For a family of snow bunnies, why should Fido sit out? Meet skijoring: a winter sport where the (intermediate level) cross-country skier is pulled over the snow by a dog. With a name coming from the Inuit word for “Let’s Go,” Atii Sled Dogs will evaluate any breed that weighs at least 35 pounds and likes to run. Dress warmly and bring (or rent) your XC skis, and the Mad River Valley, Vt. company will provide all the skijoring gear and two-hour lessons for $100 per person-dog combo. Curious where to stay – and other fun, local activities in Vermont –
Stay at the nearby PowderHound Inn with 25 two-room suites or, for an extra treat, check out the Pawhouse Inn about 60 miles away in West Rutland. Perfect for families who want to hit the nearby slopes of Killington (18 miles), this inn features a 1,200 sq. foot indoor facility where dogs play from 10a.m. to 4p.m. under the supervision of hotel staff at no extra charge. Grab a copy of Best Hikes With Dogs: New Hampshire and Vermont beforehand or the inn will provide maps and directions for nearby dog-friendly hiking trails for the entire family to enjoy as well.