Date(s) Price(s)
Jan. 6-8, 2023 $1000 per person
Feb. 10-12, 2023 $1000 per person
Mar. 17-19, 2023 $1000 per person

Description

Our three day weekend trips are in the Umbagog Lake and Mahoosuc Mountain areas. Activities for the Mahoosuc Intro trip includes one day of dog sledding and one day of cross country skiing with an option to snowshoe from camp.  There will be two people per sled.

This trip begins at 7 p.m. the first day with an organizational meeting. We will outfit you with winter equipment that we provide such as boots, parkas, sleeping bags, gaiters, answer questions and review the itinerary. The following morning, we head out with the huskies for two days on the trail. We return around 4 p.m. on the last day. You will need to make reservations to stay with us in our Mahoosuc Mountain Lodge, farmhouse bed and breakfast, or a local hotel or bed and breakfast. This is not included in the trip price.

All you need to bring is warm clothing and a sense of adventure. We provide food and all specialized winter equipment, such as skis, poles, boots, parkas, gaiters, sleeping bags, and sleeping pad.

Winter travel can be physically challenging. The better shape you are in, the more you will enjoy your trip. If you are relatively inactive, start exercising at least one month before your trip. You should be able to ski or snowshoe four miles with a light pack of all of your personal clothing that you are bringing on the trip. While we’re on the trail, we camp in the traditional style canvas wall tents heated with wood stoves with balsam fir bough floors.

 

PRICE INCLUDES

  1. All food, specialized winter clothing (insulated winter parkas, boots, gaiters, sleeping bags, and pads) and equipment.
  2. Dog sledding and ski guides.

 

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  1. B & B or motel for the first night.
  2. Transportation to Mahoosuc Guide Service.

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We can design custom trips for groups to any of the areas where we guide: Maine, Ouje-Bougoumou, Quebec, and Nunavik.

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Safety and Basic Information for Dog Sledding Trips

Our trips are conducted in a very safety conscious way. We spend a lot of time prepping the trails before a trip by removing branches and blown down trees, packing the trails by snowmobile once we get snow. This is for the guest’s comfort and also to make it easier for the dogs to pull the sleds.

We go out before a trip to check the ice if we are planning to go on the lake by using an ice chisel to find out the thickness of the ice. We often mark our trails with fir boughs so we can find our old base in case of snow storms.

All of our trips are snowmobile supported so we can lighten the loads the dogs are pulling, provide a better trail and also have a snow vehicle in the case of an emergency.

We carry a couple fire starters at all times, a satellite phone and two-way radios for communication among the dog sledding guides, cross country ski guides and snowmobile support drivers. We do check in calls once or twice a day to Mahoosuc’s home base so any emergencies from people’s homes can be relayed on to them on the trail.

We always carry a first aid kit for both humans and canines.

If weather or trails are unsafe for any reason we can always adjust our itinerary to continue to conduct a safe and enjoyable experience for our guests and our canine friends.

Our trips are alcohol free for both guests and guides.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Meet at Mahoosuc Guide Service at North Newry at 7 p.m.

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Meet other trip participants.

Guides give an overview of the weekend trip; answer questions; review route on map and safety considerations, and issue gear provided by MGS, such as insulated winter parkas, boots, sleeping bags, gaiters, duffel bags, and backpacks.

Meeting lasts around one to 1.5 hours.

Participants stay at Mahoosuc Mountain Lodge or B & B or motel for the night.

Day 2

Arrive at MGS at designated time (8:30 or 9 a.m.).

Participants are packed and dressed, ready for the trail.

Load gear in vehicles, meet the sled dogs, and have an introductory talk about the dogs.

Load the dogs into the trucks and drive to trailhead. Half of the group skis into camp and half mushes to camp.

Skiers gear up and take off. Mushers have a lesson about dogsledding, then hook the dogs up to the sleds and mush into camp.

Once in camp, participants have a tour of the camp, chop a hole through the ice with an ice chisel for drinking water, and get settled into their tents. There is an opportunity to go snowshoeing, cross country skiing or looking for animal tracks. Feed the sled dogs, eat supper, tell tales of the day.

Guides talk about how to sleep warm, use of the wood stove, stories from the far north.

Bedtime.

Day 3

After a hearty breakfast, we prepare the camp to be left in a nice way for the next group, resupply firewood, lay fresh balsam fir boughs.

Cross country skiers head off to ski to the trailhead.

Dog sledders prepare the sleds for mushing and head off to the trailhead.

Everyone meets at the vehicles at the trailhead for lunch.

Drive back to Mahoosuc, say good-bye to the dogs.

Return borrowed gear to Mahoosuc.

Say good-byes to other participants and your guides.