Dog-Friendly Lifts at Northstar

Dog-Friendly Lifts at Northstar

Just $13 for adults, $6 for kids 5-12 (ages 4 and younger ride free) buys a day's worth of scenic lift rides that Fido and season pass-holders can enjoy for free.

The experience starts on the Big Springs Gondola, whose enclosed cabins run to the mid-mountain Lodge at Big Springs. From there, DogTrekkers can hop aboard a gondola on the Zephyr Express for a ride to the upper ridge-lines and sweeping views of Lake Tahoe and the snow-crusted Sierra.

Northstar's lifts operate in summer primarily to service the resort's thriving mountain bike park.

Because cyclists and dogs don't mix, foot travelers should be sure to keep their charges securely leashed in the vicinity of the bike park. A popular six-mile loop, mostly on fire roads, leads safely away from the two-wheel crowd to connect with the 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail and a pretty alpine lake perfect for a dip and a picnic.

Northstar's scenic lift rides are available Fridays-Sundays from June into September, weather permitting, and daily during the mid-summer high season.

Buy tickets at the Tickets and Season Pass Office or Plaza Bike Rental Shop in the base-area village. A bonus: novice hikers and their four-legged companions can enjoy free guided hikes along the easy Sunset Trail at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on days when lifts are operating.

Dog-friendly geo-caching excursions and family movie nights also are available at the resort.

New this year: lift-and-lunch combo passes, $24 for adults, $16 for kids.

Bring plenty of water for you and your dog, and always pick up after your pet.