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Montana dog-friendly trail open to skiers with canine companions

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BOZEMAN - Looking for a way to get on your skis but also take your dog? Well, thanks to a few local organizations, you can!

"We've been getting interests over the last couple of years of people wanting to ski with their dogs," said Kevin Marvinney, trails manager for the Bridger Ski Foundation.

Per this request, the Bridger Ski Foundation teamed up with Run Dog Run and were able to get the funding and approval from the city of Bozeman to build the ski trail.

"The pieces all came together so we decided, let's try this. We have a space where we keep our equipment. There's convenient parking so we just needed snow and the grooming time," said Marvinney.

The trail is located in downtown Bozeman, off of Buttonwood Road, what many know as the entrance to the Sweet Pea Festival. The trail is open to the public, but there are a few rules to keep in mind before getting out there with your pup.

"We do ask that folks have their dogs on leash from the parking lot to the ski trail, and we only want dogs here that are socialized and friendly. Clean up after your dog; we want to make sure that we are good citizens and good stewards," said Terry Cunningham, executive director of Run Dog Run.

"There are some directional things we ask. We ask folks to ski in a counter-clockwise direction so we're all going the same way,” said Cunningham. “Keep your dog within sight. Having your dog under voice control is a must here and most important, enjoy yourself. This is an exhilarating course that has a couple different loops to it. There are some thrilling downhill if you'd like there is a little bit of a slow grade uphill and you can do the loop a different way every time.”

This is the only trail of its kind in the downtown area. The two other trails a bit further away that you can bring your dog to are Hyalite and Sourdough.

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