Feed your soul with REAL fun

Canned vacations are like canned food -- uninspiring. You deserve an authentic experience. Ski trips are common as can be, but there's only one dogsled vacation package -- at Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge. Refresh, relax, rejuvinate in the sparkling snowscape of our northwoods winter. Enjoy our fun-loving guides, sumptuous meals, lovely lodging and our furry 4-legged friends who love to pull. We'll keep you warm, cozy & smiling! Our guests consistently rank Wintergreen as their "BEST VACATION EVER."

Sorry! WE ARE FULLY BOOKED FOR THIS SEASON. Email us if you'd like to be on our "Sneak Preview" list to receive advance notice this spring of next season's schedule & get 'first dibs' on your preferred trip date.
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For over 35 years! ...we've offered these dogsled options:

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Which to choose?  Start by considering our most popular option, which is outlined below:


Deluxe 4-Night Dogsled Vacation Package

  • Offered each Wednesday to Sunday, December through March
  • Best suited for couples or pairs, open to complete beginners
  • Features 3 days of guided "Mush Your Own Team" dogsledding fun
  • Includes all meals, lodging, guides, dogteams, gear -- everything!

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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, the magical dancing Northern Lights 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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A Global Top Spot
Easy to Get here & Easy to Dress for


National Geographic ranks our northwoods among "the world's most beautiful places." Getting here is easy. Flights from anywhere connect through Minneapolis (or Chicago) to our Duluth airport. From there, the Ely Shuttle van will bring you to our lodge (OR car rentals from Minneapolis are cheap & the drive is scenic!)

Gearing up for your trip is easy. We'll guide you through your clothing needs and, if needed, outfit you with our rental parkas, snow pants & warm boots. OR purchase our  Wintergreen Northern Wear "Made-in-Ely" 4-season jackets, pants & tops at your guest-discount pricing.  We also offer warm mitts, hats, socks & thermalwear in all sizes.

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Although Ely prides itself with being at the end of road, it's surprisingly easy to get here, even in the winter! Most of our guests from the Midwest choose to drive here (4 hours from the Twin Cities, 10 hours from Chicago). Scenic 4-lane divided highways bring you nearly all the way here; the last 45 miles are improved 2 lane. The roads are very well maintained (2-wheel drive vehicles are fine). In fact in our 30 years, no Wintergreen guests have ever been delayed by winter road issues! Your "Trip Kit" will include an Ely-area road map to the lodges. Check in time is 4-6 pm but if you arrive later, no problem, just call ahead and we'll hold dinner for you. Check-out on your last morning is around 10 but we can provide an earlier breakfast if your travel plans require it.

Travel to Wintergreen Lodge by Air

Arriving here by air is easy as well. Delta Airlines (www.delta.com, 800-225-2525) flies Minneapolis/St.Paul (MSP) to DULUTH (8 jet flights/day) and HIBBING (3 turboprop flights/day) as well as Detroit to DULUTH. United Airlines flies twice daily direct Chicago O’'Hare to Duluth. Allegiant Air offers direct flights to Duluth from Las Vegas, Scottsdale, Phoenix & Orlando to Duluth. Afternoon arrival and departure times are best but we're happy to accommodate late night arrivals and early morning departures. Duluth is 2 hours by taxi shuttle service from Ely, Hibbing is just over 1 hour. Round-trip fares last winter from major east/west coast hubs were $200-250 to Minneapolis, $300-$350 to Duluth and $350-$400 to Hibbing (and $250 round-trip Chicago-Duluth).

From the Duluth(DLH) or Hibbing(HIB) airports, ground shuttle to/from your lodge is available from Ely Shuttle (Gary 218-349-1383). Their flat rate can often be partially split among other Wintergreen guests sharing the same shuttle to help reduce the fare. Ely Shuttle also has a large van & luggage trailer for large groups. Upon booking your flights, be sure to book your shuttle as well because Ely Shuttle may get booked up. Other options (more expensive) are Hibbing Taxi (218-263-5065) and Allied Taxi Duluth (218-722-3311). Car rental from Duluth (all brands) and Hibbing (ACAR 218-348-7446) is an option.

Travel to Wintergreen Lodge by Car and Air

If you don't mind driving (and it's a pleasant, scenic 4-hour drive largely on 4-lane divided highway), flying to Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) and renting a car may be the best option. As of August 2016, airfare from east or west coast to MSP plus car rental totals about $400 each for 2 people. And, if you depart from the east or west coast 7-9am, you'll arrive in Ely 4-6pm. That's only slightly later than our guests on the DLH or HIB connecting flights who arrive in Ely by ground shuttle taxi 3-4 pm. From MSP airport, car rentals run about $30/day (intermediate size, 2-wheel drive is fine). This option is appealing for those who choose to extend their stay in Minnesota before or after their Wintergreen trip. Various Ely lodges offer discounts for Wintergreen guests and we're happy to recommend discount lodging options for a scenic overnight stay in Duluth or along Minnesota's beautiful North Shore Highway on Lake Superior.

Want to avoid driving AND connecting flights? 

www.skylineshuttle.com (888-354-2677) offers hourly van trips each day from the Minneapolis/St.Paul airport to Duluth where you can connect with Ely Shuttle.  


"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"

Wintergreen supports preserving wildlands & enabling disadvantaged people to enjoy nature with two non-profits we helped found: SaveTheBoundaryWaters.org

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Ready to enjoy what our guests tell us is their "best vacation ever"? Call us anytime toll-free: 877-753-3386 (877 Sled Fun). If Yukon answers, tell him you're looking for one of our 2- legged staff. We hope to share a Wintergreen experience with you!


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