Hitching Alaskan huskies to the front of your car has many benefits, from saving money on gas to supplying an authentic choral boost to stereo sing-alongs of “Who Let the Dogs Out”. Mush your way into a winter wonderland with today’s Groupon: for $90, you get a dogsled ride for two from Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park in Fraser (up to a $185 value). Choose from the following months: December, January, or February. Check the website for available dates.
Kaleidoscopic harnesses leash a dozen Alaskan or Siberian huskies to Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park’s snow-worthy vessels, which propel guests across a picturesque private trail system awash in retina-grabbing wintertime marvels. Upon arrival, guests make the acquaintance of their driver, who is happy to answer any questions and impart local history as he secures the pups to the sled, straps in the passengers, and ushers them into the ivory horizon. During the 45-minute trip, sleds careen over 4–5 miles of snowy sloping trails as guides direct eyes to wildlife tracks and their owners including moose, coyotes, and Abominable Snowboarders. Snow-capped peaks reach heights of 13,000 feet, towering over wide-eyed passengers as they admire such passing vistas as the Continental Divide and Winter Park Ski Resort. During the jaunt, mushers can capture snapshots for seated patrons, who may also wait until the trip’s conclusion to snap photos of the huskies seated around an on-site poker table. Hot chocolate is available in the facility’s lounge, pairing with the huskies’ velvety fur to warm frost-studded mittens and souls chilled by their close encounter with Old Man Winter.
Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park
In 1996, Jeff Martin left behind his career as a computer software programmer in Michigan to pursue his dream of a more rugged and exciting lifestyle—that of a dogsled musher. After a couple years of studying the trade, he founded Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park in 2000. Today, the outfit’s crack team of 80 Siberian and Alaskan huskies pulls sledders and their knowledgeable guides through the snowy expanses of the Fraser Valley. Covering between four and five miles in 45 minutes, each ride features dramatic views of the Continental Divide and Winter Park Ski Resort. Along the way, the guide relates the rich history of the sport, describes local attractions, and points out wildlife such as moose, coyotes, and herds of roaming landscape artists.