This is a very popular activity. Reservations for weekends, Christmas vacations, and anytime mid-February to the last week of March should be made 2 or 3 weeks in advance. For any other time, reservations should be made a few days in advance.
Our guides will always decide the configuration (which person goes where) on the sleds. We usually configure 2 adults per sled (one driver, one passenger). Children under 90lbs and seniors go with the guides for safety reasons. The configuration also depends on the weather and snow conditions. Depending on the participants, we can sometimes arrange 2 adults and 1 child on one sled.
These dogs are working dogs, who are bred to pull and run in a cold environment. They are trained and fed properly to be able to do it well. They like pulling a sled as much as a retriever likes fetching a stick. This will become obvious before the ride starts. Feel free to ask your guide anything you want about sled dogs. Learning about the dogs is an interesting part of the experience.
Yes, each participant over 90lbs will have a chance to drive the sled. The reason for the weight restriction is to be able to apply enough pressure when needed on the brake to stop the dogs from moving forward.
Doglsedding is a physical sport and may occasionally require drivers to run alongside or help push the sled.
Warm boots, snowsuits, gloves; tuque and even hot pads are suggested.
Dress in layers. Drivers will sometimes be standing still and sometimes will be running along with the sled. Drivers will be using the foot brake which kicks up snow onto your pants. Good boots are important for this activity. On snowy or windy days we suggest you bring ski goggles if you have them. Ski helmet recommended.
Yes, whenever possible! Usually the first and last departures of the day will allow you to visit the kennel as well as the puppies (seasonal).