These trips typically include 8 guests in lodges with 4-6 bedrooms and 2 or 3 baths. Depending upon the guest configuration (singles, pairs, 3-somes, etc.) this may involve some use of shared bathrooms. Open to singles, pairs, or groups. No experience needed! (NOTE: In comparison, our "BETTER" trips accommodate 6 guests with private bathrooms for each pair, and our "BEST" trips include up to 4 guests.)
Check in 4-6 pm first day | Check out 9-11 am last day
NOTE: Registrants for our 3- and 4-night "GOOD" trips will be wait-listed until September pending updated public health protocols regarding trips with mixed groups in large cabins. We're currently accepting registrants for our 4-night "BETTER" & "BEST" Dogsled Vacation since these allow for safe social distancing in small cabin units.
Wed Dec 15-Sun Dec 19 $1375
Wed Dec 22-Sun Dec 26 $1475
Wed Jan 5-Sun Jan 9 $1375
Wed Jan 19-Sun Jan 23 $1375
Wed Feb 3–Sun Feb 7 $1375
Wed Feb 17-Sun Feb 21 $1375
Wed Feb 24–Sun Feb 28 $1375
Wed Mar 2–Sun Mar 6 $1375
Wed Mar 9–Sun Mar 13 $1375
Wed Mar 16-Sun Mar 20 $1275*
Package rates are all-inclusive, per adult in double rooms. Youth discounts: ages 6-11 get $200 off, ages 12-17 $100 off. Single private rooms: $200 more when available.
*Rate reflects early & late season lodging discounts
DAY 1: Arrive in Ely early afternoon by car or airport taxi shuttle. Visit Ely rental store for any rental clothing needs, continue to your lodge for check-in and site tour. Meet your guides & dogs. Welcoming dinner at 6 pm followed by trip orientation session and clothing check. Optional night visit to the kennel (a chance to 'howl' with your dogs at the moon and watch for northern lights!)
DAY 2: Sunrise kennel care (optional) followed by breakfast and "Dogsledding 101" training. The big moment arrives as your guides help you launch your team and accompany you on a dogsled training trip. Return to lodge midday for lunch, skills review and rest break. Afternoon dogsled trip. Return to lodge 4-5 pm. Treat & water your dogs. R&R. Dinner. Optional socializing around the fireplace.
DAY 3: Kennel care & breakfast followed by full day of mushing with trailside campfire lunch and rest stops at scenic sites. Wintergreen guides accompany your group on skis, providing tune-up tips on your mushing skills and sharing natural history info along the route. Return to lodge late afternoon. Treat & water your dogs. Optional skiing/snowshoeing or R&R. 6 pm dinner. Optional evening activates include Finnish-style sauna, campfire gathering, fireplace stories, and/or 'film fest' to view the National Geographic documentaries on Wintergreen adventures.
DAY 4: Kennel care & breakfast followed by another great day of mushing. Now that everyone "knows the ropes"), the group can help the guides decide among alternate route options or activities throughout the day. Arrive at lodge mid to late afternoon for "R&R" followed by celebration dinner (be sure to bring the cord that connects your camera or camcorder to a TV so that you can share in the fun show that evening) Optional evening "What's for dinner?" program at the International Wolf Center to observe the wolves feeding (on Saturday evenings only).
DAY 5: Kennel care, breakfast, "Mushers Graduation" event, kennel visit to bid your dogs adieu, check-out mid to late morning (or early if your travel plans require). If you weren't able to visit Ely's International Wolf Center or North American Bear Center (winter hours Fri/Sat 10-5) before your dogsled trip, we can sometimes arrange a visit to the wolf viewing area or bear exhibits on your check-out day.
1101 Ring Rock Road Ely, MN 55731