Sunday, December 12, 2010

FIDO Friendly's Top 10 Ski Resorts,
Part I of III

Guest post by Carol Bryant, Fido Friendly Magazine
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Join Libby for a Little White Stuff

Powder hounds rejoice! FIDO Friendly's got your destination snow-cation just in time for wintertime fun. Slaloms and slopes, poles and puppies. Puppies? You read right! FIDO Friendly magazine clears the snow pathway to uncover the top 10 ski destinations that welcome both two-legged and four-legged varieties. So strap on those boots, bindings and barky best friend and head for the white stuff. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

The Mountain Lodge at Telluride, Colorado:  Truly epitomizing the mantra, Leave No Dog Behind®, the 13-minute gondola ride between Gondola and Mountain Village is free to pedestrians. Hang onto your ski poles because Fido is welcome to ride in specially marked cabins on the gondola. The Galloping Good, Telluride’s shuttle bus system, allows leashed Fido to cruise to his next destination. 

Mountain Lodge at Telluride is conveniently located between two ski runs. An array of condo rentals, lodge rooms and log-and-stone cabins make for cozy warmth and scenic mountain memories. Unleash worries and star gaze with Fido at the 14,000-foot peaks of Colorado's San Juan Mountain Range. When our publisher visited, she saw more dogs than people using the gondola. Hitching posts for Fido are scattered about town including at restaurants.

Considered the ultimate mountain resort experience, Mountain Lodge at Telluride is located near specialty shops, including many that are pet-friendly and focused. Spaniel snow globe, anyone? 

Westin Monache Resort, Mammoth Lakes, California: While at Mammoth Lakes, Fido is also welcome to take a gondola ride up the mountain as well as engage in hiking and water play. Touting more than 400 inches of annual snowfall, eternal winter fans are never disappointed. Winter becomes an approximate six-month season here. Take a peek at for all things Fido while visiting the area.

More the cross-country skier and want to take Fido along? Mammoth Lakes makes a perfect locale to do so. Trails beginning at the Mammoth Visitors Center and merge with other longer trails as you and leashed Fido make snow tracks (and perhaps a few snow angels).

Nearby Mammoth Mountain Ski Area offers 29 lifts, 2 gondolas and 3,100 vertical feet on 3,500 acres. Dogs are welcome to take the gondola ride in the summer months. Nearby Shady Rest Park and Trail welcomes cross-country skiers with their powder hounds as well.

At the end of a long snowy day, seek respite in the rustic mountain charm that is Westin Monache Resort. Each of the 230 guest suites offers comforts and conveniences of home boasting a gas fireplace and plush beds, and most have a gorgeous mountain view. Snuggle up Fido, this view’s for you! 

Lake Placid Lodge, Lake Placid, NY:  Considered the jewel of the Adirondack Mountains, this lodge is five miles of Fido-friendly fun for the taking. In the winter months, downhill and cross-country skiing is available, but so is visiting Lake Placid Olympic venues, snowshoeing, bonfires and Smores making.

The Adirondack Mountains provide 6 million acres for exploration and winter fun. With 2,000 miles of hiking and ski trails, you and Fido can explore the largest marked trail in the United States.

At Lake Placid Lodge, dogs are welcome in the cabins. Take a trek through the trails and don’t fear getting lost: Maggie, the general manager’s Golden Retriever, will ensure you find your way back safely. Upon check-in, freshly laundered beds and bowls are provided for Fido’s use. The lake is frozen in winter months, so cross-country skiing and snowshoeing (er, pawing) are two activities Fido would love to join in with you. 

Love dogs but don’t have one or need a puppy fix? Consider a dog sled tour. In the nearby town of Vermontville, New York, Thunder Mountain Dog Sled Tours provides some off-the-beaten path fun. Blankets are provided to cut the chill, and a walk onto Mirror Lake will assist in spotting the dogs in action. 

Join us here at All Things Dog Blog next week for Part II in this series when we'll visit with resorts in Vermont, Wyoming and Colorado. Three more in Part III and you'll be ready to choose a Winter ski destination, keeping Fido in mind as well. 

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Thanks to Marissa for sharing Libby's picture. Be sure to check out Tanner's mopey commentary over at 5 Minutes for Fido. He sure would like to play in the snow!

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Blair Sorrel said...

Greetings! Please see the recent Nashua dog shock incident; please disseminate this vital public service to preclude more tragedies. Many thanks for all your commendable work.



Just so you know, I confer with Con Edison's Stray Voltage and Public Affairs Units and contribute to Wet Nose Guide and New York Dog Chat.


Blair Sorrel, Founder

Contact voltage is a chronic hidden hazard that can readily victimize an unsuspecting dog, walker, horse, rider, or both. No dog lover could possibly observe a more horrifying scene than witnessing his beloved pet instantaneously maimed or tragically electrocuted. When you exercise your pooch, please exercise greater prudence. Common outdoor electrical and metal fixtures may shock or even kill your vulnerable dog. And depending upon the current, the walker will be bitten and like poor Aric Roman, suffer permanently. But you can, indeed, self-protect.

Just start to adopt this simple strategy — EYEBALL THE BLOCK, AND AVOID A SHOCK. Take a few seconds and make your trajectory toward generally safer, free standing, non-conductive surfaces, ie., plastic, wood, cardboard. Intuit your dog’s cues and if it’s resistant, change directions. Work site perimeters may be live so try to elude them. If necessary, switch sides of the street or your hands when leading to skirt hazards. If you traverse the same route, you may memorize locations of potential dangers. Carry your pooch when in doubt. Consider indoor restroom products like PottyPark when external conditions are chancy or RopeNGo’s hardware-free leash and harness. And don’t rely on dog booties as a palliative as they will actually put your pet at even greater risk since the dog can’t tell you they’re leaking! To learn to more, please see StreetZaps. A safer walk is yours year round if you are willing to open to your eyes and mind to it.

Peter Macro said...

FIDO Friendly's Top 10 Ski Resorts, Part I of III:

you can enjoy the ultimate Mammoth mountain resort experience in Mammoth Lake area and Mammoth Mountain Ski Area offers more resorts & condos in 1888-mammoth-reservation. All resorts are pet frienly. Refer : " Peter Macro "

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