These trips all begin at our lodge, 8 miles east of Ely on White Iron Lake near Ely, where our guides will make sure your clothing and boots are adequate, provide you with trail beverages and snacks as needed and take you through our "Dogsledding 101" orientation. Then you’ll head to the kennel to meet all the dogs and to help (if you'd like) in harnessing your own team. The big moment arrives as the guide helps you launch your sled and off you go, driving your own dog team on wilderness trail. Along the way, the guide (on skis) will point out wildlife signs and sites of scenic interest for photos, provide rest stops, bathroom and beverage breaks as needed and (on full day trips) they cook a trailside campfire lunch. Our trail system includes a variety of scenic options — hilly woodland terrain, sheltered bogs, frozen lakes and ponds — and trails that are both easy and challenging so be sure to let your guide know your preferences. When you arrive back at the kennel you’re welcome to help feed and water your dogs if you choose and to stop up at the lodge for a hot beverage before departing.
Clothing: Suitable clothing includes: thermal wear (top and bottom), sweater or fleece top, parka and snow pants, warm hat and mitts, neck gaiter or scarf, sunglasses, warm socks and insulated snow boots. The key items (parka, snow pants and insulated snow boots) can be rented at the M17077 store in Ely but be sure to call the store to reserve these items in advance and be sure to pick them up at the store before coming out to the lodge. You're welcome to bring your own water bottle, thermos and snack food; or we can provide those at no charge. Video, digital and film cameras all work quite well on our trips despite the winter conditions.
Note: Please be advised that you will be engaged in an adventure activity and traveling on remote wilderness trails where there is an element of risk. While our day trip participants have never sustained significant injuries, we do as a matter of protocol ask all participants to sign a liability release upon arriving at M17077.
Half day trips (9-1 or 1-5): $ 100 per person if you're sharing the sled with a companion, or $ 150 if you're traveling alone.
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