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Canned vacations are like canned food -- uninspiring. You deserve an authentic experience to recharge and rejuvenate. While ski trips are as common as clover the world over, there's only one dogsled vacation package. That's here at Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge. Refresh and relax in the sparkling snowscape of a northwoods winter. Enjoy our fun-loving guides, sumptuous meals, lovely lodging and our furry 4-legged friends.

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We've been around 35 years! ...so we offer many dogsledding options, from day trips to camping adventures to Arctic expeditions.

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But here's our most popular (& cushy!) offering, just for you, no experience needed (see below):


Deluxe 4-Night Dogsled Vacation Package

  • Offered each p.m. Wed. to a.m. Sun. Dec. thru March
  • Suited for couples or pairs (up to 6 guests max per trip)
  • Features 3 days of guided "Mush Your Own Team" dogsledding
  • Includes all meals, lodging, guides, dogteams, gear
  • Open to complete beginners & all ages, from youth to seniors!

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And There's More....

Your itinerary includes a visit to Ely's famous International Wolf Center, a chance to try some skiing, snowshoeing & our Finnish wood-fired sauna, northwoods stories around the fireplace, and, with a little luck, a view of the magical dancing Aurora in our stunning night sky.

But our beloved dogs are sure to steal the show: they're friendly, handsome, love to be petted and love to pull.

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We're tucked away in a place National Geographic ranks among the most beautiful on the planet. But you'll have no trouble getting here. Flights from anywhere connect through Minneapolis to Duluth or Hibbing. Ely Shuttle Service will whisk you from there to our winter wonderland (or car rentals are cheap and driving is no problem!)

And you'll have no trouble preparing for your trip. Our own Wintergreen Northern Wear "made-in-Ely" clothing line offers rental parkas, snow pants & boots in all sizes.

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Our Founders Paul and Susan Schurke

Meet our Founders Paul & Susan Schurke

You'll be in good, warm hands. Susan designs & produces her own line of award-winning Wintergreen Northern Wear apparel. Paul, an author & educator, received the "Explorers Award" and Outside Magazine's "Adventurer of the Year" award and the "Environmental Hero" award by the national Wilderness Society. And your guides may include their children: Bria (31), Peter (25) and Berit (23). Their Wintergreen guide team has been heaped with accolades by National Geographic, Good Morning America, NBC Today Show, Public Television and Public Radio:

  • Minnesota's "Top 10 Lodges,"
  • America's "Top 6 Adventure Lodges,"
  • "10 Best Adventure Travel Bargains”
  • "Top 10 Small Outdoor Businesses"


"a Top 10 small outdoor business"


"a Top 6 U.S. adventure lodge"


"The perfect dogsled destination"


"Best in the business"


"A Top 10 Minnesota lodge"


"A Top 10 adventure bargain"

"We give a significant portion of our profits (and our volunteer time) to preserving wild & beautiful places and enabling disadvantaged people to visit them with these two non-profits we helped found: SaveTheBoundaryWaters.org, WildernessInquiry.org

Happy TrailsHappy Trails!

Ready to enjoy what our guests repeatedly tell us is their "best vacation ever"? Click here for more details on our Deluxe Dogsled Vacation or call us at 877-753-3386 (877 Sled Fun). If Yukon answers, tell him you're looking for one of our 2- legged staff. Or if you'd like to peruse our whole array of dogsledding options, click here for our homepage. We hope to share a Wintergreen experience with you!