In Central Vermont and New Hampshire with our 34 Siberian Huskies
How Many People Can Come?
We typically go out with two to three sleds, each with a professional driver, and 16 to 30 dogs, 8 to 10 per sled. Each sled can carry 2 adult passengers, one sitting and one standing, or the equivalent thereof in children. Older children who are at least 48” tall can stand. Smaller children sit on an adult’s lap or on the bed of the sled. Therefore, depending on sizes and weights, we can take 2 to 3 people per sled; the whole family! The sleds travel together and stop together on the trail, and so if your group is on different sleds, you'll share the experience!
Please note: we have a combined guest passenger weight limit of 375 pounds per sled. This limit is for the sake of the dogs.
Where Will We Ride?
We use Double Driver Tour sleds. As you can see in the photos, a professional driver is in the middle (the "cockpit"). One passenger sits in the front on a seat and can have a small child in their lap and another small child can sit on the bed of the sled in front of the seated passenger. The second passenger stands on the runners behind the driver. This standing passenger can mush the team, the highlight of many a guest's excursion! The sitting and standing passengers can switch places so that everyone has a chance!
Who Can Come?
Romantic journey, family adventure, or peaceful retreat ... our excursions are perfect for anyone with an adventurous spirit from five years olds to active seniors! We welcome individuals with special needs. Talk with us!
Where Will I Go?
Our kennel is located in Windsor, VT, adjacent to the Connecticut River, which is the border between Vermont and New Hampshire. We do not run tours from our kennel. We run on several different trails 15 to 60 minutes from Windsor. With New Hampshire visible from our kennel, we run on trails in both Central Vermont and New Hampshire! We chose the trail within a few days of your excursion so that we run on the trail with the best snow conditions. Our trails run along rivers, through fields and pristine woodlands, often with scenic views! You can be off the grid and have a chance to connect with the peace and quiet of nature. We meet you at a car accessible trailhead. (Please note that there are no facilities at the trailhead.)
What Will I Do?
As soon as you arrive at the trailhead we will introduce you to the dogs, make sure you are properly outfitted, and get you settled on the sled. All of this is in preparation for the Big Moment! Which moment? The one when the dogs are hooked up, everyone is on the sled, and we say to the dogs, “Everybody ready? Let’s go!” We stop periodically on the trail so that guests can switch the standing and sitting places on the sled, get that perfect photo, and snuggle with the dogs.
What Do I Need To Bring?
Warm clothes! Proper winter gear! You will be outdoors for a good chunk of time. If you are a downhill skier or an outdoor winter sports enthusiast, you know the drill! The bare minimum is: winter boots, warm socks (no cotton), outer snow/wind pants, winter coat or several warm layers, gloves/mittens, and a hat. We also recommend: chemical hand and foot warmers, an extra pair of gloves or mittens, long underwear, something to protect your face (neck warmer/face mask), and extra camera batteries/fully charged smart phone as the cold drains the batteries quickly especially if you are taking video. In addition, we suggest a proper meal beforehand so that your body has calories with which to keep your core warm. There is room on the sled to carry a small daypack for extra clothing, camera, snacks and personal items. Keeping you warm is important to us!! We provide the sitting passenger with a heavy fleece blanket and a lap robe. We also carry extra hats, mittens and neck warmers on the sled!
What If There is Insufficent Snow?
Excursions run December-March. Even if Mother Nature messes with us by holding back on the snow, we still run! However, instead of pulling a sled, the dogs pull a golf car and an ATV that we have specially outfitted with comfy seats with an eye to taking out guests. Everything is the same for the dogs; they don't care what they are pulling, just that they are! Your experience will also be the same except for the fact that a golf car and an ATV are not traditional modes of travel; we do not use the engines and so your experience is still a peaceful one in nature. If the snow melts out during the winter season, we might use a wheeled vehicle or we might have to cancel, depending on trail conditions.
What Does Dog Sledding Look Like?
Look at our photo gallery, watch our video, Join Team Braeburn On Facebook and read the articles written about us to see the fun and the magic!
Reservations and Cancellations
To book an excursion
, call or email us directly. We do not do online reservations. We request a 50% deposit. We are old fashioned; send a check by mail only.
School vacations, holiday weeks, and Saturdays fill up 4 - 6 weeks in advance; plan ahead!
If you cancel 14 days prior to your reservation you will receive a full refund.
If you cancel within 14 days, we will do our best to fill your spot in order to give you a full refund. If we cannot fill your spot, your deposit is forfeited. However, due to the popularity of dog-sledding, we usually have a waiting list, and so the chances are always good that we can fill your reservation.
Please understand that we run regardless of the weather conditions. We only cancel in the event of trail safety issues, low temperatures (below 0), or steady rain. If we cancel, you will receive a full refund. Otherwise, we will see you on the trail!