Rides Frequently Asked Questions
Where Will I Go?
We give our 45 minute rides in Windsor, VT at Great River Outfitters. We meet you there. These are exhilarating runs on carefully groomed trails through scenic fields and woods along the Connecticut River with views of Mt. Ascutney.
What Will I Do?
After you have checked in with Great River Outfitters and gotten dressed by the woodstove, Craig, the owner of Great River Outfitters, brings you outside to meet us and the team! The teams are already hooked up and ready to go. Each ride begins with a dog meet and greet, complete with snuggles and photos! Then you hop aboard, we say to the dogs, “Everybody ready? Let’s go!”, and off we go! We stop on the trail for more dog snuggling and photo ops.
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 ride!
For the sake of the dogs, we have a passenger weight limit of 375 pounds per sled.
Who Can Come?
These rides are designed to provide a taste of dog sledding and so there truly is no age limit! Seniors and three year olds alike can have a blast! We also welcome individuals with special needs.
What Do I Need To Bring?
Warm clothes! We recommend: winter boots, warm socks, outer snow/wind pants, winter coat or several warm layers, gloves/mittens, a hat, something to protect your face (neck warmer/face mask), and a fully charged camera or iPhone. We provide the sitting passenger with a heavy fleece blanket and a lap robe.
What If There is No Snow?
Rides 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
We, Dog Sledding With Braeburn Siberians, subcontract with Great River Outfitters for the 45 minute rides. To make a reservation, call Craig, the owner of Great River Outfitters. He will take care of you!
Heads up! School and holiday vacation weeks fill up quickly! If this is the only time you can join us, book early!