We just came back from an overnight mini- vacation from Silver Mountain resort. And I have to say that we had a great time! This was our first trip with Felony, our four-legged boy too. I usually comb through the internet before I book any hotel for any trip that we are going to, and Silver Mountain had a mix of good and bad reviews, not enough pictures or information that would have made it easy for me to book for a stay. However, when I called them and asked if they allowed pets, and they said yes, I booked immediately.
It was just one night, and after all – it is always up to us to make the best out of anything.
We booked a one bedroom condo packaged with Snow Tubing tickets for 2 adults and 1 child, wristband entry to Silver Rapids Indoor Waterpark for each of us and a $30 non-refundable pet fee included, which added up to around $350.++ with taxes. Payment is required upon reservation, and if you plan on bringing your pet with you – it is best to book by phone.
The only problem that we had was our snow tubing was mistakenly booked on a a different date from our stay! But, it was corrected promptly by the management after a phone call.
We left Kennewick at around 9:30am yesterday and was at the resort by 1:30PM. We were a bit early for the check-in time, but the front desk staff assisted us promptly and even gave us a welcome dog bag for Felony.
Our condo hotel room was located in Building B on the 3rd floor. Not all the rooms are pet friendly, that is why it is best to call them when you book. We were pleasantly surprised with the size of our temporary home. We had a king size bed in the bedroom, a bathroom with his and hers sinks, a washer and dryer unit, a dining table that sits 6, a small living room with a pull away bed, a full kitchen with some utensils and cookware, a balcony and a nice fireplace. The only bad thing I can say about the room – is the close proximity to the restaurant downstairs. We can hear the band playing – however, we were all so very tired at night that it didn’t bother us at all.
We had a chance to just relax for a little bit and get ready for our snow tubing from 3:00-5:00PM. Since we booked with the snow tubing included, all we had to do was head on the ticketing office to get our tickets. The ticketing office and the gondola loading point is just within ~300-500ft walking distance from our condo building and was easily accesible. We originally did not plan on bringing Felony with us up for snow tubing, but we sure glad that we did!
Dogs and other pets are allowed on the Gondola ride and everywhere else, as long as he or she is on a leash. And we always made it a point to be courteous to other people, and always cleaned up after Felony.
The gondola ride takes about 20-25minutes, and was said to be the longest one in the world. That I’m not sure, it sure feels like the longest ride, when your dog farts in an enclosed gondola cabin! 😀
And yes, we were allowed to go snow tubing down with Felony, as long as the dog stays with you in the tube for the entire ride. My husband rode down with him twice and I did it once. It was tough though! You can feel his whole body tensing up! He just had his head put and he was having a ball! Half of the time, I thought that he was just going to jump out from the tube! It was quite the struggle to go back up the carpet, a.k.a. “conveyor belt,” holding on your tube and your 56-pound muscle of pure energy jumping by the snow bank… But, you know what? It was all worth it!
It was also Sky’s first time to go snow tubing, and he was just having a ball himself! Him being 9 now, he slid down and went back up mostly by himself. And at one point, had his Dad push him down the lane, and winning a snow tubing “race.”
After an hour and a half playing in the snow, we were ready to go back down for some food and to head on to the water park.
This time around we left Felony in our room and us humans, walked to Silver Rapids Indoor Waterpark from our building, which is again a very close walk for us. We had our wristbands on, and we did rent a large locker for $6 with a refundable deposit of $10. We had a quick dinner at the Lunch Bucket, where they offered the usual fast food fare. Not stellar, but good waterpark food.
We took it easy at the waterpark. We just checked out the ones that we wanted to try, like the Flowrider, Moose raft ride, Gold rush and prospector plunge and for Sky it was the Crossing and the Water Mine.
We walked back to our room and when we opened the door, Felony was walking to greet us – like he was drunk from his sleep. He was as pooped as we are. 🙂
After a great night’s sleep, the only place that serves breakfast was Mountain Cafe, which was located in thr ground floor of our building. If you do get to go there, their Eggs Benedict is a must-order! They are unfortunately only open for breakfast up until 12:00nn.
We checked out at 11:00am and drove back home. It was a great overnight experience for us as a complete family. Just spending the night and doing what we did was just perfect for us, a little bit of snow, then a little bit of water – and a whole lot of family time this weekend. And I am mostly happy with how truly pet-friendly Silver Mountain resort is!
You can check them out at www.silvermt.com.
Note: This review is personal and from first hand experience and not a paid post.