The dog says hello from Nipika

Tessa loves skiing at dog-friendly Nipika. Jan 3, 2011

I knew we’d get a lot of reaction to my recent post entitled “Dogs.”  It’s no surprise that we tied the record for most views in a single day with 1153.

Thanks for all the comments. This is an issue which both sides are passionate about, and constructive dialogue is always healthy. I’ve been on both sides of the fence – I was severely bitten by a dog when I was a small kid, and was not exactly fond of the creatures until forty years later when circumstances altered my attitude.

If you don’t like dogs, I realize there’s nothing anyone can do to change that. All I can say is that I’m glad that I was converted. I would consider Steve Rigg’s comment to be the voice of reason on the issue. I  would suggest to the people in charge of West Bragg to frame Steve’s comment and post it at the trailhead. Yeah, and relax, everyone.

We’re at Nipika Mountain Resort on the edge of Kootenay National Park and about a half-hour from Radium Hot Springs.  This place is nothing short of fantastic for cross-country skiers. If you like dogs, it’s even more fantastic.

Two German Shepherds and a Springer Spaniel check out the the Nipika daylodge and wax room. Jan 3, 2011

We arrived in time to get settled in our cabin and go for a late-afternoon ski to the Natural Bridge. Snow and trail conditions are wonderful. I don’t think three days will be long enough to cover all the trails here.

Tessa and her human prepare to go skiing at Nipika. Jan 3, 2011

The owner of Nipika, Lyle Wilson, is about the friendliest and kindest man you’ll ever meet. He’s done wonders to make this into a family-friendly getaway in one of the most scenic places you’ll ever visit. Although it’s a lot of work, you can se that Nipika is a labour of love for Lyle.

Some young skate-skiers at Nipika. Jan 3, 2011

Most of the trails here are double trackset and wide enough for skating. The grooming is done with a Pisten-Bully so its top-notch.

Kids preparing for a fast and exciting run down Mt Sledmore, the toboggan hill, as the Springer Spaniel cheers them on. Jan 3, 2011

There’s a guest book in our cabin with comments from visitors.  Here’s a few of them:

“We loved Nipika. The trails are great. The days were fun-filled with all the dogs, ski trails, skating, and hot-tubbing. Can’t wait to come back!”

“Coffee in bed while you watch the sun rise over the valley. Wonderful cross-country ski along the river bank as the snow falls. Warm fire in the stove and the glow of candlelight. An oh-so-hot hot tub under the stars.”

“Great to have a place you can bring a dog!”

“The dog had a fantastic time here…a real paradise for running free and playing.”

“5 perfect nights. We will try to keep this place a secret – but it’s going to be hard…and Rufus was a perfect companion for our small city dog.”

Spectacular scenery at Nipika. Jan 3, 2011

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