Day 1 Saturday/ Wednesday
Arrival at the Airport in Whitehorse. You will be picked up by our van and do a short tour of Whitehorse. Here you also have the chance to do some last minute shopping. Afterwards we drive to the Sky High Valley Ranch, 20km South of Whitehorse where we outfit you with your expedition clothing. You move into your cozy cabin, or nice double room in the main lodge. The Lodge is overlooking beautiful Fish Lake, with southern exposure. The dogs are waiting to meet you. Lunch in the main lodge. Do you want to know what a bootie is? Well you learn it today. We show you how to harness the dogs and give you an instruction on how to drive the sled. Depending on the weather and time of the day we hook up the dogs and go for a short first run. Three dogs pull you on this first day. After taking care of the dogs we enjoy a hearty meal. You might want to take a shower or just relax beside the stove, and of course listen to the dogs howling outside. Overnight at Sky High Valley Ranch. Included: (L), (D).
Day 2: Sunday/ Thursday
While the morning sun slowly lifts over the horizon we prepare for our daytrip after breakfast. We feed and water the dogs and harness them up at around 11 a.m. We cover about 35 km in distance, driving towards Jackson Lake and the Copper Haul Road. Just the slight sound of the working dogs and runners in the snow will be with you for that day. You get to know your dogs and start to form a personal relationship. With every stop, and praise for the dogs, they learn to trust you and you to trust them. Overnight at Sky High Valley Ranch. Included: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Monday/ Friday
The dogs will pull us on a trail east of the Ranch. We are continuously climbing in elevation as we are heading on an abandoned mining road on MacIntyre Mountain. On occasional stops we can enjoy unprecedented scenery of the Costal Mountain with Fish Lake nestled deep in the valley. Return to the Lodge Overnight at Sky High Valley Ranch. Included: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Tuesday/ Saturday
Today we head towards beautiful Bonneville Lakes, west of the Ranch. The trails are narrower with some challenging up and downs. The Coastal Mountains are always in view to the South and West. Part of the trip we travel above tree line and easily cover between 20 and 30 km. Slowly, a new feeling of life will creep in. In harmony with the running rhythm of your team you will enjoy nature in a way you’ve never experienced before. Overnight at Sky High Valley Ranch. There is a gravity fed indoor shower waiting for you in the main lodge. Included: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Wednesday/ Sunday
Now you leave behind the last remnants of civilization and head out to a real wilderness. The trail follows Fish Lake and climb and heads into the Costal Range to the south. After aprox 2.5 hrs of running time we reach our trapper’s wall tent camp at dry creek. Overnight in Wall tent. Included: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Thursday/ Monday
From the wall tent camp, weather permitting we will make a run to the top of the mountain above tree line to Ptarmigan flats where there is a good chance of seeing large flocks of these beautiful white birds and having some wonderful sledding on miles of wind blown snowy hill tops, before heading back to the wall tent camp. Included: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Friday/ Tuesday
After a musher’s breakfast, we will start for our mushing back to Sky High Valley Ranch. The dogs pull us steady westbound with the Coastal Mountains in plain view ahead of us. Way too soon we return to civilization and most of all, you have to leave your new friends, the dogs, behind, but hey, for only one night. In the late afternoon we drive you to Whitehorse where you spend your night in a downtown Hotel. Overnight in Hotel. Included: (B), (L).
Day 8: Saturday/ Wednesday
We’re off, traveling the historic and scenic Alaska Highway. At Milepost 701, Rancheria River (340 km from Whitehorse) we leave the Alcan Highway. Change into your winter expedition clothing. We fire up our machines and ride the Old Silver Tip Trail. Arrive at Tootsee River Base Camp, nestled deep in the majestic Cassiar Mountains of British Columbia. Move into your new wilderness home, a cozy Cabin for 4 people or a personal Prospector Wall Tent for 2 people with polished wood floors, wood stove, propane lights and washing facilities. Dinner is served. Enjoy the snugness of your bedroll! Included: (L), (D).
Day 9: Sunday/ Thursday
Norm will prepare his famed breakfast and teach you more advanced skidoo skills, so you can safely enjoy the upcoming days. Adventure will take us above the tree line, High Mark Mountain, peaking at 2100 m. Continually rising trail, unfolds spectacular new vistas at each switchback. Our final climb brings us to a breathtaking view. Surrounded by the rugged Cassiar mountains and magic boreal forests, we descend the steep terrain, of Eagle’s Gorge. A continuing descent returns us to Base Camp for hot showers and dinner. Included: (B), (L), (D).
Day 10: Monday/ Friday
With your newly achieved skills, we take off on an expedition along the frozen, Tootsee River. Traveling, we encounter a double river crossing with an awesome view of the Granite Canyon. Lunch. The trail guides us to remote Tootsee Lake Camp. Deeper in the Cassiar Mountains. Camp, nestled on the shores, provides spectacular Aurora Borealis viewing. After cutting some firewood and settling into our comfortable Prospector Wall Tents (2 people per tent with wood floors, wood stoves, washing facilities and propane lights) at the base of Sheep Mountain. A trapper’s dinner over an open fire. Included: (B), (L), (D).
Day 11: Tuesday/ Saturday
The sun finds its way through the valley, tend your machine and camp. Cruise the lake, enjoying open terrain. Fish for, Lake Trout or Arctic Grayling? Overnight at Tootsee Lake Camp with dinner in the Native Tradition, accompanied by our daily catch? What a day! Included: (B), (L), (D).
Day 12: Wednesday/ Sunday
We tidy up camp to ensure that no wildlife will be attracted. Depart Tootsee Lake via Prospector Trail. A fabulous ride along the Tootsee River Valley. Experience enchanting canyon views! Lunch and awesome photo opportunities, continuing to overnight Tootsee River Base Camp. Included: (B), (L), (D).
Day 13: Thursday/ Monday
An early breakfast, and we scout possible locations to capture wildlife, raw and untamed, on film (moose, lynx, wolverine, caribou and ptarmigan). This adventure takes us back into the Yukon and down into Rancheria River Valley, after 25km, we climb once again, to an unnamed mountain top, viewing the ravaged burn of the massive 50’s forest fire. Sighting our goal, we tackle the descent of “Billy Goat Gruffs’ Trail” to spectacular Shilskiy Lake. Adventure of a lifetime! Included: (B), (L), (D).
Day 14: Friday/ Tuesday
Morning! Our last ride, we power up and surge confidently, challenging the return to Milepost 701. To Whitehorse! Your hotel. Thank you for letting me share Bar None Adventure with you. Included: (B), (L).
Day 15: Saturday/ Wednesday
After breakfast (on your own) the hotel van or taxi will bring you to the Airport. If you choose the afternoon flight, you will have more time to explore the City of Whitehorse.
- Transfer from and to Whitehorse;
- Accommodation in Whitehorse (2 night double room);
- Accommodation in cabins (8 nights double room) or heated tent outpost camps (4 nights, group accommodations);
- All meals including non-alcoholic beverages, except dinner day 7, 14 breakfast day 8, 15 in Whitehorse;
- Use of personal sled and 3 to 6 Huskies;
- Yukon Quest (or Iditarod Presentation) one night from accomplished musher (not during race season);
- Personal Skidoo with helmet;
- All Skidoo Gas;
- Musher Certificate after Tour;
- Winter Boots included, all other equipment see below.
- Alcoholic beverages (we buy jointly before the tour);
- Winter clothing rental of warm Northern Outfitters Jacket, Pants and sleeping bag $ 25 each; item, mitts $ 10 payable upon arrival in cash or credit card;
- Meals in restaurants (dinner day 7, 14 breakfast day 8, 15);
- All expenses of personal nature.
This Dogsledding adventure is a challenging but relaxed fun trip! We supply you with the best equipment possible, teach you all the important aspects of mushing and prepare the trails as good as possible. To participate you must be healthy, enjoy working with dogs and have a good team spirit. Dogsledding is a comparable physical activity to cross-country skiing, so you should be in relatively good physical shape. We point out, that unforeseeable circumstances such as weather conditions, extreme temperatures, condition of the group or illness of the dogs and may force us to change this itinerary. The safety of our guests takes precedence and our decisions are final. The camps have no power or telephone, showers are of basic gravaity fed nature and not available in tent camp. You will be required to sign a “release of claims and waiver of liability form” prior to the departure of this tour.
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