Girdwood Glacier Dog Sledding

Girdwood Glacier Dog Sledding

Experience the pure enthusiasm of Alaskan Huskies while mushing on an alpine snowfield. A unique Alaska experience you’ll always remember.

Girdwood Glacier Dog Sledding

Tour Availability: Summer: May 15 - August 31

Duration: 2 Hours (1.5 hours on the glacier)

Activity Level: Moderate: for guests who can walk 100 yards on uneven snow, and stand/hold the sled without assistance.


Tour Highlights:

  • A scenic flight to a remote camp on Punchbowl Glacier (approximately 5 minutes each way).
  • Guided by Mitch Seavey’s IdidaRide Dog Sled Tours, a renown Alaskan mushing family of Iditarod champions.
  • Meet the Alaskan Huskies; tour the musher’s camp, learn about the lifestyle.
  • Photo opportunities on the sled with the dog team!
  • We provide outer-layers and boots to keep you dry on the glacier.

$549/499 Per Seat

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Details:

The tour begins at as you rise above Girdwood Valley on a scenic 5 minute helicopter flight. You will crest over the mountains into glacier country for your dog sledding adventure. You’ll have great photo opportunities from the air before landing on Punchbowl Glacier, a giant snowfield 3,200 feet above sea level.

On the glacier, the mushers will greet you at the helicopter and introduce you to the team of Alaskan Huskies. We partner with Seavey’s IdidaRide Kennel, owned by Mitch Seavey, a mushing legend and three-time Iditarod Champion. The mushers and dogs live and train at the glacier camp all summer long.

As the mushers select dogs for the sleds the team barks with anticipation. You’ll see how the sled works, then you’re off on an exhilarating ride on the snow, surrounded by a gorgeous backdrop of glaciers and mountains. You will have the choice to drive your own dog team, or if you’d prefer to go with the musher, you can stand on the runners or sit back and take in the views. Afterward, you’ll have time to hold some of the adorable puppies.

At the end of the experience you’ll get a quick tour of the camp, and learn interesting facts about the musher’s lifestyle.

What To Expect:

We provide a complimentary shuttle from many locations in Girdwood. If you’re driving here, you can park your vehicle at our hangar at the Girdwood Airport. Please arrive 30 minutes early to prepare for your adventure. We will outfit you with waterproof layers and over-boots so you stay dry on the glacier, then you’ll take part in a short safety briefing before your flight. You’ll be on Punchbowl Glacier for about 90 minutes which includes time with the huskies, a dogsled ride, and a tour of the camp.

You’ll have a great view from every seat to enjoy the incredible scenery. Your professional pilot will provide knowledgeable commentary during your journey. After the completion of your flight, our courtesy van will be waiting for a complimentary transfer to your destination in Girdwood.

More:

When we land on the glacier, the dogs know exactly what it means—it’s time to run! They’ll bark with excitement when the sled is readied, “pick me-pick me!”. On the sled, you’ll travel in a 1-to-2-kilometer ride, either at a gentle trot or a healthy clip, depending on snow conditions and the kind of experience you want. Tours are suitable for travelers who can walk 100 yards on uneven snow and stand/hold onto a moving sled without assistance. We go in all conditions, even rain. It can be cool up on the glacier, so dress in layers, and we provide waterproof layers and over-boots for you to stay dry. Also, don’t forget your sunglasses, and a fully-charged camera or smartphone.

History:

Dog Sledding with Alaskan Huskies is a large part of Alaskan life and history. Alaska’s Iditarod Trail started out as a mail and supply route to the interior of Alaska. In the winter of 1925, part of the Iditarod trail was used as a life-saving path to Nome, Alaska, during a great Diphtheria epidemic, because only sled dogs could travel to the remote village to deliver Serum. The trail is now known for the famous Iditarod dog sled race, the “Last Great Race on Earth”, where dogs, sleds and their mushers race northward from Anchorage to Nome. Each musher with their team of 12-16 dogs endure a journey of 1,150 miles in 8-15 days. More about this amazing race: http://www.iditarod.com.

Other Important Information:

  • 290 lb weight limit per seat (132 kg).
  • $549 per adult, $499 per child 12 and under.
  • Free shuttle service available from Girdwood hotels and B&Bs.
  • Flexible cancellation policy: We offer a full refund up to 7 days before your flight. Cancellations within 7 days are subject to a 50% cancellation fee, and within 24 hours are subject to a 100% cancellation fee. If you or a close contact tests positive for the Coronavirus you can cancel anytime for a full refund up to the day-of your flight, likewise if your travel plans are compromised by any COVID-19 travel restrictions.
  • If our staff cancels due to weather, no charges will apply and you will be fully refunded or rescheduled.
  • Max. 12 guests for dogsledding. We can accommodate private groups with advance notice (please call).
  • Per FAA guidelines, infants younger than 24 months old can fly on a parent’s lap; children aged 2 years and older must have their own seat purchased for them.
  • We operate a fleet of Robinson R44 helicopters for our tours. Each helicopter seats three passengers, so larger parties will be traveling in groups of three, using multiple aircraft. For proper weight and balance of the helicopter we may occasionally require groups traveling together to be seated with other guests so we do not exceed the maximum weight limit for the aircraft.
  • All tours require a 2 passenger minimum. Call us if you are traveling solo, we’ll add you to an existing reservation.
  • Remember to dress in layers for Alaska weather and wear flat, closed-toe footwear (no sandals or heels, please).


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