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What do you do w/ your dog when you're skiing?

post #1 of 17
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I live in the Denver area and a bunch of friends and I are getting a ski share. We are trying to get a dog friendly one as 4 of the 10 of us have dogs. If we can't find one we're basically SOL I believe. Suggestions on what you do w/ your dog if you want to ski for the weekend? If it weren't for the traffic I'd just drive every time but it's pretty unbearable. Boarding them every weekend is going to cost more than the ski share. 

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Orrrr. If anyone knows of a pet-friendly ski season rental near Summit county for 2100 or less that'd be amazing. 

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Find a friend who's always wanted a dog to watch them? If it were me, I'd board them--I think I only pay about $22 a day. Actually, I probably wouldn't spend the time and money on a rental. Maybe I'm missing something, but if you're going there just for the weekend, won't you be driving in the traffic anyway? I know I-70 traffic is bad, but I don't know if it's bad enough to spend all that coin on a rental. I'd imagine pet friendly timeshares have to be pretty scarce.

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Find a friend who's always wanted a dog to watch them? If it were me, I'd board them--I think I only pay about $22 a day. Actually, I probably wouldn't spend the time and money on a rental. Maybe I'm missing something, but if you're going there just for the weekend, won't you be driving in the traffic anyway? I know I-70 traffic is bad, but I don't know if it's bad enough to spend all that coin on a rental. I'd imagine pet friendly timeshares have to be pretty scarce.

 

 

Negative...the traffic is on Sat/Sun mornings and Sat/Sun evenings...if you have a place you drive on Friday night and Mon morning (or very late Sun night).  You miss all the traffic.  
 

 

post #5 of 17
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No, I'm usually up there for at least 30 nights. I work at a school from 1pm - 9pm so I go up fri night at 10 when there's no traffic, ski all weekend and get a few turns in on monday morn before coming back to reality. I also obviously have quite a few holidays off, I'm up there for about 14 days straight over christmas. Last year (before i got the dogs) it saved me an 8 hr drive and let me ski a 2ft dump we had overnight. For me, the $200 a month is well worth it. I figure when I can stay there for two weeks instead of making a drive every day it pays for itself in gas money for that month at least. 
 

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Find a friend who's always wanted a dog to watch them? If it were me, I'd board them--I think I only pay about $22 a day. Actually, I probably wouldn't spend the time and money on a rental. Maybe I'm missing something, but if you're going there just for the weekend, won't you be driving in the traffic anyway? I know I-70 traffic is bad, but I don't know if it's bad enough to spend all that coin on a rental. I'd imagine pet friendly timeshares have to be pretty scarce.



 

post #6 of 17

Check out the boarding places in Summit and Vail... I had to board my dog in the front range once and found in general it was much more expensive than boarding in the mtns (I pay $20/day here and that includes playtime, fetch, etc... Denver was like $40/day if I wanted him to have playtime).  Honestly, you would probably be able to find a place with 1-2 dogs, but 4... that's going to be tough.  If you find a place that will even allow 2, work out a schedule with the other dog owners where you alternate weekends.

post #7 of 17

have you ever boarded your dog before? Might want to check that out first. I know a lot of dogs that can't be boarded; just too stressful.  You don't want to travel to some place for a week of skiing only to spend your vacation hanging with your dog or after stressing him for a week you have  pretty messed up dog.  Just speaking from experience......

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@finndogg - thanks. i don't think they'd have too much of a problem because they're pretty well adjusted but I'll definitely take that into consideration. I will test the waters before I leave them there for a whole weekend. 

 

@tam - i doubt we'd ever have 4 dogs up there at one time. my girlfriend will have them most every time i go up there but she wanted to join for a few weekends. we take them snow shoeing before we go anywhere so they're basically tuckered out for the whole day while we're gone. we're even having trouble finding a place that would allow them outside. (we have two st bernards so w/ a little shelter they're fine outside). thanks for the mountain boarding suggestion. i figured it would have been much more up in summit county.  

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@finndogg - thanks. i don't think they'd have too much of a problem because they're pretty well adjusted but I'll definitely take that into consideration. I will test the waters before I leave them there for a whole weekend. 

 

@tam - i doubt we'd ever have 4 dogs up there at one time. my girlfriend will have them most every time i go up there but she wanted to join for a few weekends. we take them snow shoeing before we go anywhere so they're basically tuckered out for the whole day while we're gone. we're even having trouble finding a place that would allow them outside. (we have two st bernards so w/ a little shelter they're fine outside). thanks for the mountain boarding suggestion. i figured it would have been much more up in summit county.  

 

I think DnR is the only one in Summit that is open every day ... the problem is that if you are getting to town very late on Fridays, they won't be open. We have used them, but it was a long time ago -- so it might be worth calling to see if they do a late check-in on Fridays, which would make sense. Anyway, we finally bought a condo, and  I swear, having dogs was about half the reason ... It's so much easier this way!

 

As for prices, I checked, and our kennel is about the same as DnR. The only difference is that you would probably board for less time if you took dogs to mountains. And a plug: I love our doggie daycare/boarding kennel ... they are $18 for a full day, $28 overnight ($20 per add'l dog), right in Englewood on Quincy between Santa Fe and Broadway.  http://www.thedoghouserules.com/index.html   They let the dogs play all together the whole time, only kenneling them for sleeping and eating. So if your dogs have any aggression issues, it doesn't really work, but if your dogs love playing outside with tons of big dogs, it's awesome. My dog is usually with me during the day, but I take him to daycare every couple of weeks because he LOVES it. It isn't for all dogs; we had to hire dog sitters for our last two because they couldn't stand kennels, but this one is in hog heaven.

 

post #10 of 17
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Trust me, I'd love to buy a condo, and hope to eventually but I'm 27 so it's not exactly within my means currently. Thanks for the tips on a good day care. They love playing w/ other dogs and have 0 aggression. 

post #11 of 17

I left Summit County about 4 years ago, but when I lived there I was a regular at DnR.  My dog was not socialized to play with other dogs, but she was accommodated by the caretakers.  They would just let her out on her own (I forget the term they used...maybe "run-alone").  If you go there, tell them Shadow sent you!

post #12 of 17

Easy solution! Take your dog skiing with you! They love it! I think most resorts frown upon this, but it's a great excuse to get into BC skiing. biggrin.gif

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@nobueno - question for you, where is the condo?  Dillon by any chance?

post #14 of 17

How about this -- get all your 4 dogs together in one house and hire a house/dog sitter to take care of all 4. If you'd spend 20 per night per dog, and pay the dogsitter 30 a night for 4 dogs, well, that's a pretty good deal.

 

We have the same problem, even with one dog, for a long weekend you're paying for 4 nights lodging even if they only stay three nights. If you want to drop off Friday morning at 9:00, you have to reserve for Thursday night, since they can't rent the kennel space for Thursday night if you're dropping off Friday a.m. So it ends up being a hundred bucks minimum for a long weekend. With more than one dog a house sitter is the way to go.

 

Ask around at your vet's office to see if they can refer anyone.

post #15 of 17
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@jayT - There are a few in Dillon/silverthorne and one in Breck. The one in breck is a perfect match but the guy lives in Indiana and is supposed to show us the house at the end of the month but he stopped returning my calls/texts so we're up in the air right now.

 

@ice queen - that's a pretty great idea. i'll def look into that. thanks!

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Trust me, I'd love to buy a condo, and hope to eventually but I'm 27 so it's not exactly within my means currently. Thanks for the tips on a good day care. They love playing w/ other dogs and have 0 aggression. 



Perfect time to start.....buy a place and rent out the rooms as seasonal shares to your friends.  Then do what you can to get rental income in the summer.  The earlier you start the earlier you own it and not the bank.  You can get pretty value for your money in SuCo right now if you are a discerning shopper (all things being relative)

post #17 of 17

Not sure how things work out your way, but here in the East in your situation, I'd put a request on Craigslist for a private party to look after our dog near the ski area.  Then if I got some responses, I'd head up there in the fall with our dog and check them out.  With this economy I'm sure you could find a dog lover with a private home who would love to take in 20 bucks a night for a low maintenance dog.

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