Pet-Friendly Ski And Snowsports Resorts - My Family Travels

Many dog-loving, pet-friendly ski and snowsports resorts are ready when you want to hit the slopes. Since the pandemic, when pet ownership rose to new heights around the world, more hotels and resorts have begun accepting pet guests. There’s no reason not to welcome pets who enjoy winter weather to join your family in the fun.

King Charles Cavalier Spaniel in snow booties looks up at owner with dog biscuit.
Be sure your pets are well behaved around other guests and ready to have fun with you playing outside in the snow.

We all love our pets. Because of that, it’s sometimes difficult to leave them behind when we travel. If your family loves your dog and you all love winter sports, don’t worry. You don’t have to feel bad about leaving your furry friend behind. 

Whether your pet is a trained Alaskan Husky or an elegantly coiffed Havanese, there are several winter resorts that welcome him or her to stay in your guest room.

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Plan Ahead to Make Your Pets Feel Welcome

Couple with two dogs out in the snow.
Plan ahead to be sure your snowsports destination really has the pet-welcoming ski resort you have read about.

FIDO Friendly magazine has researched pet-friendly hotels in ski areas across North America, and has compiled a list of to mountain resorts to visit with your beloved pooch in tow. Here are their picks, in no particular order. Note that many properties are reviewed as great for families too.

Of course, each hotel, B&B or resort will have its own rules about where to keep your pet when you’re on the mountain. Some may require that you kennel them while housekeeping is in the room. Other hotels will charge a cleaning fee after checkout. But pet owners know that before and apres ski, there’s tons of fun to be had frolicking in the snow.

Be sure to call ahead for all the details before you drive up with your doggy and his bedding.

Top Pet-Friendly Ski Resorts in the East

Lake Placid Lodge in Lake Placid, New York gives you and your dog access to the six million acres of the Adirondack Mountains, besides offering all types of winter sports. There are many pet-friendly ski resorts in the Adirondacks, including some places closer to Whiteface. See FTF’s guide to Lake Placid and a review on the Lake Placid Lodge.

Mountain Top Inn & Resort in Chittenden, Vermont welcomes Fido with a dog bed, bowls and a welcome snack. On site, there is access to more than 60kms. of hiking and cross-country ski trails, as long a Fido is on a leash. This inn is more low-key than other pet-friendly ski resorts which are closer to Killington and Pico mountains, yet it’s close by.

Top Pet-Friendly Ski Resorts in the West

Aerial view of the Mountain Lodge at Telluride, Colorado.
You can tell from this aerial view of the Mountain Lodge at Telluride, Colorado that your pet is gonna’ love it!

The Mountain Lodge in Telluride, Colorado is centrally situated between two ski runs. Did you know that Telluride is one of few municipalities boasting more dogs than people? The lodge is close to Mountain Village with puppy parking spots for easy shopping, and free public transportation that also allows pets.  Check out what FTF has to say about Telluride.

Westin Monache Resort in Mammoth Lakes, California is located just a short distance from Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. This resort is ideal for snow-loving companions because it gets nearly a half-year of snow. They welcome up to two pets per room at 40 lbs. each to join you on your adventures. The nightly pet fee is $50; however, pets cannot be left in rooms unattended.

Snow King Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming is a great location to snowshoe and cross-country ski with your pet and after a long day of the wintery outdoors. The charming, pet-friendly ski resort town of Jackson is close by with restaurants and shopping.  Look at what else FTF has to say about Jackson Hole.

Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colorado is the town’s historic centerpiece, ca. 1889. The small boutique hotel is in the heart of the nightlife after dark. By day, there’s easy access to four ski mountains, an ice-skating rink, off-leash parks, snowshoeing, shopping and dining for you and your pet.

Little Nell, also in Aspen, will spoil your pet more than you and will also provide snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, shopping and dog sledding. Her sister property, Limelight Aspen, is also pet-welcoming and less pricey.

Luxe pets are catered to at the friendly Waldorf Astoria Park City, Utah. Located within Vail’s Park City Mountain Resort, it’s Utah’s most posh pet-friendly ski resort. Come for pet amenities that include suites with full kitchens and home-from-home facilities, such as dog bowls and beds. The hotel produces it own dog treats and can book a canine massage if pooch gets sore thighs from playing in the snow.

Top Pet-Friendly Ski Resorts in Canada

Husky dog sits on hotel room balcony overlooking Whistler Village in British Columbia, Canada.
Pets love the balconies at the Pan Pacific Whistler Village where they can look out and see what’s happening in town. Photo c. Pan Pacific Hotels.

Fairmont Chateau, Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada has 539 traditional rooms nestled between emerald green Lake Louise and Victoria Glacier. The hotel provides a doggy welcome package and uses some of the proceeds from pet-stays to support local animal charities. See FTF’s review of the Fairmont Chateau, Lake Louise.

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Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre in British Columbia, Canada offers over 8,000 acres of terrific skiing terrain. This hotel has suites with full kitchens and balconies so pets can stay home and watch the village scene. Or, consult the concierge for the best pet hikes, sitters and local play zones. The pet-friendly ski resort charges C$25/N per pet, and part is donated to a local dog shelter. Whistler Village is featured on FTF’s Top Family Ski Resorts in North America.

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