Top 4 Dog-Friendly Ski Resorts Near D.C.

A weekend getaway at the slopes doesn’t have to exclude Fido. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite dog-friendly ski resorts in the Mid-Atlantic.

If your aim is to enjoy an adventurous experience outside the city with your canine companion, then pet policy is not the only factor to consider. ‘Pet-allowing’ and ‘pet-friendly’ locations are vastly different. Seek these resort amenities that provide an enjoyable experience for you and your dog:

  • Dog walking trails (keep your dog’s capabilities in mind when considering trail length)
  • Dog-friendly restaurants and sitting areas
  • Onsite dog sitting services (if dogs aren’t allowed alone in rooms)
  • Water-based activities

Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa

Stowe, VT

Stoweflake has over 60 acres of wide-open space, which is a welcome sight for urban dog owners needing a getaway from the DC hustle and bustle. 

This resort boasts extensive dog-friendly trails and accommodations, including the 5.3-mile Stowe Rec Path. Stroll side-by-side with your pooch through woods, meadows, farmland, and crystal clear swimming holes.

Book in advance, as dog-friendly accommodations are limited! 

Lake Placid Lodge

Lake Placid, NY

This resort and spa are nestled in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, welcoming dogs 30 pounds and under. 

Upon arrival, your dog will receive the royal treatment with complementary items that include waste bags, dental treats, and a plush Opal Paws dog mat. Concierge services are available for unexpected needs that arise during the trip.

Lake Placid Lodge offers several activities for summer adventure. Enjoy a hike with your dog on the famous 125-mile Jackrabbit Trail, which offers scenic views of the Adirondacks and passes by the resort’s front door.

Killington Resort

Killington, VT

This all-inclusive ski resort is located in Vermont’s Killington Valley, the East’s “outdoor adventure capital.” Whether paddling, hiking or skiing, there’s something to enjoy for every outdoor lover escaping north with their pooch. Bonus—check out the lineup for Killington’s free Cooler in the Mountain Concert Series. 

Killington Resort welcomes quiet, non-aggressive pets on leashes, allowing them on the ski and hiking trails around the resort.

Appalachian Ski Mountain

Blowing Rock, NC

D.C. dog lovers seeking southern adventure must check out Appalachian Ski Mountain, a European mountain resort experience without the hassle of international travel.

The Village Inn of Blowing Rock, one of several lodging options on the premises, is pet-friendly. Guests can stay in a traditional country room or a spacious suite with a deck offering beautiful views.

Pets are allowed on both the ski and hiking trails at the resort.

And if you decide not to bring your pup with you, consider boarding them with us!