Love Dogs? Love Snow? Meet Dog Sledding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Tis the prime sea­son of win­ter sports where out­door pur­suits of ski­ing, snow­board­ing and snow­shoe­ing are in abun­dance. A less com­mon­ly thought about win­ter activ­i­ty, dogsled­ding, is a unique and adven­tur­ous sport that glides you through beau­ti­ful scenery and land­scapes.  Plus, dog-lovers may get the oppor­tu­ni­ty to bond with these fur­ry crea­tures that race you across the snow. What was once a form of trans­porta­tion is now a form of leisure for those who seek some­thing different.

Dogsled­ding orig­i­nat­ed in the ear­ly 2000 B.C. era and then intro­duced in the states in the ear­ly 1900s in the north­ern Amer­i­c­as and Siberia region. Var­i­ous breeds of dogs are uti­lized for sled­ding, but the two most com­mon dogs used are the Siber­ian Husky and the Alaskan Malamute.

Strate­giz­ing a team of dogs requires skill, knowl­edge and a thor­ough under­stand­ing of the sport and of the ani­mals them­selves. Sled­ders place dogs in the line depend­ing on the dog’s skill as a leader, point, swing or wheel dog. Sled dogs require endurance, which can lead them to run up to 80 miles per day. Depend­ing on the length of the ride, the dogs run at a pace accord­ing to the dis­tance. In poor trail con­di­tions, dogs may run six to sev­en miles per hour, but up to 10 to 14 miles per hour in longer hauls, which is con­sid­ered “slow­er” than the aver­age short dis­tanced run.

Ready to explore the snow on a sleigh? These orga­ni­za­tions below fea­ture a vari­ety of dogsled­ding pack­ages for a fun-filled ride through snowy lands.

Win­ter­green Dogsled Lodge
Loca­tion: Ely, Minnesota
With 28 years in busi­ness, Win­ter­green offers vis­i­tors a vari­ety of overnight sev­er­al-night trips for adults, teens, and kids.  In addi­tion, Win­ter­green offers spe­cial pro­grams such as  “Arc­tic Trips” and “Dog Sled Trip & Pho­to Skills Work­shop.” Labeled as one of the “best” by Nation­al Geo­graph­ic and Out­side Mag­a­zine, Win­ter­green offers more than an amaz­ing expe­ri­ence, but a chance to bond with the fur­ry team mem­bers. Vis­i­tors are allowed care for the pups through feed­ing, bed­ding, and harnessing.

Jack­son Hole’s Con­ti­nen­tal Divide Dog Sled Adventures
Loca­tion: Jack­son Hole, Wyoming
Trav­el at the speed of dog through­out Jack­son and the Greater Yel­low­stone region.  Tours led by third gen­er­a­tion Wyoming native, the Snod­grass fam­i­ly, have received nation­al press cov­er­age through Pets Part of the Fam­i­ly Show and the Great Out­doors­man Show.  Bil­ly Snod­grass was fea­tured on Dis­cov­ery Online in 1998 about his first Idi­tar­od Dog Sled Race.  Dogsled­ding trips com­mence in mid-Novem­ber and last through April.  Half, full day and overnight tours avail­able.  Tours are led through­out the Grand Teton Nation­al Park.

Austin’s Alas­ka Adventures
Loca­tion: St. Michael, Alaska
Austin’s Alas­ka Adven­tures is fish­ing and dog mush­ing tour com­pa­ny, which has been oper­at­ing since 1976. The com­pa­ny has earned achieve­ments such as an 18 time Idi­tar­od fin­ish­er and a hall of fame inductee.  Tours run through­out the West­ern Alas­ka and Arc­tic Cir­cle region.  Sled amongst cari­bou, moose, eagles, seals, and wolves. Also, it is pos­si­ble to see the North­ern lights, frozen oceans, and snow­capped moun­tain peaks. When you are tired and hun­gry, enjoy a deli­cious meal cooked by Clara who is known for whip­ping up tasty meals.