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Take your dogs on a winter vacation at Snow Mountain Ranch

Snow Mountain Ranch is nestled in the winter wonderland of Fraser Valley.
Snow Mountain Ranch is nestled in the winter wonderland of Fraser Valley.
Carrie Dow

Tucked away in Fraser Valley between Winter Park and Granby are 5200 acres of winter wonderland. Snow Mountain Ranch is perfect for families with a variety of indoor and outdoor activities all year around. All that family fun extends to the family dog as well.

Play in the 5200 acres of winter wonderland that is Snow Mountain Ranch
Carrie Dow

Officially founded in 1969 by the YMCA of the Rockies, Snow Mountain Ranch began as a family gathering place in the beautiful and tranquil Rocky Mountains and continues that mission today. The shear variety of activities proves that there is indeed something for everyone and for Snow Mountain Ranch that includes our four-legged friends.

Snow Mountain Ranch is a huge complex of lodgings and activity buildings and while dogs can’t go everywhere, there is still plenty of things to do with your pet. Dogs are not allowed in the hotel-like Indian Peaks, Aspen Hall or Silver Sage Lodges, however, dogs are allowed, up to two per family, in the cozy one-room yurts and inside the two- to five-bedroom family cabins. Pets are also welcome in the RV camping spots in summer.

For those who love the snow and snow dogs, Snow Mountain Ranch is full of outdoor fun. The ranch offers skiing and snowboarding, cross-country skiing, ice skating, tubing and snow shoeing. All the necessary equipment is available for rent if you can’t bring it or don’t have it. The ranch has over 100 kilometers of trails and three of them are open to dogs. The Travis dog loop is a 1.6 kilometer trail, the Bamse dog loop is a 2.2 kilometer trail, and the Ten Mile Creek Trail is 4.2 kilometers. Cross-country skiers can even take their dogs Skijoring, an activity where the cross-country skier is pulled by their dog.

Coming in 2015, Snow Mountain Ranch will open an off-leash dog park area where dogs can romp and play with their families and with other dogs. Plans for this 5-acre park include a shaded shelter, water troughs and a perimeter walking trail. The park will be divided into two sections, a 1-acre small dog area and a 4-acre large dog area. More details about the new dog park will come later this year.

If it’s too cold out, take it indoors with roller skating, rock wall climbing, archery, basketball, ping pong and a library and craft center. There is even an indoor pool and sauna. Dogs are not allowed at these activities, service dogs excepted. However, your pup can relax in the cabin while the family enjoys these activities.

Snow Mountain Ranch has 52 family cabins and 12 yurts. The yurts are open in winter, but be advised they are not heated. Dog fees are $10 per dog per night with a maximum charge of $100. Dogs stay for free in the summer RV sites. To learn more or to book online, visit the ranch’s website. So when heading to the mountains, no need to leave a furry family member behind. Spend a winter week at Snow Mountain Ranch where dogs are part of the family.

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