You Can (and Should) Bring Your Dog on Your Next Ski Vacation

Some hotels are starting to treat dogs as guests

Don't leave the pup at home. (Tony Winton/Ritz-Carlton, Bachel)
Photo: Tony Winton/Ritz-Carlton, Bachel dog

A weekend ski trip can turn into a full-blown nightmare if you want to bring your dog. In response to skier complaints about restrictions at hotels in their favorite resort capitals, a number of hospitality groups are making serious changes. “The logistics of a ski vacation can be difficult,” says Caitlin Martz, of Utah’s Waldorf Astoria Park City. “Hotels are going beyond just allowing pets to accompany their owners on their trip and are beginning to treat dogs as guests.” Here’s a rundown of some of the amenities. 

  • In Beaver Creek, Colorado, the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch indulges dogs with a Bachelor Pack, including bath treatments, toys, and treats available from room service. 
  • In Vermont, guests at Stowe Mountain Lodge can avail themselves of grooming and dog-sitting services. 
  • Starting this ­winter, dogs and owners can dine ­together during Yappy Hour at the Little Nell in Aspen, where the hotel’s pastry chef whips up gourmet dog biscuits. Fido requires more? Order him the grass-fed beef tenderloin with eggs and brown rice from the pet menu.
  • Utah’s Waldorf ­Astoria Park City boasts a full-time director of pet ­relations (Sammy the mutt) and offers services like dog massages, administered by a certified canine masseuse, and pet-sitting while you’re on the slopes. 
  • At the Lime­light Hotel in Ketchum, Idaho, guests ­receive a logoed leash, a Frisbee, and a backpack for comfortably ­carrying a dog. 
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