Winter Woods Dog Sled Tours
TOURS FOR TWO! We have found that taking out TWO people works the best for us and our small kennel of Alaskan Huskies (or a family of three or four with children over 10 and under 18).
We are a "mom and pop" tour business/racing kennel, not a big commercial business, and we have found that we are limited to what we can offer for our tours.
You also need to know that we also have to have a weight limit for our client(s) of 250 pounds per sled. (One person weighing 250 or less or a combined weight of parent/child).
Our tour season started December 1st and ends April 1st. Sorry to say we have not had a good year so far...
Due to the lack of snow, we had to cancel all our Christmas Holiday tours. :(
We now,finally, have enough snow to cover the trails going through the woods,BUT the Stillwater State Forest has recently started a logging operation behind our house and on our trails and have plowed about a mile of our dog sled trail! Talk about bad luck...
So, we are having a tough time scheduling tours since we don't know exactly when logging trucks are going to be on the road. :(
All we can do is let you know how things are going when you email or call us. We are not taking any tours out for the rest of January due to this inconvienence.
We also have some travel plans and dog sled races in February.
Possible available dates in February (depending on the logging...) are the following: 6th,7th, 9th, 10th,11th, 12th, 13th, 24th, 25th, 26th, and 27th.
Available dates in March: Every day is available except March 1st and March 28th.
We have been training and racing sled dogs for over 30 years and we are now in our twelfth season of offering sled dog tours. Tours are geared toward active, outdoor enthusiasts who want to do more than just go for a ride on a sled. You need to be in good physical shape to help drive the team!
Contact us at [email protected] or call us at 1-406-862-7232 and leave us a message, we will get back to you as soon as we can. :)
**We only accept cash or local checks. We charge $125.00 per person.
Winter Woods depends on weather conditions and reserves the right to cancel any ride if the conditions aren't just right for the safety of the clients and dogs.
We only take out one tour per day, so you can choose morning or afternoon-whatever works the best for your schedule! :) We like our morning tours to go out at 10:30 and our afternoon tours between 1:00 and 2:00, but we are very flexible and can go at different times.
Butch has built some awesome "double-driver" sleds that allows for one guest to stand on the runners of the sled behind a seasoned musher. While on the tour, we sit down and it feels like the client is the musher of the team! It is so fun!
DRESS APPROPRIATELY for cold weather and dog paws since you will be actively involved with the team! Winter boots, snow pants, winter hat, gloves, warm socks, neck gators, and don't forget the long underwear! You are going to be outside for quite awhile and we want you to stay warm.
Appropriate Ages for Participants: We love taking out adults and children ages 10 and older who are physically fit and will enjoy the challenge of helping to drive a dog team.
Cost: $125.00 for those older than 18. $100.00 for children 10-18. Cash or local checks only, please.
Restrictions: Due to some parts of the trail that require effort to work through and the length of our tour (little ones get cold fast!), we don't take out children under the age of 10. As stated in the beginning paragraphs, we also have a limit on the weight of our clients. We can carry a maximum of 250 pounds per sled and we only have two sleds.
Skill Level Required: People need to be in good physical shape to take our tours. It is like riding a bike or cross-country skiing, you need balance and strength to do it-when the terrain is flat, you can cruise, but when there is a hill or twists and turns in the trail, you have to work harder. Our clients need to be able to help us drive the sled through those twists and turns in the trail.
Types of Trips Offered: Our tours take you out of our dog yard onto the winding, quiet trails of the Stillwater State Forest. Plan on experiencing what it feels like to run your own dog sled team while we travel these trails with our four-pawed friends who love to go, go, go!
You will need to set aside 1 1/2 to 2 hours of your day to spend with us and our 23 awesome sled dogs. When you first arrive, you will spend some time learning about being on a sled and how to assist in "driving" the sled to help us up the hills and around the corners of the trail. Then we will be off on a 40-50 minute adventure through the snow covered trails.
We guarantee you will be smiling when you return to the dog yard! There is always the hands-on option of helping to put your team away or watch as we do it. You will then be able to spend time with all our dogs.
Take as many pictures as you like!
Hot chocolate, hot apple cider, coffee, and cookies will be offered after the tour.
Some Guest Comments:
"What an amazing experience. I am so glad we came. Awesome time!" Tracy Lee -California
"Tons of fun! Thanks a lot!" Kris Myhre, Lewiston,MT
"Butch and Sara are down to earth, friendly people who make you feel at home! Great trip and great dogs. Do not go anywhere else!" Ken Maload, Los Vegas, Nevada
"We had the best time! We will be back again!" Katja and Arndt from Eureka,Mt and Germany>
"This experience was much better than the dog sled ride I took in Norway. It was fun being actively involved with running the team instead of just sitting in a sled!" Cassie Fussner, Tri Cities, Washington (2014)
Certifications and Memberships:
Butch has won the "Race To The Sky 350 mile Dog Sled Race"-TWICE! and the Seeley Lake 100." He has won the "Best Cared For Team Award" numerous times. He is very experienced and loves what he does.
2009: Sara took third place in a local race called "Flathead Sled Dog Days" and won "Best Cared-For Team" award!
2010: Sara won the 6-8 dog class in the Flathead Sled Dog Days race on January 8th and 9th!
2011: Sara took 9th place and Butch took 12th place in the Flathead Sled Dog Race. (He gave me the fastest dogs because he knows I like to win!)
2012: Sara took third place and Butch took eleventh place in the Flathead Sled Dog Race. (Again, Butch purposely gave me the fast dogs! :)
Winter Woods Dog Sled Tours can be reached by phone at 406-862-7232 or by email at [email protected].