MVSTA proudly allows dogs on selected trails in the Methow Valley. It is a program that we have run for years and despite a dog’s inability to talk, anyone who has ever seen a dog out on the ski trails can’t deny the joy it brings to these animals. It is contagious.
Dog are welcome on these trails in the Valley:
- Rendezvous System. See map for detailed info about which Rendezvous trails allow for dogs (28K). Access to the dog trails only from Cub Creek and Gunn Ranch, no dog access from Mazama side. Dog Pass is required for all the trails in the Rendezvous system.
- Lunachick -Accessed at the Edelweiss Camping area parking lot (1.6 K) This trail is multi-use, for walking, snowshoeing, skiing and dogs. No trail pass needed until you get to the Suspension Bridge/Community Trail junction.
- Big Valley Trail - Big Valley Trailhead (4 K and 8 K loops). No dog pass needed. This is a multi-use trail available for free to all users.
While dogs are not humans, they do have the same impact on trails as skiers and in some cases a slightly greater impact. In order to keep our four-legged facilities top notch for both dogs and skiers the Methow Valley has a new dog pass program this winter. Dog owners must purchase a $35 annual pass or a $5 day pass at the MVSTA office and sign the “Conditions of Use” agreement. All dogs must wear their numbered pass at all times while on the ski trails. Now they can proudly display their alligence to the trails just like skiers. Funds from the dog pass program help MVSTA maintain and enhance the skiing infrastructure. Below are some of the conditions of use that every pet owner needs to know. Thanks for your support.
Condition of Use (Skiers with Dogs)
- Dog owners must purchase a $35 annual pass or a $5 day pass at the MVSTA office and sign the “Conditions of Use” agreement. All dogs must wear a numbered pass at all times while on the ski trails. *The Big Valley trails are free to dogs with no pass required; however, your purchase of a dog pass does greatly contribute to operations of this popular trail.*
- Dog owners must have their dogs in visual contact and under voice control at all times. If your dog chases wildlife or you cannot control your dog around other trail users your dog must remain leashed.
- Aggressive dogs are not permitted on the trails.
- Dog owners are responsible for picking up poop on the trail.
- No more than 2 dogs per skier.
- Failure to abide by the conditions of use may result in loss of trail passes.
- As the dog owner you are responsible & liable for your dog(s) behavior and actions.
- If your dog wanders or is excited please keep your dog in your vehicle or on leash while getting your ski gear ready. It may also be a good idea to keep your dog on leash within 200m of a trailhead.
- First time users should consider coming at off-peak times for your initial ski. Dogs behave differently in different environments and both for the safety of you, your dog, and other trail users please “tread lightly” on the first few outings. Stick close to your dog the first time they ski with you. They are likely to get really happy and excited and might not quite understand what to do.