Excursions: Frequently Asked Questions
Where Will I Go?
We dog sled on several different trails within an hour of Windsor, VT. We chose the trail within a few days of your excursion, depending on 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.
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.
How Many People Can Come? Where Will We Ride?
We typically go out with two to three sleds, two to three mushers, and 16 to 30 dogs. Each sled can carry 2 adult passengers, one sitting and one standing. 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 2-4 people per sled; the whole family! We use Double Driver Tour sleds. We call them Driver Ed. sleds because the standing passenger can mush the team (the musher is sitting right in front). The sitting and standing passengers can switch places so that everyone has a chance! This has been the highlight of many a guest’s excursion!
We can also accommodate large groups by dropping off/picking up 4-6 people at a time in stages along the trail. For the sake of the dogs, we have a passenger weight limit of 375 pounds per sled.
Who Can Come?
There truly is no age limit for these trips! Active seniors and three year olds can have a blast! We are happy to help you choose the appropriate adventure for the age and abilities of your group.
We welcome individuals with special needs. Talk with us!
What Do I Need To Bring?
Warm clothes! Proper winter gear! You will be outdoors for a good chunk of time. 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 iPhone. There is room on the sled to carry a daypack for extra clothing, camera, snacks and personal items. We make sure that you are warm!! 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! On the 3 and 4 hour excursions, we also provide a hot drink and snacks (for people and dogs!)
What If There is No Snow?
Excursions run November-April. Pre-snow and post-snow, we still run! However, instead of pulling a sled, the dogs pull a golf car and an ATV. Everything is the same as described above, except that there is no snow. It’s a bit different for people, but it’s the same for the dogs! The time frame for wheeled rides depends on Mother Nature! However, we typically change from wheels to sleds by Christmas and remain on sleds though the third week of March. 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, follow us on Facebook and read the articles written about us to see the fun and the magic!
Reservations and Cancellations
To book an excursion, we request a 50% deposit. Mailed check or PayPal accepted.
Heads up! School and holiday vacation weeks fill up quickly! If this is the only time you can join us, book early!
If you need to cancel, our policy is a full refund if done 14 days in advance.
Please understand that we run regardless of the weather conditions. We only cancel in the event of trial 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!