Can I drive my own team? There are two opportunities to drive the sled. Both are only offered on the 10-mile tour. The first possible opportunity is as part of the normal 10-mile tour where you and your guide switch places in the same sled. The cost is the same. We start out with the mushing guide in control of the sled. We provide an overview of the sled’s operation and dog commands before departure and when you switch places with the guide, standing on the runners and guiding the team!
The second opportunity is where you personally drive a team of sled dogs down the trail. Guests receive instruction on how to operate and control the sled before DRIVING THEIR OWN TEAM DOWN THE TRAIL (and with the guide in a separate sled)! Advance reservation is required for this and the price is $250 per person with a two-person maximum per sled.
How many people fit on a sled? This depends on the size and weight of the passengers. Typically, only two people will fit comfortably on the sled, the driver and the passenger. However, if the passengers are small we can sometimes have 3 in the sled. For larger parties we have a “tag” sled that pulls behind the main sled.
How long are the tours? The six-mile tour is 3 hours from harnessing dogs to unharnessing. The 10-mile tour is 4 hours from harness to unharness. The additional time is for safety instruction, harnessing/unharnessing, enjoying photo opportunities along the trail, and interacting with the dogs. For guests who may be short on time we can arrange to have them present for only the ride, but need advance notice. Additionally the price is still the same since there is no difference in the work for the guides and dogs.
What is proper dog mushing attire? We ask that you dress for extremely cold temperatures. Dress in warm layers with proper winter boots with a negative temperature rating. If you are driving the sled you should be wearing a boot with at least a -30 Farenheit temperature rating. A minimum of a ski jacket and ski pants, warm winter hat, heavy gloves or mittens, and glove liners. Parkas, hats, balaclavas, mittens/gloves are provided free of charge but must be requested in advance.
What do I as the dog musher wear? On the coldest of days you will find me wearing long underwear, lined carhart bib overalls, at least one fleece or wool sweater, a facemask, wool hat, balaclava, and perhaps a ski mask. On my feet I will be wearing either bunny boots (-40 F)or Baffin extreme cold weather boots (-148 F). Wool lined leather mittens or beaver mitts, and glove liners.
Why do you need weight of individual guests? We must know the weight of each guest to accurately determine the number of sled dogs needed to pull the sled and most importantly to make sure that when guests are driving the sled there isn’t too much dog power making it difficult to stop.
Can we pet the athletes (aka the dogs)? Most of our dogs love the attention. Some of our dogs are new to the sport of mushing, have come from the animal shelter, or a home where they were not well-socialized early in life and are a little shy. These dogs are all mild-mannered and loving but some should be approached more gently than others to avoid scaring them.
Can we take pictures? Absolutely yes! The only time we require that you do not take pictures is when you are in control of the sled. There will be plenty of time to stretch legs and take pictures along the trail.
Is food allowed? Yes, you are welcome to bring your own food. We provide hot apple cider, hot chocolate, or coffee, and a few snacks.
What is your cancellation policy? We have a 48-hour cancellation policy for groups of 4 or less and a 72-hour cancellation policy for groups of 5 or more. Changes or cancellations made within this timeframe will require full payment and will be charged to the credit card that is on file at the time of booking. To cancel call (907) 209-1342.