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What You'll Get
Choose from Three Options
- $125 for a traditional dogsledding day trip, valid on a weekday ( $245 value)
- $159 for a traditional dogsledding day trip, valid on a weekend ($299 value)
Day trips are valid the following dates:
- December 14–20
- January 6–16 (except the 10th)
- $299 for an overnight yurt escape for one ($595 value)
Choose from one of the following dates:
- January 5–6
- January 11–12
- January 14–15
- January 15–16
- January 19–20
- March 17–18
- March 18–19
- March 22–23
Glide past scenic lakes and over snow-covered trails behind a team of four to six highly trained alaskan huskies, which mush through 15–30 miles of the Superior National Forest. During the traditional day trip, each sled is run with two people in alternating positions: one person steers and drives the team while the other sits inside the padded sled bag, taking photos or keeping arms in a roller-coaster position. The approximately six-hour trip includes instruction, guides, gear, and a hot lunch, such as housemade soup with hot cocoa or a local bratwurst roasted over a campfire. The yurt escape adds to this adventure by allowing winter explorers to sleep overnight in a lakeside yurt, whereas the four-day trip heads out to the Boreal Forest for a more intensive training with the dogsled a more immersive stay in the wilderness. See frequently asked questions.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Apr 4, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. All options are valid for 1 person, and all sleds have an occupancy of 2 people. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required; subject to availability. Must sign waiver. Must be 8 or older. Day trips must be scheduled for one day in the following range: December 14th-20th, January 6th-16th, and March 7th-22nd. Not valid for January 10th. Yurt Escapes are date specific. All options are valid for one person. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About White Wilderness Sled Dog Adventures
The pristine quality of the remote trails and clearings winding through the Superior National Forest gives new meaning to the word white. There are no people, no cars, and no buildings towering overhead to mar the scene, framed only by majestic pines. The frosty trail and snow-heavy branches whoosh silently past—the only sounds you hear are the rhythmic mushing of the Alaskan Huskies in front of you and the almost synchronized beating of your own heart. Savor a lunch cooked over a toasty campfire, and stories from the trail before continuing to explore the Northwoods trails with your newfound mushing skills. Embellish your trip with some hot-tub time, a fireside chat in a private lake house, or listening to the dogs' nighttime chorus of "Hungry Like the Wolf" as they bed down outside a cozy, heated yurt
It was the vision of husband-and-wife team Peter McClelland and Chris Hegenbarth to create such experiences for beginning and advanced sledders of all ages. They founded White Wilderness Sled Dog Adventures to share their love of outdoor activities in general—including camping and fishing—and of sled dogs in particular. As a seasoned guide and cofounder of the Ely Area Mushing Association, McClelland is dedicated to the welfare of sled dogs everywhere. Hegenbarth handles the details, including the baking of the cookies that accompany each sled driver on his or her journey. In the National Geographic book The 100 Best Vacations to Enrich Your Life, author Pam Grout says McClelland and Hegenbarth "don't just sell you a dogsled trip—they adopt you for a few days," making sure guests are warm and well fed.
The couple has gathered together some of the most experienced dog drivers in the north woods, including Hudson Bay Quest champion Shawn McCarty and nine-year dogsledding veteran Theo Theobald, who prides herself on seeing more moose than traffic lights in any given month. The company is one of the few sled-dog trip providers that trains its dogs year-round; staffers spend off-season months teaching the dogs to run through an obstacle course and playing hours of Twister to improve their agility.