, Network

People are at the heart of SYHA Hostelling Scotland!

Young event assistants invited to join the IRONKIDS Scotland event team

It’s all about head to head bike racing at Fife’s Eliminator

Changing times at Nevis Range Mountain Experience!

Nevis Range team up with Endura

#myoutdoorcapital – OCUK to put visitors firmly in the frame

Up to 350 riders will take on the Fair City Enduro when it returns to Perth

Start your Highland biking adventure at the new Nevis Range Bike School

Nevis Range partner with Disability Snowsport UK for Winter 18/19

Fort William Mountain Festival back to a live, multi-venue event in 2022

Cream O’ The Croft – far more than just a bike festival

Finance and Economy Secretary, Kate Forbes, opens car park and off-grid toilets at Skye’s Iconic Fairy Pools

No Fuss partnerships lead the way for Scotland’s Enduro

The Fort William Mountain Festival 2018 – Celebrate the great outdoors

Nevis Range and Trek renew commercial partnership for 2019/20

Figurehead environmental campaigner, Dave Morris, wins top mountain award

New hydro scheme powers Scottish mountain resort

Loch Ossian and Torridon Youth Hostels shortlisted in TGO Reader Awards

Young ‘Fifers’ invited to collaborate in Eliminator Bike Festival

Elite Freestyle Skier, Kirsty Muir (17), wins Youth Mountain Award

Elite mountain bike racer, Mikayla Parton, wins Youth Mountain Award

Run Scotland in two days with the new Ultra Tour of Arran

The Ultra Tour of Arran, a big draw for international adventure tourists

Lochaber community is pulling together to give Nevis Range a lift after lockdown!

Frazer Coupland appointed Chair of The Highland Tourism Partnership

Rob Cochrane wins 2019 Scottish Youth Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture

Dr Liz Cameron, Scotland’s voice of business, to headline women’s networking lunch

Gravelfoyle – Gravel Cycling at the heart of Aberfoyle’s new tourism brand

Competition Climber, Shauna Coxsey, wins Scottish Youth Ambassador Award

SYHA Hostelling Scotland assist in a Recovery Version

The Falkirk Funduro 2017: mountain biking fun with two capital F’s

Discover Scotland’s ‘Braw Buildings’ with Hostelling Scotland

Immerse yourself in Lochaber Ideas Week 2019

Gold and Silver gongs for Torridon and Loch Ossian Youth Hostels in TGO Reader Awards

Business Community Programme launched for Lochaber Ideas Week 2018

Edinburgh’s Electric Cycle Company sees 80% rise in Lockdown sales

Young volunteers wanted to run IRONKIDS Scotland running events

The new Pentland Trail Centre – The future for Edinburgh biking

IRONKIDS activity programmes promote healthy and active lifestyles – SUN, FUN, RUN!

Media Advisory – UK’s highest Shinty match to promote tourism in Lochaber

Planning on holidaying at home? Give hostelling a go!

Enduro World Series Qualifier, Kinlochleven – Race Report

Cameron McNeish wins 2018 Scottish Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture

SYHA partners with Ayrshire College for valuable volunteer experience

Muckin’ good news for two wheeled Early Birds

Summer Youth Hostel Returns to Glasgow

Chris O’Brien appointed Destination Manager for the Outdoor Capital of the UK

Nevis Range to turn back the clock to 1989 to celebrate 30 years of adventure

Nevis Range and Trek renew commercial partnership for 2020/21

SYHA Hostelling Scotland – building Scottish hostelling for the future

Danny MacAskill launches video, ‘Danny Daycare’. Best ‘uncle’ ever?

‘Connect To Your Adventure!’ – big success in just 7 weeks

No Fuss add two International MTB events to 2018 programme

300 Dutch adventurers to run, bike and kayak across Scotland

Huge demand for ultrarunner Jasmin Paris at Fort William Mountain Festival

The Cream of Enduro will rise to the top at Comrie Croft

Coast to Coast – run, bike ride and kayak 105 miles across Scotland

Lochaber Ideas Week returns to Fort William after a two-year covid hiatus

Media Advisory – 500 runners to tame Edinburgh with the inaugural Ultra Tour

Inspirational athlete and adventurer, Karen Darke, wins top mountain award

Fort William has all the Mòd cons

Hostelling Scotland fully open for business after two years

Edinburgh’s Electric Cycle Company has been supercharged

Nevis Range looks forward to reopening in July

SYHA opens new summer youth hostel in Edinburgh

Millburn Academy ensures a warm welcome to Inverness Youth Hostel

Muckin’ good festive discounts on Muckmedden 2018 bike events

Keith Legge, CEO of SYHA Hostelling Scotland, steps down after 13 years

Media Advisory – Images – The Ultra Tour of Edinburgh

OCUK unveil their new branded gondola at Nevis Range

Fort William Mountain Festival 2021 goes Covid-19 safe

Two Scottish youth hostels celebrate landmark anniversaries

A new mucky duathlon for the Eliminator Weekender in Fife

Youth development key to Edinburgh Central’s 10th Anniversary

A bit of ‘This and That’ for stunt riders Danny MacAskill and Kriss Kyle

Lochaber’s Nevis Range becomes an accredited Living Wage employer

Young people invited to collaborate in Muckin’ good summer festivals

‘Death Zone’ mountaineer, Nirmal Purja, to headline Fort William Mountain Festival 2020

Fife farmland to host the new Eliminator MTB Weekender Festival

Another Muckin’ great line-up of mountain bike events announced for 2017

Celebrating 90 years of Scottish hostelling

Noel Williams wins 2019 Scottish Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture

Mountain Bikers Gear Up for a Fun Day’s Night in Falkirk

Nevis Range and Trek announce a partnership for 2018/19

Hot water on tap for Loch Ossian Youth Hostel

New European partnership to upskill adventure tourism in five countries

Scotland’s mountain bike Enduro World Series qualifier sold out in record time

Haggis from Scotland’s first free-range Haggis farm goes on sale in Lochaber

Route announcement confirmed for HSBC City Ride in Edinburgh

Do we hear Muckwedding Belles in Fife?

An appetite for adventure in the North West Highlands

Hostelling Scotland, a new brand identity unveiled

Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival 2018 – The Long Road To Adventure

OATS in search of a Fairy Pool of staff

Media Advisory – Cancellation of The Mighty Deerstalker, Saturday 03 March 2018, The Scottish Borders

Sporting legend Gavin Hastings to inspire Lochaber at Ideas Week 2017

The UK’s first waymarked gravel cycling trails opened near Aberfoyle

Developing for the future at Nevis Range!

Cream o’ the Croft: three Muckin’ good family festivals rolled into one!

Lochaber’s ‘Connect to Your Adventure’ digital marketing campaign, a huge success

Scottish Climbing Instructor, Tim Miller, wins Youth Mountain Culture Award

Run Scotland on The Ultra Tour of Arran

Go Swim Loch Lomond – a new open water event for Scotland

A Mucky Duathlon for the Eliminator Bike Festival in Fife

IRONKIDS Scotland – 3,000 kids to take part in global running series

UK’s first Team Enduro event comes to Comrie Croft, Perthshire

‘A Meeting of Minds 2’ celebrates innovation in Scotland’s aquaculture sector

Entries open for SKI-AN-DURO, Scotland’s new ski and mountain bike Enduro

Fair City Enduro – The UK’s Most Spectacular Mountain Bike Race

Fair City Enduro Confirmed As Scotland’s Only Enduro World Series Qualifier

The ultimate runners’ sightseeing tour of Edinburgh returns

No Fuss serve up a vindaloo of an off road bike festival

POC headline sponsor for Scottish Enduro Series for sixth year

Muckin’ good discounts for a muckin’ good 2019 event programme

Margo Paterson appointed as CEO of SYHA Hostelling Scotland

Danny MacAskill celebrates Edinburgh anniversary with Fringe debut at Circus Hub

Three female adventurers to take on epic 1936 cycling trip

New massed ultra running tour to challenge Edinburgh’s visitors

Epic Halloween tale of ‘Ned vs Monster’ in the Outdoor Capital

Fort William – the perfect cruise destination

SKI-AN-DURO, a new ski and mountain bike Enduro for Scotland

Hostelling Scotland to temporarily close Youth Hostel network

Big Biking October – two International bike events for the Outdoor Capital