What, you’re a cross-country skier and your dog doesn’t have a season pass? Tahoe Donner Cross Country, consistently ranked as one of the best XC resorts in North America, will fix you up with a Doggy Day Pass or season pass. Eight trails offer dog-friendly cross-country, and that’s more than enough to have both of you work up a pant.
Skier companion dogs must be vaccinated, well behaved and able to be controlled by voice command, and owners are required to carry liability insurance. Apres-ski, the two of you can relax around a fire pit on the deck while enjoying a meal, snack or libation.
Tahoe Cross Country, near downtown Tahoe City, has two groomed, dog-friendly trails, eight kilometers in all, that the whole family can enjoy; doggy day passes and season passes are available. Kirkwood XC and Snowshoe Center, at Kirkwood Mountain Resort on Highway 88 east of Lake Tahoe, likewise has a couple of trails where you can kick and glide alongside your well-behaved pet.
Of course, there are myriad other places to ski on groomed (or ungroomed) trails with your best furry friend, but leash laws can be restrictive, so always check first.