Winter Dog Fun

Most dogs love playing in the snow! If your dog is not used to the snow or altitude, and based on his or her physical fitness level, use common sense selecting the appropriate cross-country or snowshoeing trips. Below are some North Tahoe dog friendly skiing and snowshoeing options.

Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area
 - Tahoe City

Your pup is welcome to join you on most of the blue and many of the green runs. Puppy lift tickets are required. 

Let's ski: Tahoe XC 

North Tahoe Regional Park
 - Tahoe Vista

Looking to go for a snowshoe? You're sure to get in a workout.

Let's snowshoe: NTRP 

Backcountry Skiing - Lake Tahoe 

There is no shortage of backcountry skiing. Know before you go! Visit the Sierra Avalanche Center for the latest information on skiing conditions in Tahoe and Truckee. Get avi trained. Know the limitations of your pup. While you're surfing the pow, they're leaping and bounding through the snow. 


Below are just a few of our top picks! Visit any one of the backcountry shops in Truckee or Tahoe City for more local beta.

North Lake

Mt. Rose is the early season backcountry spot in Tahoe. Take Hwy 431 from Incline Village to the top. You'll find people parked on both sides of the road for 2-3 miles on either side of the summit. Great cross-country skiing can be found on the east side of the road just before the summit. Local's Tip: good snow years create lots of opportunity to build kickers or find natural jumps. I've launched 20-feet into the air but have yet to land successfully. But in those deep years, a healthy launch with a pillow-soft landing is kind of fun!  

West Shore

Jakes makes a great ski along Tahoe's West Shore. Park just before the road closes at Emerald Bay. A local's favorite for years, there will likely be a skin track already in place. I can remember skinning up in headlamps! If you want to feel like you're skiing into the lake, this is your spot. Local's Tip: after skiing at Jakes, stop at the Tahoe House for a sandwich and soup, sit by the fireplace, find bliss! 


Castle Peak is accessed from the Boreal exit on I-80. A snow park is located on the south side of 80; purchase a sno-park pass. There are a lot of options here. Most people will ski towards Castle Peak on the west side of the peak. Some of the better runs are behind Castle Peak skiing toward the Peter Grub Hut, where you can stay the night with a whole bunch of new friends!