If you have any additional questions or concerns, feel free to contact us!
We welcome kids 5 years and older. Our trips are very hands-on and best for kids 5 and up who can really participate. Experience has shown that toddlers generally take more of the parent’s attention and enjoy the trip less. If they get too cold or fussy this impacts the entire group often necessitating full group ending trip early. In this case no refund is given.
Reservations being made with kids under 12 must be made by phone. This ensures that the arrangements being made will accommodate the needs for your particular party. You may want to consider the Family Special to accommodate your group.
It’s winter. Please plan ahead and allow some flexibility in your travel time. The best source for the weather forecast in our area is the National Weather Service. We’ve run lots of trips in cold & snowy weather and the dogs & guests love it. We’ll make sure you’re well-outfitted and have a great time on the trail!
The only time we might cancel a trip due to cold weather is if the National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Warning for the duration of your trip.
Due to safety and disease control, your dog cannot run with the team. If you need to bring your dog, they must stay in your vehicle or, if it’s too cold, in your kennel in the warming cabin. They cannot run loose on the property or meet the sled dogs.
Please let us know in advance. We can typically accommodate vegetarian or some allergy diets. You are always welcome to bring your own food/snacks on the trail.
There is a restroom near the warming cabin for use before and after your trip. Once on the trail, no facilities are available (except trees & bushes) but you’re usually not away from the cabin for more than 2-3 hours at a time.
Please refer to the next section regarding clothing.
Our customers are usually comfortable in normal outdoor winter clothes. We recommend dressing in layers. Long underwear, snow pants or wool pants, sweater and a parka or shell, hats, scarves, etc.
Boots: Warm boots like Sorels, Steger Mukluks, LaCrosse Pac Boots work well. Hiking boots are not warm enough! We have extra boots if you need to borrow them. We recommend only one pair of socks! Good wool socks, that is. One pair gives more room for your feet to move and heat to migrate into the toe area of the boot.
Gloves: Handling the dogs requires tighly fitting gloves. We use knit gloves like the ones in the checkout line that fit all sizes or the green Army Surplus wool knit glove liners. For the trail, larger mitts that will fit over the gloves are necessary to keep hands warm. We can easily outfit you with gloves for the day at no charge. Ski gloves do not work very well because they are too bulky to handle the snaps.
Wolfsong Wear makes winter clothing on-site and has complete outfits for sale or loan. There are extra layers, footwear, hats and musher mitts available to use free of charge. Visit Wolfsong Wear to see our full line of Bayfield-made performance outerwear.
Many people have good circulation and never get cold feet. They can wear the modern “winter” boots that are shaped like something like hiking boots even in very cold weather and their feet do not get cold. For the rest of us who get cold toes, here is how to keep them warm:
Your feet need room around them to circulate the warm air from your ankles to your toes as you move. They also need thick insulation and to be kept dry. Chemical warmers work much better with lots of room around your feet.
1. One pair of good thick wool or alpaca socks; two pairs restrict the air flow.
2. Boots that have removable liners and are relatively loose fitting so your toes can move in them. Proper fit of good winter boots means you can slip out of them with minimal unlacing and freely move your toes.
3. Real wool felt liners for your boots will control moisture much better than what the boots come with. Modern felt liners are made of plastic (because it is cheaper) and do not absorb moisture. The moisture from condensation ends up in your socks and your feet get cold. Foam liners restrict air flow to your toes from your ankles.
4. Run or walk to get your feet warmed up as soon as your toes get slightly cool.
5. Chemical warmers–If you have to sit, use the toe warmers that stick on to the bottom of your socks. These are also effective even for moderate activity when it is below about 15 degrees F. Hand warmers need oxygen so they do not work very well for feet.
We use these techniques on our dogsled tours with the public and during training season and rarely have any problems with cold feet. At the end of a long day of dogsled training where the temps are often below zero, our feet are still warm and dry and happy.