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Plan for Skiing Season Colorado, With your Dog

skiing season Colorado

These days…can you even be an outdoor enthusiast without a four-legged companion? As new dog owners, this will be the first skiing season Colorado that we have to coordinate care for our little guy. We are lucky enough to have resorts just an hour away, but the unpredictable I-70 traffic makes us nervous. To make sure that we continue to get all that we can out of our ski passes this year, we started researching our options. The results helped to assuage our fears and we now have an action plan. Of course, our plan will change based on whether we make a day trip or spend a weekend at one of our favorite ski towns in Colorado. There are plenty of options to suit all types of budgets and timelines. So, keep reading if you want to make sure your best furry friend is cared for appropriately this skiing season in Colorado. 

Dog-Friendly Lodging, Ski Resorts in Colorado

Want to keep your pup even closer? Same. Many of the major ski resorts actually allow pets. You’ll definitely pay a price, but I think we know that it’s worth it to keep your four-legged friend comfy and close. Not to mention, this helps to ease our own anxiety. These resorts are ski-in, and ski-out at the base and allow for easy access to your furry friend on breaks from the slopes. Here’s a list of dog-friendly ski resorts in Colorado.

  1. The Viceroy – Aspen Snowmass 
  2. The Ritz Carlton at Bachelor Gulch – Beaver Creek 
  3. Mountain Lodge Telluride – Telluride
  4. Beaver Run Resort, Grand Lodge on Peak 7 – Breckenridge
  5. The Lodge at Vail – Vail 

Dog-Friendly Lodging, Ski Towns in Colorado

While resort lodging access is limited for fido, each ski town in Colorado has at least 1 dog-friendly stay…for much more reasonable prices. While many of these stays are off base, they can be just as accommodating and comfortable. The downside is simply that you won’t be able to check on the dog easily during your day on the mountain. Aside from hotels and non-resort lodges, there are always Airbnb and VRBO options. The benefits of a short-term rental are more space for the pup to roam and fewer restrictions including dog size and the number of pets…Now, a list like this needs its own deep dive in a separate blog post so I just listed a few options. These include both top-rated stays as well as the best bang for your buck. This is not an exhaustive list. I encourage you to do additional research beyond this post! 

  1. The Little Nell, Limelight Hotel – Aspen
  2. The Lodge at Breckenridge – Breck, (Personal Rec, we loved this place!)  
  3. Christiania Hotel – Vail 
  4. Mountainside Inn, Hotel Telluride – Telluride  
  5. The Grand Lodge Hotel – Crested Butte  
  6. Winter Park Mountain Lodge, The Vintage Hotel  – Winter Park
  7. Keystone Lodge and Spa – Keystone/A-Basin 
  8. Rabbit Ears Motel – Steamboat Springs 

Doggy Daycare and Boarding, Ski Towns in Colorado

If you want to keep your pup entertained during the day, there are also several doggy daycare/boarding options within the ski towns in Colorado. This is a great option for out-of-town travelers and people who may just want to entertain their pup for the day. With this option, you also don’t have to worry about making it to Denver before the doors close and you get charged a late fee. This way, you’ll be able to budget some extra time for Apres-ski after your day on the mountain. Here is a list of some options across ski towns in Colorado.  

  1. The Dog House, Mountain Pals Pet Sitting – Breckenridge 
  2. Keystone Kennels – Keystone 
  3. Peace, Love, Petcare – Steamboat Springs 
  4. Aspen Animal Shelter – Aspen 
  5. Oh Be Dogful Pet Ranch – Crested Butte 

Doggy Daycare and Boarding in Denver

Denver is known as a dog-friendly city. With this reputation, come several businesses related to pets. Denver has an endless amount of businesses related to keeping your pet safe and cared for while you’re away. In my first google search, I found 10+ businesses with 4.6 or more stars all in the Denver area. An added perk, many of these are small local businesses that you can support! Here’s a list that come highly recommended.

  1. City Bark Lodo
  2. BARK! Doggy Daycare + Hotel +Spa
  3. Woofhaus Dog Daycare + Wash
  4. Camp Bow Wow
  5. Club ULD Denver     

Scheduling a Walk or Stay at Home

This may be the most obvious option, but recruiting friends and/or family to help out with a walk or stay is always our first choice. We trust these people and it’s probably the most budget-friendly option. Of course, don’t jip your friends, and be sure to repay them whether that’s Venmo, dinner, or drinks on you. 

Walking Services are also an option. In Denver, we have access to two major walking and pet-sitting services Rover and Wag!. With these apps, you can schedule a midday walk, have a sitter stay at your house, or board your pup in the sitter’s home. This is a great last-minute and wallet-friendly option as their employees tend to set their own rates. With both Rover and Wag!, the employees receive background checks. However, especially if you plan to board your dog, I recommend meeting the sitter beforehand. 

In conclusion, all hope is not lost. Your pet is welcome to participate in skiing season Colorado. In all, it seems that Aspen is one of the most dog-friendly ski towns as it offers several options for pet-friendly stays, gondola rides, and skijoring opportunities. I think the best advice I can give when planning for skiing season Colorado with your dog is to plan ahead. These bookings tend to fill up fast, and being pet-friendly just makes a lodging destination even more in demand. I booked a stay at the Grand Lodge in Crested Butte back in June as a birthday gift. This way we saved money AND the Lodge obviously had plenty of availability. Anyway, I hope you feel more at ease and have an action plan for your pet throughout this skiing season in Colorado. Just go with it and happy shredding!

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