Today we packed up the dogs and drove the 1.5 hour trip to Whistler Olympic Park (WOP) for a cross country skiing adventure. WOP designates approx ten kilometres of it's trails as dog-friendly as well some dog-friendly snowshoe trails. We opted to ski with the dogs today. This was Stella's first snow experience and she had a blast. Riley has lots of experience with skiing and it ranks on the list of his favourite things. I wasn't sure if Stella would be a fan of the cold snow but the temperature was sitting close to zero and she had a coat on and didn't mind the snow at all. She even often ventured off the groomed trails to bounce through the deeper snow areas.
Stella figured out pretty quickly how to stay out of the way of the skiers although she tried to "herd" me on some of the downhill sections until I convinced her that wasn't a very good idea. I am not a fast skier so the pace is very suitable for the dogs to play and have lots of fun. I occasionally get up some good speed on the downhill areas and the dogs seem to almost cheer as they escort me along with joyfull bounces and big grins.
There were lots of other dogs out on the trail so Stella had fun playing with them. I think Riley was grateful to have her attention diverted for a while although he occasionally joined in with the play. He is generally happy to greet other dogs for a quick sniff and then moves on to his next item of interest. Stella is still a puppy so likes to play with other dogs but is always watching us and is happy to leave them to stay with us. She especially had a great time playing with a Burmese Mountain Dog who's owner was skiing around the same pace as me. We all had a great afternoon and the dogs were asleep almost before we left the parking lot.