Cross-country skiing isn’t just for humans. Dogs love it too. With strong back legs for skis, their own built-in ski poles (…a.k.a front legs) and oodles of energy, dogs are the perfect skiing machines. Let your furry friend lead the way through Ski Callaghan’s 20+km of dog-friendly trails, with on-leash and off-leash options to suit all variety of puppy personalities. Your pooch will be thankful for the exercise, endless stimulation, and interaction with other adventure pups.
Before you hit the trails, here are a few things you should know:
The fashion-conscious canine need not worry, they too can strut their stuff in an oh-so-stylish ski outfit, just like Crusoe the Weiner Dog. Just be sure to get permission from your hound-pup before adorning them in ugly-christmas-sweater style outfits and giant goggles; a recent survey conducted amongst the Ski Callaghan puppy population shows a skew toward a preference to let their fur flow au-naturel.
For the lazier hounds out there, never fear – they can still get their fill of frill and fresh air. This intriguing ski technique is apparently tried and tested (just be sure of your skiing ability before trying this and ending up in a snowbank… aside from the potential bruising factor, your pup may be too ashamed to be seen with you after that):
Just like their human comrades, winter is a harsh time for the four-legged variety. Keep their paws and pads in tip-top condition by protecting them with doggy booties or applying a balm or vaseline to the pads to stop them from drying out on the freezing snow. As cesarsway.com says on winter-proofing your dogs paws:
“Winter can be tough on our dog’s feet but good grooming and protecting the paws by using a balm or booties will go a long way to keeping your dog’s feet healthy.”
Ski Callaghan’s dog-friendly trails can be identified in pink on our trail map here. If accessing the Whistler Olympic Park dog trails from Callaghan Country, be sure to use the designated Wetland Wanderer dog trail.