If you like dogs and are interested in dog sledding, this is the excursion for you! We had the pleasure of hearing Matt, a musher, speak about his Iditarod experiences. It's amazing seeing the equipment used in the race and how well they take care of their dogs. You get to meet the dogs and even some puppies and we saw them race around a gravel track. Amazing!
The shore excursion included dogs, gold panning and the 40 below experience. I found only the dogs to be of interest to me. I loved petting them, and seeing them run in harness, if only for a short distance. And the puppies were adorable!
LOVED this!! Absolutely wonderful - even in pouring rain. The area was scenic, but the best part was snuggling the dogs - both the sled team AND 3 week old puppies! Possibly the best excursion on the trip.
The dog mushing camp was a great tour. There was a scenic drive followed by a ride in an all terrain vehicle up a mountain. On top was the mushers' camp where you take a wheeled sled through the woods pulled by sixteen Alaskan Huskies. This was followed by petting the dogs. learning about the Iditarod, and holding puppies. All dog lovers would be thrilled by this experience. Our guide Joseph was a fantastic personality/wannabe comedian. I highly recommend this tour.
A dog musher who competed in last year's Itidarod talked and showed us his equipment and dogs and puppies! Great experience, but we had to stand for quite a while while the musher talked. I wish they had benches to sit upon like the had for the short film in the shed.
Booked locally via M&M, had a wonderful educational experience led by a multiple Iditarod contender and a plus was being able to cuddle puppies. Oh yes, and the gold panning and 40 degree below were all at the same site.
Not sure this is the right name for our excursion. We booked a trip to the Klondike Gold Fields, where we learned about the Iditarod race, met 2 mushers who've finished this race, learned about the sled dogs and met them, and played with 5-week old puppies. We decided not to enjoy the -49 degree room (don't like cold weather anyway) and shopped for souvenirs instead. All the staff is very friendly.
After driving to the mushing camp and viewing beautiful scenery, it was time to drive up the mountain to go sledding. The mushers are interesting. Some are training for the Iditarod, and some have already participated in other events. After the dog sledding, there was the opportunity to hold the new puppies. Skagway is a charming little town.
So much better than we expected. This is a real Mushers Dog Sledding training camp. It was a beautiful drive with great tour info on the way up to the camp. The camp itself was new and clean. We had fun riding the sleds, meeting the dogs, playing with the puppies, and learning about dog sleg races from an actual musher. We traveled with 4 adults and 5 kids ages 8-13 and everyone loved the experience.
We did the Musher's Camp and Sled Dog Experience in Skagway. This was really fun and much better than I anticipated. Some of the guides have actually run or plan to run the Iditarod. The guides are very informative and you get to hold new puppies and pet younger puppies. A team of 16 dogs pulls up to 6 people on a special dog sled on wheels so you get the sense of how these dogs pull an actual dog sled in the winter. It is also great exercise for the dogs to keep in shape for preparing for the Iditarod. The dogs love the chance to run!
Two excursions - helicopter to glaciers and dog sledding was awesome. The weather was beautiful. The dogs and mushers and a lot of fun.
Also did a hike and float trip with Chilkut (sp). The 2 mile, 2 hour hike could be a bit challenging for some - a bit of steep climbs. Great guide and every interesting.
The elements of this excursion were enjoyable, but it was the only point on the trip that we felt like cattle. The excursion company seemed focused on keeping us on their schedule and boxed in - to their benefit not ours - until they parked us in a gift shop. Also, we paid ($20 per person above the excursion fee) to try the buffet, but it was inedible. That said the dog sledding segment was one of the highlights of the trip.
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