Vermont’s winter landscape beckons adventurers to explore its snow-covered trails, and dog sledding offers a unique and exhilarating way to experience the season’s beauty.
I was so nervous the first time I went dog sledding. I worried about the ethical treatment of the dogs as well as the safety of my children in the sled. When we arrived, the dogs were barking and and jumping around with this uncontained excitement, it actually made me nervous. But the second the man yelled “Mush!” it was so quiet, you could hear a pin drop. I have never seen animals so in their zone. Cruising through the wooded trails was an experience we will never forget.
Dog Sledding in Vermont
Since this sport depends on snow, these outfitters will be located in the northern part of the state. I listed companies that make animal welfare a priority. Here’s everything you need to know about dog sledding in Vermont.
1. Eden Dog Sledding- (Eden Mills, VT)
Eden Dog Sledding offers an unforgettable dog sledding experience amidst the tranquil beauty of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Led by experienced mushers and a team of spirited Alaskan huskies, you’ll embark on a thrilling journey through pristine forests and snow-covered meadows. Whether you’re seeking a leisurely ride or a more adrenaline-pumping adventure, Eden Dog Sledding caters to all experience levels, making it an ideal destination for families, couples, and solo adventurers alike.
What makes Eden Dog Sledding so special is that their dogs live chain free all year round on a 140 acre sanctuary. Their tour prices are higher because keeping sled dogs ethically and humanely costs ten times more than industry standards. Their rates start at $895, but you can go on your adventure knowing you are supporting a cruelty-free operation.
2. Umiak Outdoor Outfitters- (Stowe and Mad River Valley)
Located in the scenic town of Stowe, Umiak Outdoor Outfitters offers a one-of-a-kind dog sledding experience. Led by experienced guides and a team of energetic sled dogs, you’ll glide through the snow-covered forests and meadows of Vermont’s Green Mountains, taking in breathtaking views along the way. Whether you’re a first-time musher or an experienced adventurer, Umiak provides expert instruction and top-notch equipment, ensuring a safe and memorable journey through Vermont’s winter wonderland.
Umiak Outdoor Adventures offers tours every Saturday evening, and holidays during the winter, with Umiak Outfitters in Stowe, Vermont at the Stoweflake Resort. This 30-minute dog sledding program is an affordable introduction to this amazing adventure. Base rate $165.00 for the first two passengers.
Umiak also offers a 1.5-hour program located in The Mad River Valley (Warren, Vermont) which lets you experience the thrill and excitement of riding through the back country of Vermont with your own dogsled team. This 1 hour & 30 minute program includes a 30-45 minute ride time and costs $449.00 per sled.
3. October Siberians Dog Sledding (Waterbury, Vermont)
Venture to picturesque Little River State Park and embark on a dog sledding adventure with October Siberians Dog Sledding. Led by an experienced musher and a team of Siberian Huskies, you’ll journey through the scenic countryside, taking in breathtaking views of Vermont’s rolling hills and snowy landscapes.
October Siberians Dog Sledding offers two hour dog sledding experiences at Little River State Park with rates starting at $492 for two passengers.
From the rugged beauty of the Northeast Kingdom to the peaceful tranquility of the Mad River Valley, Vermont offers a diverse array of dog sledding experiences that capture the spirit of winter adventure. So harness the excitement and embark on an unforgettable journey through Vermont’s winter wonderland with man’s best friend leading the way.
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