drive your own dog team

2 hour tour

Photo credit: WM Photography

This trip is designed for those eager to experience an authentic Alaskan mushing experience -- driving your own dog team!  

This is the real deal, which means you are not just along for a ride -- you are an active participant in this adventure. You will drive your own small team of 4-6 dogs. The guide drives their own team just ahead of you, keeping an eye on the dogs, the trail, and your progress. 

 

Before departure, your guide will introduce you to your team and give you a lesson on how to drive the sled. You will learn how to  harness a sled dog, how to slow and stop your team before taking off on a scenic trip that will take you four miles roundtrip through beautiful old growth boreal forest to the top of a ridge, where vast panoramic views of the White Mountains and the Chatanika River Valley await. Midway through your tour, we will pull over for photos, hot drinks, and a home baked treat. 

This is a 2 tour hour from arrival to departure, with a minimum of 1 hour on the dog sled. Sometimes we spend extra time teaching, talking, petting dogs and/or taking pictures on the trail, which is why we suggest budgeting 4 hours, including drive time, for this tour. 

No previous mushing experience is required. We will teach you everything you need to know to feel comfortable and well equipped for your time on the trail.  99% of our clients have never stepped foot on a dog sled before! You are accompanied at all times by a professional dog sledding guide who oversees the whole experience, allowing you to relax and enjoy the thrill of driving your own dog team. The tour starts going uphill, meaning it will be likely be necessary to help your dogs going uphill, which requires some balance and cardio output.

COVID19 Precautions: This is a private tour. 2 person minimum is required for booking. Masks will be required for the entirety of the tour. The guide will also remain masked for the duration of the tour. 

the basics

Price: $219 per person.

20% Discount for Military & Alaska Residents and large groups (5+).

Military/AK: please send email with proof of residency  for discount code to lisbet@arcticdogco.com.

Time: 10:00 A.M; 2:00 PM daily. 

Duration: 2-3 hours from arrival to departure.

Season: November 15, 2020 -- March 1, 2021 *  

Group size: Private tours only. Two person minimum. 4 person maximum. Larger groups, please inquire directly at lisbet@arcticdogco.com to book. 

Masks will be required for the entirety of the tour. Your guide will wear a mask at all times.

*Season start/end is dependent on snow cover & spring multi-day trip dates. Often we are running tours by mid November, but we cannot guarantee availability til December. If your tour is canceled due to low snow conditions, we will refund you in full. 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

✔ Drive your own dog team 

✔ Dog mushing lessons

✔ 1+ hour of dog sledding

✔ 4+ miles of trail

✔ Cold weather parkas & boots

✔ Home-baked treats and hot drinks

✔ Scenic mountain vistas

will i drive my own dog team? 

Yes. You will drive your own small team of 4-6 dogs. One person per sled. You are accompanied at all times by a professional dog sledding guide who oversees the whole experience, allowing you to relax and enjoy the thrill of driving your own dog team. Before departure, your guide will introduce you to your team and give you a lesson on how to drive the sled. You will learn how to harness a sled dog, and how to slow and stop your team. Your guide drives their own team just ahead of you, keeping an eye on the dogs, the trail, and your progress. This is not a tag sled tour. While tag sledding is a fun way to enjoy mushing a team, it is not the same as driving your own. Driving your own team is more work, more responsibility, and also more rewarding. Children 10 and up can usually drive their own small teams, pending guide approval. 

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