Compared with our beginning trips, these highly adventurous treks involve dogsledding and skiing greater distances and deeper into the wilderness to reach the north wood top scenic and historic sites. Open to adults and teens in good fitness who are ready for a physical challenge in a remote winter setting. Previous camping experience (summer or winter) and familiarity with skiing is helpful because the skills you’ll learn on these trips are gained largely along the trail.
During the first evening’s orientation at the lodge. The guides will organize your group as a team so that when the trek is launched the next morning, everyone is prepared to learn and assist with camp and trail duties. Each group of 6-7 participants (plus 2 guides) has 2 freight sleds driven by 2 persons each. This means that 4 participants are mushing at any given time while others in rotation are following along on skis. But since these trips take you far off the beaten path across unbroken snows capes, the travel pace is very moderate (like a brisk walking pace).
Technical skiing skills are not needed but you do need to be reasonably fit and willing to give skiing a try. These trips are grand adventures, sometimes challenging, always rewarding and led by our most senior guides or by arctic explorer Paul Schurke. Most of the participants on these trips are returning Wintergreen “alumni” but new-comers with good fitness and previous outdoor experience are welcome.
Director's Choice Trip. 7 nights total, 5 nights/6 days on the trail covering 50 miles or so, 1st and last night in lodges, led by Paul Schurke. Late March generally offers some of the finest travel conditions of the season - long days, moderate temps, crusted snow and fast trails, meaning you can cover a lot of country with little effort, especially on the big lake chains. This season Paul Schurke will lead a special advanced trip on the route of his choice. Pending snow and ice conditions, it might be the Lac La Croix area (with a visit to the Ojibway village) or the scenic Crooked Lake Chain (with some fishing fun) or possibly even the Rose-Mountain-Moose Chain leading to the Grand Portage Trail on the Boundary Waters' eastern edge. He'll make the route choice by mid-season but whichever he chooses, you can be sure this trip will be great fun and grand adventure.
Price: pm Mon. Mar 9 - am Sun. Mar 15 - $1,275.
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