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Top Tips on Taking your Dog on a Ski Holiday
Issue 24 / 22 November 2019
Top Tips on Taking your Dog on a Ski Holiday

Taking your dog on holiday to the Alps can be a tricky business so here are our top tips.

Alicia Bryan

We understand just how hard it can be to leave your dog when you go away on holiday. They are, of course, an important member of the family. However, as resorts and chalets have become more dog-friendly bringing your pooch along has never been so easy. Take note of our top tips and get ready for a snowy pawed adventure in the mountains!

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5 tips on taking your dog to the Alps

  1. In order to travel, your dog will need to have a pet passport and microchip. A visit to your vet prior to leaving the country can verify that the microchip is working and where it is located. Make sure your dog is up to date on vaccinations including rabies. They will have to wait 21 days after their rabies vaccination before they can leave the country. 
  2. Phone restaurants in advance to find out if they are a dog-friendly establishment,  many ski resorts accept well-behaved dogs in bars and restaurants.
  3. Your dog will love winter walks just as much as you, but make sure you have a paw balm or boots on hand as ice, snow and salt can all make for some sore and cracked paws. Dogs without an undercoat will also need a coat to keep them warm in freezing temperatures. 
  4. If you want to take your dog to the top of the mountain, most cable cars accept dogs for free but this depends on the policy of each resort. Dogs must be kept on a lead around the skiing areas.
  5. Not all accommodation is dog-friendly, however well-behaved your pet is, so make sure you check before you travel that the owner of the property accepts dogs. It can often depend on the size and breed of dog so probably best to leave your Great Dane at home! It is also worth noting that some owners will charge an additional cleaning fee for pets.

Some of our favourite dog-friendly chalets

WHITE VALLEY LODGE, MORZINE
White Valley Lodge is a beautiful chalet located in the French resort of Morzine. Wtih a private and scenic setting, this chalet has a wrap-around dog proof balcony from which you can admire the stunning views over the Vallée de La Manche. Complete with luxury spa facilities including an outdoor hot tub, sauna and plunge pool, White Valley Lodge even has a shower for your dog! What more could you want for the perfect Alpine escape with your four-legged friend?

FLEUR DES NEIGES, VILLARS-SUR-OLLON
Located in the beautiful resort of Villars, Fleur des Neiges has a private location nestled amongst the snow-covered trees. Recently rebuilt, this chalet offers underfloor heating and breathtaking views of the Dents du Midi from its numerous balconies and terraces. The stylish chalet has entertainment and relaxation in the form of a cinema room, sauna and jacuzzi, and is only a few minutes walk from the centre of the village and the cog railway to the slopes. There are plenty of snowy tracks where you can go for scenic walks with your dog too.

CHALET BLANC, MORZINE
With views overlooking Point de Nyon and Pleney, Chalet Blanc is just a few minutes drive from Morzine. Set around a log fireplace, Chalet Blanc has a stunning open plan living and dining area with wrap-around windows from which you can admire the mountain and forest scenery. On the lower level of the property, there is a large cinema room - perfect for relaxing in the afternoon.

CHALET CHOPINE, MERIBEL
A short drive from the Chaudanne lifts, Chalet Chopine in Méribel gives easy access to the local shops, bars and restaurants. A perfect chalet for families, guests can enjoy the peaceful spa area which includes a sauna, steam room, shower and massage area. Chalet Chopine also has a south-facing terrace where you can admire the breathtaking valley views.

If you are thinking of taking your dog on holiday with you, speak to us and we can discuss the most suitable options for your stay.

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