Buy Squaw pass for $25 – if you’re a dog |

Buy Squaw pass for $25 – if you’re a dog

Diane Howell has worked at Squaw Valley USA for 20 years. You can bet she has a season pass. Her daughter, Hayley, got her first season pass when she was 6 months old. Now, Howell’s 6-month-old golden retriever wears a season pass around his neck, too.

“He’ll wear it hiking,” Howell said about her puppy, Rex.

After a swim, Rex posed for his pass picture Tuesday with his K-9 friends Bailey and Jamaica, whose owners also bought them passes.

“It’s a perfect playdate,” Howell said. “Come to the pond, and then get your pass picture taken.”

Squaw is selling $25 pet passes for the second year to raise money for the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe and Squaw Valley Avalanche Dog Rescue.

Squaw Ticket Manager Ivan Mcgurk, who photographed the dogs for their passes, said about 10 dogs have gotten passes so far this season. Last summer, a few birds and cats bought passes, too.

Pass-holding pets receive 10 percent off dog and cat treats at Tails by the Lake and 10 percent off dog accessories at High Camp Bath & Tennis Sport Shop and The North Face.

Mcgurk said the pet passes are a great way to support a good cause. They also reflect Squaw’s pet-friendly atmosphere, where friendly pets are welcome in Squaw’s Village, on the hiking trails and in the cable car.

“(Rex) likes to go up the cable car,” Howell said. “If he wants to hike up Shirley Canyon and ride the cable car down, he’ll need a pass for that.”

Dogs are also welcome on the patio at the Blue Coyote Sports Grill, and they visit the restaurant nearly every day, owner Jake McCormick said. Just ask for the water bucket, and the servers will bring out a cold beverage.

Animals are especially welcome at Squaw on Sept. 13 and 14 for the fifth annual Art Bark Fest – Animal Art & Wine Festival. Also at the resort, Tails by the Lake provides dog walking, in-home visits and other licensed, bonded and insured dog services.

To buy a pet pass, call Special Tickets at 452-7123.

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