If Fido enjoys romping in the snow, now’s the time to plan a winter getaway to a pet-friendly ski resort. Do you want to snuggle with your pup next to a roaring fire while you watch the snowfall and sip hot cocoa in the ski lodge? Or would you rather spend the day on backcountry trails cross-country skiing or snowshoeing with your dog before retreating to a rustic cottage for s’mores by the fire pit? Whichever your preference, these eight pet-friendly resorts have you covered.
Posted by Erin Ballinger
1. Justin Trails Resort
With more than 200 acres of open fields and forests, your pooch will have plenty of space for off-leash frolicking at Justin Trails Resort in Sparta, WI. With accommodations ranging from primitive campsites to deluxe cabins with full kitchens, it offers a lodging option for any budget. Rates include most on-site activities and a hearty breakfast featuring scrambled eggs, French toast, homemade granola and other tasty treats. For Fido, there’s even a fenced dog park on the premises! Enjoy the brisk winter weather during a snowshoeing or skijoring adventure with your pup on the resort’s 10-mile trail system. Not sure how to skijor? The owners, Don and Donna Justin, can give your dog a private lesson. In less than an hour, he’ll be pulling you along the ¾-mile groomed Dog Loop on skis! Justin Trails Resort welcomes three pets of any size for an additional fee of $35 per pet, per night. Nightly rates start at $115.
2. The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch
Centrally located in Vail Valley, The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch offers a plethora of dog-friendly activities. Furry guests are presented with a dog packet at check-in and are given an overstuffed dog bed, logoed dog bowl, gourmet treats and a “Pet in Room” sign for use during their stay. The resort also provides luxurious services like in-room massages, dog-friendly guided snowshoe tours, and doggie room service with menu items like top sirloin with scrambled eggs and rice, chicken breast with rice and tomato, and German Shepherd's Pie made with ground lamb, peas and carrots. Pets are allowed in the resort lobby, guest rooms and the outdoor patios at WYLD and Buffalos. During your stay, learn how to skijor during a private lesson with Louisa Morrissey of High Country Dogs in nearby Vail. The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch welcomes two dogs of any size for an additional fee of $30 per night, plus a one-time $150 cleaning fee per stay.
3. Fireside Lodge Bed and Breakfast
Dogs are welcome at Fireside Lodge Bed and Breakfast, a log-cabin-style inn located in South Lake Tahoe. Each room is decorated in a unique country mountain theme and comes equipped with a fireplace. The inn backs up to a national forest which has miles of hiking trails for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head over to McP's Taphouse, where dogs are allowed outside year-round on the heated patio for brews, burgers and live music. Head back to the hotel before 9 p.m. to enjoy a complimentary s’mores roast. In the morning, refuel at the Lodge’s ample breakfast bar, stocked with bagels, waffles and oatmeal. Fireside Lodge Bed and Breakfast welcomes pets of any size for an additional fee of $25 per night for the first pet, and $10 per night for each additional pet. Nightly rates start at $139.
4. The Bartlett Inn
Bring Fido to New Hampshire’s Attitash Mountains for a dog-friendly winter escape at The Bartlett Inn. From the bed and breakfast, you can ski right out the back door on a connector trail to the Bear Notch Ski Touring Center, where pups are welcome on all the trails. You can also try skijoring nearby at Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel. After a full day of outdoor fun, retire to a cozy cottage with a fireplace and wake up to a hearty breakfast the next morning. The Bartlett Inn welcomes two dogs of any size for an additional fee of $25 per pet, per stay. Nightly rates start at $90 per night.
5. Sunriver Resort
Located at the base of the Cascade Mountains in central Oregon, Sunriver is a 3,300-acre community that Fido is sure to love. When you check in at Sunriver Resort, your dog will receive a welcome package filled with treats, a water bowl and puppy pads. If you enjoy cross-country skiing with your pup, you’ll have hundreds of off-leash trails to choose from in the surrounding Deschutes National Forest. Or check out Wanoga Snow Play Area’s Sno-Park, which has pooch-friendly trails and a tubing hill nearby. Sunriver Resort welcomes pets of any size for an additional fee of $65 for one night and $10 for each additional night. Nightly rates start at $169.
6. Stowe Mountain Lodge
The small New England of Stowe, VT is world-famous for its ski slopes. The Lodge at Spruce Peak provides canine guests with a welcome amenity of a plush dog bed and chew toy at check-in. Hit the ski trails for the day and bring your dog along to wait at the base of the slopes with a family member while you carve the snow. Afterwards, refresh at The Alchemist. This family-run brewery specializing in unfiltered IPAs is a cozy spot for an après-ski craft beer or two with Fido in tow. The Lodge at Spruce Peak welcomes two dogs with a combined weight of 100 pounds for an additional fee of $125 per stay. Nightly rates start at $279.
7. Savage River Lodge
Spend some quality time with your furry friend on a winter getaway to Savage River Lodge in Frostburg, MD. From being treated to homemade dog biscuits each morning to indulging in the Bone Appetit menu that includes canine casserole and mutt meatballs, Savage River Lodge treats visiting pets like VIPs. Located within the 700-acre Savage River State Forest, the lodge provides a peaceful oasis from the distractions of daily life. Enjoy a winter escape on the cross-country ski trails or take a snowshoe expedition with Fido by your side. In the evening, snuggle up in one of the private, two-story cabins appointed with everything you both need to enjoy a comfortable night. Savage River Lodge welcomes two pets of any size for an additional fee of $30 per pet, per night. Nightly rates start at $195.
8. Hyatt Place Keystone
Hyatt Place Keystone is an ideal base for an outdoor adventure in Colorado. Fido is greeted with a treat and is welcome to lounge by the fireplace of the lobby bar while you enjoy a cocktail and nosh on bar bites. Ski and snowshoe with your canine at the Keystone Nordic Center, which has trails located conveniently behind the hotel. Leashed dogs can run on certain trails during operating hours. Hyatt Place Keystone welcomes two pets up to 50 pounds for an additional fee of $75 per stay of one to six nights. Nightly rates start at $219.
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