Dog-friendly Skiing & Snowshoeing
Our winter season is now over, and Whistler Olympic Park is closed! We are looking forward to seeing you again next winter!
Whistler Olympic Park is dog-friendly, and has the biggest off-leash area in the Sea to Sky Corridor!
Skiers, snowshoers and their dogs have access to over 40 kilometres of dog-friendly ski and snowshoe trails.
Get a ticket, park & go exploring!
Get on the trails!
Ensure to purchase a ticket or pass for yourself and your dog online or at the main gate.
Shortly after you enter through Whistler Olympic Park's main gate, you will find the two dog-friendly parking areas to your right and left. Both lots provide trail-side parking. Make sure to keep your dog leashed while in the parking lot.
Please note that dogs are not allowed in the Day Lodge, in the stadiums and on non-dog-friendly trails. Dogs must be on leash at all times, except on off-leash trails. There is no access to our dog-friendly trails from the Day Lodge. If you require rentals, we recommend picking up your equipment at the Rental Shop first, then driving down to the Dog Parking lots to enjoy skiing or snowshoeing with your dog.
cross country Skiing
- Paws Passage
- Around the World
- Metal Dome
- Zoey's Saunter
- Porter's Glide
- Brandywine View
- Glide Connector
- Real Life
- Wild Spirit
- Finger Lakes
- Into Woods
- Marley's Meander
- Shuler's Shuffle
- Paws Passage (multi-use trail)
- Porter's Glide (multi-use trail)
- Alexander Falls Explorer
- Finger Lakes
- Real Life
- Treasure Trail
Dogs on Wednesday Nights
On Wednesday Nights, skiing or snowshoeing with your dog is possible on the regular dog-friendly trails (please check the conditions page about potential closures). These trails are not lit (dogs are not allowed on the lit trail network around the Day Lodge), so owners should bring headlamps and be prepared to ski/snowshoe in the dark. It is also highly recommended that you attach a safety light to your dog's collar so that they stay visible to you and other skiers at all times.
Rules for Dogs and their Owners
For the safety and enjoyment of all, skiers are asked to adhere to our dog-skiing rules:
- All dogs brought into the Park require a season or day “Dog Pass” attached to their collar.
- All dogs must be “on-leash” when in the dog-friendly parking areas. Please adhere to the signage.
- A maximum of two dogs is permitted per user while on the multi-use trails.
- Dogs are required to be under the control of their owner at all times while in the Park.
- Owners are required to bag and remove all dog waste from the trails and parking lots (garbage bins are available on the dog-friendly trails).
- All reports of aggressive or noisy dogs will be taken seriously and investigated. Any dog accused of biting another dog or Park user, or causing damage to property will have its access privileges immediately and permanently withdrawn.
Tips for Cross Country Skiing or Snowshoeing with your Dog
make your snow adventure even more enjoyable for you and your four-legged friend!
- Make sure your dog has a valid trail ticket or pass, make yourself familiar with the dog regulations (see above) and respect dog-free areas to avoid conflicts with lessons, events and training sessions. Always leash your dog in parking lots and while preparing your skis!
- Keep your dog under control at all times. On the trails, dogs should heel and stop when they are supposed to, and should never chase other dogs, skiers or wild animals. Especially when approaching others, keep your dog close so it does not intimidate other trail users. Do some off-leash training before you hit the trails so you can safely let your dog romp freely beside you. When skiing in the dark, use lights or reflectors on your dog’s collar for extra safety!
- Walking/running on snow is physically demanding, so know your dog’s fitness level and ability! Start with short, easy trips to see how your dog responds, and gradually increase duration and intensity with each visit.
- Cold weather may affect some dogs more than others. Watch out for shivering, lethargy, slow breathing, loss of coordination or dilated pupils which are signs of frostbite or hypothermia. Consider a light dog coat if your dog tends to get cold quickly.
- While out on the trails, check paws regularly for snow and ice that can get stuck and build up which causes chafing, freezing or loss of traction. It is helpful to keep nails cut short and to slightly trim the fur between the toes. Dog booties can help protect the paws, or you can apply a special “musher wax” before you head out in the snow. Back home, dog paw salve helps to heal cracks and dryness.
- Pick up after your dog – this should go without saying! No one wants that special “wax” all over their skis, snowshoes or boots.
- Pack supplies: Bring doggie bags, and consider bringing water, treats or kibble, and on longer trips a first aid kit and a mat for your dog to sit on when you both take a break.