Full-Day Willow Dog Sledding
You will traverse the wild Alaskan wilderness from the back of a sled pulled by some of the best trained dogs in the country.
Your tour guide will pick you up and transport you to Dallas Seavey Racing, where you will watch a demonstration on the gear that is used in dog sledding, and learn how to keep a sled dog healthy. You will then have the opportunity to meet some of the best athletes to compete in the Iditarod, the sled dogs! Spend some time getting to know these amazing animals before heading out with your tour guide to experience the sport for yourself.
Sled dogs usually begin their training at about six months old by pulling small logs. Since hounds are harder to train to pull a sled, usually huskies and malamutes are used. These dogs have to demonstrate a lot of strength, speed, endurance, and an ability to handle the cold weather. A dog sled team consists of up to 12 canines. The dogs have to be able to travel over ice and through deep snow while pulling a sled. These dogs are separated into four categories, depending on their position in the lineup. The dog at the front of the line is the “lead dog”, who sets the pace. Followed by the “swing dogs”, who help to swing the team around curves. Then the “team dogs” that add the power to the team. All the way at the end are the “wheel dogs”, whose job it is to pull the sled out of the snow and around trees.
This is one tour you will remember for a lifetime!
Begin your day from Anchorage, with our local, professional driver-guide navigating the snowy roads north of Anchorage. Complimentary Alaska glacier water and snacks will be provided. Lunch is included on our way north, as well as a look at Mt. Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley) when the weather permits.
Once at Dallas Seavey Racing, experience gear demonstrations, healthy dog care, a meet and greet with Iditarod racing dogs and real dog sledding with some of the best canine athletes in Alaska! You will learn about what it takes to train a team and compete in the "Last Great Race" at this exceptional professional kennel.
HOTEL PICKUP POLICY:
For a quality experience, we limit all of our tours to a maximum of three (3) hotel pickups per departure. If your hotel is not available, the departure point is the Salmon Berry Tours office, across from the Log Cabin Visitors Center downtown. Our guest lounge offers complimentary beverages, and restrooms are available.
Pickup & Return:
Salmon Berry Tours Office.
Departure Times: 9:00am-9:15am
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
- Bottled water
- Limited hotel pickups, first come first serve
- Guided by a local
Does not include:
- Gratuities (recommended)
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Vegetarian option is available for lunch, please advise at time of booking if required
- A small amount of walking is involved
- Limited hotel pickups are available
- Infant seats are available on request if advised at time of booking
- Adult pricing applies to all travelers
- Not recommended for participants with back problems
- Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
- Operates in most weather conditions, please dress appropriately