Criteria for Ranking the Top 10
Dog-Friendly Cross-Country Ski Resorts and Nordic Centers
Our rankings are based on ski resorts
or nordic centers that rent skis and have dog-friendly trails on the
premises without having to load up people, dogs and skis into the
car and drive to a trailhead. The resorts and centers may or may not
have lodging on the premises. Ski resorts that allow both dogs on
the trails and have dog-friendly lodging top our list. We judged
almost 50 dog-friendly resorts throughout the United States to find
the top ten.
Side Trivia: Which states have the
most dog-friendly cross-country ski resorts and centers?
Maine tops the list with 9
dog-friendly resorts or centers and Colorado comes in a close second
with 7 dog-friendly resorts.
The Top 10 List
Woods Mountain Resort, New Hampshire: 8 kilometers of groomed trails
for dogs and on-site pet-friendly lodging at the Bretton
Arms Country Inn. Dogs need to be leashed on the trails and at the
Resort, Michigan: Dogs allowed on all 10 kilometers of groomed trails
and on-site pet-friendly lodging at the McGuires
Notch Ski Touring Center, New Hampshire: Dogs allowed on most of the
over 40 kilometers of groomed trails. Dog can be off-leash if under voice
4. Carter's X-C Ski Center, Oxford
Maine: Dogs allowed at both centers which each have over 40 kilometers of
groomed trails. Dogs can be off-leash if under voice control.
Resort Nordic Center, Idaho: Dogs allowed on all of the 22 kilometers
of groomed trails. Dogs can be off-leash if under voice control.
Hole Nordic Center, Wyoming: Dogs allowed on almost half of the 17
kilometers of groomed trails. Dogs can be off-leash if under voice
Outdoor Center, Vermont: Dogs allowed on two groomed 7 kilometer loop
trails that go around the lake. Dogs can be off-leash if under voice
Thumb Resort, Colorado: Dogs allowed on a special 8 to 10 kilometer
groomed trail. Dogs need to be leashed on the trails and at
Nordic Center, Arizona: Dogs are welcome on the 5.7 kilometer
Skijoring Trail. Dogs need to be on a leash or harness.
Inn and Country Club, Maine: Dogs allowed on a 2 kilometer groomed
trail and on-site pet-friendly lodging at the Bethel
Inn and Country Club. Dogs can be off-leash if under voice control.
Do you have a favorite cross-country ski resort or a
favorite cross-country ski trail that welcomes dogs? Let
us know or if you have any other comments or feedback, send
us an email. Thanks!