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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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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Welcome to Wintergreen!

As the nation's oldest (35 years!) & most well established dogsled center, Wintergreen offers many dogsled vacation options.

Whether you’re thinking about a dogsled experience in Colorado, Alaska or anywhere, consider our Minnesota Boundary Waters wilderness.  It ranks among the “Top 50” most scenic places in the world.

We're happy to help you select your ideal option. It's simple: call us toll free 877-753-3386 anytime & we'll guide you to your ideal winter vacation. For all ages, no experience or special fitness needed, warm clothing & boots available in all sizes....


1) Would you like a lodge-based trip (with your own bedroom each night) or would you prefer a more adventurous experience that includes tent-camping on a few nights?

2) How many are you? We're happy to accommodate singles, pairs & 3-somes. Groups of 4 or more can book their own private cabin, or join other registrants in a larger cabin.

3) Do you prefer evening private time, or do you enjoy fireplace socializing with like-minded travelers? Our "Good," "Better," & "Best" lodge-based trip options accommodate those preferences....and the number of guests & our package pricing vary accordingly.

4) When do you want to go? We offer trips from early December to late March.  Early & late season typically offers more moderate temps while mid season offers best snow conditions.

Review the options below, then call us toll-free to select your ideal trip: 877-753-3386

Lodge-based Dogsled Vacations


A Wintergreen exclusive, these packages are suited for persons ages 6 to 86 and require no experience or gear. Accompanied by our guide-naturalists, you'll mush a team of our friendly Eskimo dogs on beautiful wilderness trails each day and enjoy great meals and cozy northwoods cabins each evening. Choose from:

4 Night (Good)
About 8 guests per trip, suited for pairs or individuals 
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Up to 6 guests, fine dining & lodging, private bathrooms 
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4 Night (Best)
Limited to 4 guests, fine dining, premier lodging 
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3 Night (Shorter)
Suited for pairs or individuals, specially priced for family groups 
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Specialty Dogsled Vacations
Lodge-based dogsled vacations with a twist -- dogsledding fun plus guest instructors who incorporate other skill learning.

Photo Adventure Dogsled Vacation 
A 5-night dogsled trip with National Geographic/Time-Life Photographer Layne Kennedy to enhance your camera skills 
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Dogsled Vacation for Parent-Child Pairs
4-night dog sled trips with top quality one-on-one time with your child or grandchild for lifetime memories & bonding 

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Dogsled Camping Vacations

Beginning Dogsled Camping
Our "Wintergreen Classics" are suited for complete novices. You'll spend your first night at Wintergreen Lodge learning dog sledding, snowshoeing, skiing, and winter camping skills. Then with our guides you'll enjoy a 4-day/3-night trek in the spectacular boundary wilderness capped with a final festive evening back at a lodge. Lots of learning and lots of fun.  
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Advanced Dogsled & Ski Camping 
These 6-night trips (4 nights camping) get you deeper into the wilderness by dogsled, ski & snowshoe and offer more intense skills instruction. Suited for fit persons with previous camp experience. Outstanding adventures that are often led by director Paul Schurke. 
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Arctic Trips
New destinations each spring have included the Russian Arctic, Hudson Bay, Greenland, Ellesmere Island, the Svalbard Islands & even the North Pole. Guided by Wintergreen founder/director Paul Schurke who ranks among the world's most experienced arctic dogsled guides. 
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Dogsled Day Trips & Private Group Trips

Day Trips 
Our half & full day "drive your own team" dog mushing options for all ages 
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Group Trips

Your own private day or overnight trip for family or friends at discounted rates 

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Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge has been featured in a variety of media outlets throughout the years.

Because Wintergreen is so unique, our dogsled trips are regularly featured in films, television specials, newspaper feature stories and magazine articles, and on the web.  You can view these by following the links below.

Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge on the Web

You'll find lots of fun videos that Wintergreen guests have made about their trips with us on You Tube.  Here's a sampling of other websites that feature Wintergreen, including some posted by national media and others by our guests:

Media Coverage about Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge

Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge in Film

  • The History Channel filmed at Wintergreen in March 2016
  • National Geographic.com filmed at Wintergreen in December 2013
  • Travel Channel celebrity Samatha Brown joined us for a Wintergreen dogsled camping trip for a special that now airs on her "Passport to Great Weekends" series
  • "Adventure Lodges of North America," PBS-TV, September 2006, 1-hour TV special documenting 6 adventure lodges including Wintergreen.
  • “The Vacation You Need,” The Discovery Channel, March 2006, a reality-TV show based on a Wintergreen dogsled camping trip with a family from Seattle.
  • “Kent Hrbek Outdoors,” 2005, TV feature about Wintergreen with Kent Hrbeck
  • NBC Today Show features Wintergreen in both a summer segment in August 2004 and winter segment in December 2002.
  • "Ice Master," by Dateline NBC, January 2003. A docu-drama on the ill-fated 1914 Karluk expedition near Wrangel Island in the Russian Arctic, featuring commentary by Paul Schurke and footage shot at Wintergreen.
  • “A Dog’s Day in Paradise,” by R.J. Fritz with WCCO-CBS TV, Spring 2003, TV news feature about Wintergreen Lodge and Wintergreen Northern Wear
  • “Backroads with Ron Shara & Raven,” 2002, TV feature about Wintergreen with Ron Shara.
  • "Ice Riders," by National Geographic television, September 2001. A documentary about Paul and daughter Bria Schurke's dogsled expedition with the Polar Inuit descendants of Adm. Robert Peary and black American explorer Matthew Henson in northwestern Greenland.
  • "Dogsledding in Minnesota," by PBS Anywhere Wild, 1999. A documentary hosted by mountain climber Peter Wittaker and Paul & Bria Schurke about a Wintergreen dogsled trip. Copies of this 30-minute video can be ordered through Wintergreen.
  • "Dogs of the Midnight Sun," by Discovery Channel, 1999 A documentary on the Canadian Inuit Dog featuring footage shot at Wintergreen. Contact Wintergreen to order a copy.
  • "Dogsledding in Wisconsin," by PBS Trailside, 1997. A documentary hosted by Backpacker magazine editor John Viehman about a Wintergreen dogsled trip on Lake Superior's Apostle Islands.
  • "The Last Husky," by National Geographic Explorer, 1993. A documentary (winner of Banff Film Award) about the relocation of the last working dogteam in Antarctica to Wintergreen and VOBS in Minnesota.
  • "Thawing the Ice Curtain," by National Geographic, September 1991. A half-hour TV special about Paul Schurke's Bering Bridge Expedition that helped open the US-Soviet border between Siberia and Alaska.
  • "North to the Pole," by National Geographic, September 1986. A one-hour TV special about Paul Schurke's and Will Steger's 1986 dogsled expedition to the North Pole. Continues to air periodically on National Geographic programming.

Past Media Coverage about Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge

  • April 14, 2006, Ely Echo newspaper feature story on the 20 th anniversary of the historic dogsled expedition to the North Pole led by Paul Schurke & Will Steger and hailed by National Geographic as "a landmark in polar exploration"
  • March 2006, The Discovery Channel premieres “The Vacation You Need,” a reality-TV show based on a Wintergreen dogsled camping trip with a family from Seattle.
  • January 2006 Shape magazine, “Plan Now for a Sporty Vacation”
  • January 1, 2006 Associated Press feature story on Wintergreen that ran in 1,800 papers worldwide, “Mushers Plunge into Snowy Wilderness
  • January 2, 2006, Columbus Dispatch feature on Wintergreen, “Sled Dogs Pull Through on Winter Vacations”
  • 2006-07 issue of  Wilderness magazine features recipients of the National Wilderness Society’s 2006 Environmental Heroes award including Wintergreen director Paul Schurke for his role in founding Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness, Wilderness Inquiry and his preservation efforts regarding the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and the Kawishiwi Pines Old Growth area.
  • Jan/Feb 2005, Twin City Dog magazine, pgs 12-15, Wintergreen feature story,
  • Jan/Feb 2006 National Geographic Adventure magazine features a story on North Pole adventures, including Wintergreen's 2006 polar trek
  • January 2005, Associated Press  feature story on dogsledding that ran worldwide and highlighted Wintergreen
  • Fall/Winter 2005 Travel Savvy magazine features a story on dogsledding that highlights Wintergreen
  • October 2004 Mens Journal, highlights Wintergreen in a story about dogsledding.
  • February 2004, National Geographic Adventure, highlights Wintergreen in a photo feature titled "Mush with the Best!"
  • January 2004, Smithsonian Magazine, cover story about Wintergreen's dogsled expeditions with the Polar Inuit of Northwestern Greenland
  • Winter/Spring 2003, Backpacker magazine, feature story about the type of summer treks Wintergreen is pioneering on Russia's Kamchatka peninsula.
  • Fall 2002, Jeep magazine, feature story and photos about Wintergreen
  • August 19, 2002, US News & World Report, feature titled "The Gene that Wouldn't Sit Still" about the psychological roots of adventurous which highlights the life experiences of Paul Schurke.
  • April 2002, Outside Magazine, Ideas That Rock the World: Paul & Susan Schurke, Mushers for the Masses," profile ranking Wintergreen among the “Top 10” small innovative outdoor businesses of the past 25 years
  • March 2002, Outside Magazine, page 72. "Top 25 Trips of a Lifetime." includes Wintergreen's dogsled trips with the Polar Inuit of Northwestern Greenland
  • January 13, 2002, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,. "Dogsledding Answers Call of Wild," by Don Mac Isaac. Feature story and photos about a Wintergreen Dogsled Adventure.
  • 2002 Google's "Stack of Lists" includes Paul Schurke in its list of “100 Explorers Throughout History.”
  • World Almanac& Book of Facts includes Paul Schurke & Will Steger's 1986 North Pole Expedition among its outline of "North Pole Exploration Records."
  • National Public Radio's"Morning Edition" included an interview with Paul Schurke and a feature story on his May 1999 North Pole expedition.
  • March 2002, Fortune Small Business magazine,. "Going to the Dogs: In Minnesota, your own Personal Iditarod” feature story about Wintergreen camping trip.
  • March 2002, Men's Journal,. A profile on Wintergreen's advanced dogsled camping adventures.
  • February 7, 2001, Mesabi Daily News, "Ely Explorer Schurke," feature story and photos about Wintergreen Lodge and Paul Schurke's expedition career.
  • January 2000, Porsche Magazine, "Dashing Through the Snow," feature story and photos about both Wintergreen Lodge and Paul Schurke's Arctic expeditions.
  • November/December 1999, National Geographic Traveler, "Going to the Dogs,". Feature story and photos about a Wintergreen lodge-to-lodge dogsled vacation. Excerpt: "The nice thing about mushing is that as soon as you attempt to do it, you are doing it. We were off and running, standing tall on our sleds....As soon as we were in their midst, the dogs vied eagerly for our touch. This breed has a well—earned reputation for being affectionate."
  • February 21, 1999, Duluth News Tribune,. "Adventure Entrepeneurs: Paul & Susan Schurke of Ely have fashioned a way of life, 2 livelihoods out of winter," by Sam Cook. Feature stories and photos. Click here http://www.dogsledding.com/news_archive/duluth-02-21-99.php for text-only copy of this article.
  • September/October 1998, New Moon, The Magazine about Girls and Their Dreams,. page 38-39. "My Arctic Odyssey," by Bria Schurke about her backpacking trek across Ellesmere, Canada's northernmost Arctic Island with her father Paul.
  • July 26, 1998, New York Times magazine, "Explornography," by John Tierney. Cover feature story and photos about Wintergreen's dogsled trips across Ellesmere, Canada's northernmost Arctic island.
  • December 1998, German Geo Magazine,. "The Roof of the World," by John Tierney. Feature story and photos (in German) about Wintergreen's dogsled trips across Ellesmere, Canada's northernmost Arctic island.
  • Jan/Feb 1998, Country Woman, "Cover Lady's Country-Coated." Cover story feature about Wintergreen Designs.
  • 1997-98 Snow Country magazine,. Paul Schurke served as the magazine's guest columnist, writing monthly articles about winter skills and cold weather comfort.
  • December 1997, BackpackerMagazine,. "Chillin' with the King of Cool," by Jeff Rennicke. A feature story and photos about Wintergreen and director Paul Schurke along with Paul's tips for winter comfort. Click here http://www.backpacker.com/article/0,2646,815,00.html for text-only copy.
  • March 1997, Northwest Airlines World Traveler, feature article and photos on Wintergreen dogsled trip.
  • February 1994, Midwest Living, "Dogsledding Through the Boundary Waters," Feature stories and photos about a Wintergreen dogsled adventure.
  • Winter 1991, Boundary Waters Journal,. "Home in the Boundary Waters," by Bob Cary. A profile of Wintergreen and its founders Paul & Sue Schurke.
  • January 1987, Outside magazine,. "Outsiders of the Year: On Top of the World, Making the Pole the Hard Way with Will Steger and Paul Schurke," by David Roberts. Feature profile and photos on Paul & Will's successful dogsled expedition to the North Pole in winter 1986.
  • September 1986, National Geographic magazine, "North to the Pole!" by Will Steger with Paul Schurke, cover story feature on Will's & Paul's expedition. Contact Wintergreen to order a copy.
  • www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/22/AR2007022200898.html?referrer=emailarticle
  • http://savvytraveler.publicradio.org/show/letters/1999/19991016/2.shtml
  • http://traveler.nationalgeographic.com/family-vacation/minnesota-text
  • http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/secrets-of-successful-travelers/?page=
  • http://www.heartlandoutdoorsman.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=1592
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lore/sets/72157606176973103/
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240dog-sledding1.jpgTell me about dogsledding

Dogsled trips are the unique winter vacation alternative which, unlike skiing or snowmobiling, require no special skills or fitness and are suitable for all ages -- from 5-85.  Our dogsled vacation packages feature great fun, great food, great lodging and the extraordinary Wintergreen team: the best guides in the Northwoods.  But our Eskimo sled dogs steal the show every time -- they're friendly, handsome and love to pull. Click here to meet our dogs.

Tell me about Wintergreen

Now in our 35th year, we're the oldest, most experienced recreational dog sledding center and the nation's only lodge devoted exclusively to dogsledding. We've been cited by National Geographic as the "best in the business" and ranked by Outside Magazine as one of the "Top 10" small, innovative outdoor companies of the past quarter century.  Paul Schurke, Wintergreen's founder & director, is a renowned author and educator who has received the Explorers Club award, Outside's "Adventurer of the Year" award and the "Environmental Hero" award by the national Wilderness Society.  Our dogsled guides --the most experienced in the business-- have been with us for many years. While dogsledding may be a sideline for other adventures vacation companies, at Wintergreen it's all we do and we do it very well! Click here to learn more about how we came to be.

Tell me about Ely, Minnesota

Ely is considered the "Sled Dog Capitol of the U.S." and is located in the beautiful US-Canada Boundary Waters Wilderness.  National Geographic ranked this area among the world's Top 50 "must see" destinations, "Good Morning America" cited Ely among the nation's Top 10 adventure areas and CBS journalist Charles Kuralt called Ely his "#1" vacation place. The area's gentle terrain, sheltered forests, stunning scenery and consistent winter snow cover make it ideal for dogsledding. For more info:  www.ely.org/

How do I get to Ely, Minnesota?

Ely is served by an excellent winter highway system. Most of our guests from the Midwest opt to drive (we're 4 hours from Minneapolis, 12 hours from Chicago -- none of our guests have ever been delayed by road closures).  We also have excellent air service on Delta Airlines via regional airports in Duluth and Hibbing and a taxi shuttle to Wintergreen. Round-trip airfares from many areas of the country are less than $500.  Click here for more travel info and a road map.

Will I stay warm in Ely, Minnesota?

Yes! No one knows winter clothing & comfort better than Wintergreen. In fact, we design and produce our own line of top quality winter gear at our Made-In-Ely clothing company Wintergreen Northern Wear.  We'll help ensure that you bring exactly what you need. Apparel items you don't have, including warm parkas and snow boots, can be rented or purchased at a discount through Wintergreen Northern Wear. Click here to view our suggested clothing list.

Tell me about the Wintergreen lodging

The lodges we use, including our own, are in beautiful northwoods settings and feature private bedrooms, fireplaces, full baths, saunas, ski & snowshoe trails. Single and king bed options as desired are available on most trips and full linens blankets, comforters, towels are of course provided. Arrangements are made to shuttle guest luggage and vehicles between lodges as needed. After three decades of planning accommodations and food for our guests, we think we've found the perfect balance: lodging loaded with character yet conscious of comfort, meals that satisfy your body's hard-earned appetite while stimulating your imagination   And Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge, perched on pine-studded peninsula of White Iron Lake,  adjoins a beautiful wilderness area with dozens of miles of varied dogsled trails used almost exclusively by our guests. Click here for more info about the lodging.

How about the Wintergreen food?

Among the key things that makes Wintergreen so special is our great meal service. We know exactly what our guests want after an invigorating day of dogsledding -- an interesting, tasteful meal lovingly prepared with fresh top-quality ingredients...and plenty of it! Meals are served family-style and guests & guides dine together.  We are more than happy to accommodate any dietary restrictions and special requests (and be sure to let us know if your trip falls on a birthday or other event that calls for a special dessert!) Although wine is not served, guests are welcome to bring their own.  An indoor lunch will be served on your first dogsledding day.  The other days include a trailside campfire lunch with soup, grilled sandwich and various snacks served by your guides. And while your guides take great pride in being educators, entertainers and athletes, they are also great cooks!  Breakfast is their chance to shine and they prepare a bountiful meal every morning with fresh fruits, hot entrees & baked items, juices, yogurts, cereals, breads, local jams and great coffee.  Click here for more info.

What's included in the dogsled package price?

Everything -- meals, lodging, guides, dogteams, outfitting, trail fees & taxes (PLUS tickets to Ely's International Wolf Center where you can observe a wolf pack in a woodland enclosure). Our trips are a great value for your vacation dollar. In fact, SmarterTravel.com ranks us among the 10 Best Adventure Travel Bargains.

Which dogsled trip should I choose?

We offer both Lodge-based Dogsled Vacations and the more adventurous Dogsled Camping Trips.  For a 4-night Lodge-based trip, choose among our "GOOD," "BETTER" and "BEST" options.  Our standard "GOOD" trips include around 8 guests and feature family-style meals, private bedrooms and some use of shared bathrooms.  Deluxe "BETTER" trips generally include 6 guests and feature fine dining & private bathrooms. Our upgraded "Star of the North" BEST trips involve 2 pairs of guests and feature fine dining and our premier private lakeshore cabin.  The shorter 3-night Dogsled Trips are specially discounted for family groups.  Our dogsled camping trips include the intro-level 5-night "Classics" and a variety of advanced trips. Click here for our "Choosing your Trip" comparison chart.

What's the best time to come to Wintergreen for a dogsledding trip?

Ely, Minnesota, lies within the "Ontario Snow Powder Belt" and has good snow December through March.  Daytime highs average around 20 degrees December through February and rise closer to 30 degrees in March. While January weather tends to be colder, it's also the clearest (for night sky viewing!). But each of these months offers great sledding so the best time to come is whatever works best for you.

How does the dogsledding work?

With instruction and assistance from our guides, you'll actually be driving a team of our dogs on beautiful northwoods trails each day. The platforms on the back of our sleds allow one or two persons to control the sled with voice commands, a brake, shifting their balance and an occasional pedal kick.  It's easy and fun to learn. On the uphills, it requires effort similar to bicycling as you "pedal kick" a bit to assist the dogs, and around corners it's a bit like sailing as you lean to balance the sled. But most of the time you're just gliding effortlessly along, mesmerized by the scenery and the snow clicking off the paws of your team as they pull you along. Our unique extra-wide sleds (designed & made at Wintergreen) allow two guests to stand side-by-side on a stable platform and drive the sled together.  New mushers find this is a far more comfortable and confident way to learn dogsledding than by having to balance on the narrow runners of a conventional racing sled and try to control it by themselves.  Our expert guides will accompany you on skis to help out as needed

How far will we dogsled each day?

Depending upon snow conditions, Wintergreen's teams of Canadian Eskimo freight dogs travel at 4 to 8 miles per hour. But we make many stops enroute at sites of scenic interest and so the quantity of miles covered each day on a Wintergreen trip --which varies greatly depending upon route selection and group interests-- is less important to us than the quality of the experience that we can provide for you.  Most days were outside from mid-morning to late afternoon but shorter or longer dogsledding days can often be arranged if you prefer.

Tell me about your other dogsled guests.

About 20% of our guests come on their own, the rest with friends or family. 60% are women, 35% are returning customers.  The average age is 42 though ranged last year from 6 to 78.  Each group includes 4 to 8 guests plus 2 or 3 guides, depending upon the type of trip.  You'll enjoy the fun-loving folks you'll meet on these trips. The evenings are very social with fireside chats, stories by Wintergreen guides or films on our arctic expeditions. Click here to read what our guests have to say about their Wintergreen experience.

Tell me about your sled dogs.

Wintergreen has the world's largest working kennel of pure-bred Canadian Inuit dogs. The original breed of the high arctic, these strikingly handsome, strong and friendly dogs truly live to pull.  Their tough build is well suited for the backcountry but they can still be comfortably handled by most beginners.   Our dogs are bred, raised and trained specifically for our guests. They are incredible animals whose passion for what they do is infectious with everyone they meet. Our dogs are loved and cared for in a way that makes them part of our family --not just draft animals-- and their remarkable behavior demonstrates this every day. What will impress you most is their spirit. They are happiest in their traces, tug lines tight, leaning into their harnesses. And as the trip unfolds, you come to know each dog's personality -- the way Willow leans to the left when she pulls, the impatient way Cedar looks back at you whenever the sled stops, the way Hillary and Bernie nuzzle each other at the midday lunch break.

How much contact will I have with the sled dogs?

As much as you like! Wintergreen provides a complete "hands on" experience. With instruction and training by our guides, you'll not only will be driving your own dog team, but you're also welcome to help harness, feed and care for your dogs.  (Sorry, you just can't take them home with you!)

Tell me about your dogsledding staff.

Our "Wintergreen Team" is by far the best in the business. It includes founder/director Paul Schurke, our dozen trained, certified dogsled guides, our kitchen and housekeeping staff (and of course our "4-legged" kennel staff!). Our guides are not only superb skills instructors with wilderness safety and first aid training, but are also gifted naturalists and educators who enjoy sharing northwoods lore with our guests. In fact, our guides rank among National Geographic's "Adventurers of the Year." Paul Schurke's schedule allows him to spend time with most Wintergreen groups and he is the lead instructor on most of the advanced trips.

Can I really dogsled?

Yes you can!  People ages 5-85 have enjoyed our trips. Many have no prior winter experience -- some have never even seen snow! We specialize in working with complete beginners, even people who've spent little time with dogs and who dislike cold weather. Our Lodge-to-Lodge trips are suitable even for persons who are only minimally fit while our camping trips are better suited for persons with fair to good fitness.  Our registration info will help you gauge your fitness.

How do I get more information on these dogsledding trips?

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us toll free at 877-753-3386 to request our email registration form, inquire about openings on your preferred dates and/or ask any questions you may have. Please note that our most popular dates tend to fill by early fall. Sorry, we don't staff the office full time during the summer but we do check messages daily. Don't be shy with your questions.  After 35 years, we've heard them all and we're happy to provide detailed answers. 

How do I make a dogsledding trip reservation?

Click here to register by phone, fax, mail, or email.  Registration involves a $100/person deposit with balance due 8 weeks before your trip. Youth discounts: ages 5-11 get $200 off , 12-17 get $100 off.   New adult guests get $100 off with our "Summer Sign-Up Discount" until Sept 1 by registering with full payment.  Returning guests get $150 off until Sept 1 by registering with full payment OR $100 off any trip, any time without full payment (Welcome back alumni!). Private groups of 6 or more can arrange their own custom, discounted trip. Discounts are not cumulative but the largest discount will apply.  All payments including deposits are fully refundable till Oct 1. Payments minus the $100 deposit are refundable after October 1 & until 2 months before your trip.   Within 2 months of your trip, payments are nonrefundable but are transferable to another trip pending availability. 


"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!


Contact us anytime, we’re happy to answer all your questions!

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