UPDATE - January 2017 snow conditons are Excellant at Eden Un-Chained Gang Dogsledding, nearly 2' snowpack at our exceptional hilltop location! Awesome, fun trails!
Where our dogs are treated like celebrities.
2017 Presidents week TOUR DATES - February 18 to the 25th. $445 - $495
This February Presidents week vacation season we are offering ONLY this exclusive Alpha tour including harnessing and hitching your UN-Chained Gang dogteam and a 45 minute magical, spirited dogsledding experience. Eden Dogsledding GIFT CERTIFICATES make great special occasion gifts
Winter Ethical Dogsledding Info and Rates
Mush! It's time you had this lifetime experience! Come and immerse yourself in an authentic dog sledding adventure that is also a Discovery Channel type tour that is hands-on, safe, fun, and educational. While you are warm and cozy meet The UN-Chained Gang, our lovable, huggable, Alaskan huskies, and learn about their emerging Canine Consciousness. Help harness, hitch, and then go on a sled ride on our state-of-the-art trail system through 140 acres of pristine dog sanctuary, located amidst 3,000 acres of beautiful Vermont wildnerness. Return and relax with some lovable sled dogs, hot chocolate and snacks by the made in Vermont wood stove.
The UN-Chained Gang, Our 40 Alaskan Huskies find joy in running, hugging, and giving you a ride for an educational experience you will cherish for a lifetime! Please call 802-635-9070 to discuss your needs and how we can help you.
WE HAVE SNOW!!!Our micro climate and mountain location promises snow, and lots of it. Don't let your plans be foiled by lack of snow where you are; Eden boasts some of the highest snowfall amounts in the state.
Please go to our direction page or ask us for directions so that you don't find yourself on seasonal roads. 4-wheel drive or all wheel drive is required. *Please DO NOT use GPS or Map Quest, ETC. - We do not want you to get lost or stuck on a snowmobile trail!
CLICK HERE TO REQUEST A TOUR RESERVATION
For tour reservations please call toll free - 866-635-9070
TOUR RATES ARE PER SLED NOT PER PERSON
We also offer lodging STAY AND SLED PACKAGES Come stay with us at Eden Mountain Lodge http://www.edenmtnlodge.com
PRICE IS PER SLED
NOT PER PERSON
THE UN-CHAINED GANG TOUR - Choice of either an Educational or Ride-the-Runners Tour
Our one-of-a-kind exclusive tours provide you with plenty of knowledge and hands-on time with the UN-Chained Gang! Step into the unique world of dog pack dynamics. On arrival, guests begin with meeting our 40 dogs and learn about our general husbandry that is totally unique.
Educational Tour guests are then given a back of the house tour with kennel, nutritional and more in depth husbandry information. All tour guests get hands-on dog time and learn about your team of exceptional Alaskan Huskies, their personalities, and the dynamics of the pack. Our dogs are highly socialized, friendly and exceptionally loving! Then experience getting to harness and hitch them to the sled for your tour, followed by a 60 minute scenic dogsled tour with one of our informative Musher Tour Guides.
Ride-the-Runners guests, up to two people, then get to drive the sled for 10 minutes with a couple of runs on our training section of trails. A taste of mushing that will leave you wanting more! What an exciting way to end this lifetime experience! CLICK HERE for more details!
Standard sled up to 350 lbs passenger weight, XLARGE sled up to 400 lbs pasenger weight.
CLICK HERE if there are more people in your party or if weight limit is exceeded.
2 1/2 hours plus
$595 plus tax
Our most popular tour! Experience the dog pack-dynamics unique to our ethical dogsled operation and learn about our world of dogsledding. An hour of dog time includes harnessing your team and hitching them to the sled. Participate and witness the adventure and romance of wilderness dogsledding with an magical and spirited 50 + minute sled ride experience on our own designed, hand cut and maintained trail system. You will never forget it! CLICK HERE for more details! Want to drive a sled? Check out our Bonus Ride The Runners. We also offer lessons too!
Alpha Tour is for up to 4 family menbers. Up to 2 adults and 1 child/350 lbs passenger weight standard sled capacity. Tour ride time is split with a passsenger exchange if more than 2 adults. $50 additional for extra large sled up to 400 lbs. passenger weght. CLICK HERE If there are more people in your party or if weight limit is exceeded. Extra persons add $25 each, maximum 6 persons including two split ride times.
2 to 2 1/2 hours
$495 plus tax
An abbreviated version of the Alpha Tour that allows you to meet and experience the highly socialized UN-Chained Gang and their incredible pack dynamics! 45 minutes of dog interaction which includes harnessing and hitching your team and then a magical, spirited 40 minute plus sled ride. Want to drive a sled? Check out our Bonus Ride the Runners. We also offer lessons too.
Up to 2 adults and 1 child/350 lbs passenger weight standard sled capacity, $50 additional for extra large sled up to 400 lbs. passenger weight. CLICK HERE if there are more people in your party or if weight limit is exceeded. Extra persons add $25 each, maximum 6 persons including two split ride times.
$395 plus tax
Our standard tour allows you to meet and experience the highly socialized Un-Chained Gang. Help us hitch your team and let them take you for a magical, spirited 30 minute ride on our specially designed dogsledding trailsystem. Watch the team climb, dive and run through our twisty, rolling exciting trails through pristine forests, open pastures with astounding views. You will never forget it.
Up to 2 adults and 1 child/350 lbs passenger weight standard sled capacity. $50 additional for extra large sled up to 400 lbs passenger weight.
Split tours not available with an Omega Tour.
Not available on Saturdays or holiday periods.
1 hour 45 minutes
$345 plus tax
THE UNCHAINED GANG DONATION TOUR
A glimpse into the wonderful world of ethical dogsledding with the UN-Chained Gang sled dogs. Our program gives you an Alpha Premium Tour while your added donation will help support our ethical treatment of working dogs. For more details CLICK HERE and thank you!
Want to include more family and friends on your tour?Please CALL US.
Kids love our tours! If there are kids in your party please call us to find out if they can fit with you in a sled or if you have to consider the option below.
XLARGE SLED - Our X-LARGE Sled can accommodate up to 400 lbs passenger weight. Available when schedules and conditions allow. Because certain consideration for which dogs are required, there is an additional charge for this service.
SPLIT TOUR- To any tour you can add a SPLIT, meaning we split the sled ride so all the members of your party can take turns. Additional ride time is added so all of you can enjoy a thrilling ride. For ex. on a regular Beta tour ride time is 40 min, but when you add a SPLIT the ride becomes TWO 25 to 30 min rides. Maximum 6 family or friends splitting two ride times per sled.
You can also purchase another tour and have 2 sleds so your family and friends can all enjoy the full tour together!
Large Group Tours -We offer large group experiences for schools, scouts, and tour groups. Please call us to discuss your plans and needs and see our guidelines. $89 per person
VERMONT residents and active miltary can receive a 10% discount on any one of our magical dogsledding tours. BLACKOUT PERIODS MAY APPLY. VT ID required.
$50 additional Extra-Large Sled/
Bonus Ride The Runners Want to feel the rush of driving your own dog team? Then our Bonus Ride the Runners is for you and can be added to the end of any tour. A once in a lifetime mushing experience! Includes 5 min of brief instruction and 10 min driving your team with our professional guide. We also offer full lessons!
Kennel Tour Want to learn about dogsledding & mushing, but your not so keen on the sled ride? The Kennel Tour is for you! Come and see how Jim Blair raises the UN-Chained Gang to be fast sled dogs who love to run, but who are also healthy, friendly, and sociable. See how the dogs interact within a pack dynamic and how this sixth generation has evolved to display a collective Canine Consciousness.
up to 4 people
Ride The Runners Lessons You don't want to just ride in the sled-you want to ride the runners and learn how to drive your own dog team and control the sled! Get a 2 1/2 hr lesson from Jim Blair, an international sprint racing champion who has years of experience. CLICK HERE for more details.
1 LESSON-A beginner lesson or an advanced lesson dependant on your skill level, $495 for 1 person, add $25 for additional person for a shared lesson (2 person MAX, 1 sled will be shared)
2 LESSON VALUE PACKAGE-2 Lessons for a discount price of $895(save $100)! Get you beginner lesson and your advanced lesson, or 2 people can share and get 1 separate lesson each.
4 LESSON VALUE PACKAGE-Four lessons for the great price of $1595(save $)! This is a great value for families or couples who want to learn to mush and who want their own lesson with an instructor's undivided attention.
Junior Ride the Runners Lessons For the prospective musher this tour gives a young person the opportunity to learn to drive a 4 sled dog team along with an experienced guide on your sled! We offer lessons for ages 12-18. Kids will be considered on a case by case basis. CLICK HERE for more details.
$495Lesson, plus $25 for addtional person
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DOGSLEDDING RESERVATION/CANCELLATION POLICY
Reservations are necessary. During busy holiday and vacation periods early booking is encouraged.
A credit card number is due upon booking a tour or lesson. If a tour is not cancelled with more than 24 hours notice a 50% cancellation fee of that tour price will be charged to your credit card.
We run tours in all types of weather! In the event of extreme weather we reserve the right to alter your tour for your comfort.
We accept all Major Credit Cards and Traveler's Checks. 5% discount offered for cash payments.
Tour times are every day at 10:15 am; 12:30 and 3:00 November - February, and 10:15 am, 12:30, and 3:30 March -April(see Summer Tours). Evenings and other times by special appointment. Reservations required.
WHAT TO BRING:
Warm Clothes; socks, boots, mittens, scarves, hats, goggles - we do supply hand and toe warmers and have extra goggles if you do not have them or forget. Do bring your cameras and extra batteries and media cards as the number one complaint we get from our guests is that they wished they could have taken more pictures!
What to Expect of our UN-CHAINED GANG TOUR:
The ultimate dog sledding experience! This is one of our largest, most popular and educational tours. You will arrive and park in our designated parking area. Bring your goggles, hats, gloves, boots and warmer clothes to our heated, finished Barn and Learning Center.
For the Premium tour you can expect to be visiting with us for 2 1/2 plus hours. The first part of your tour is about an hour of meeting the dogs, learning about the sport of dog sledding, the roles each dog plays on the team, the care and breeding of our amazing dogs, our distinctive ethical and humane dog husbandry and the various dog powered sports that people participate in. You will be able to ask questions, get on a sled to see how it handles and take lots of pictures as you interact with our dogs. Next you learn to harness and help to hitch the team to the sled.
The second part of your tour is spent on our wonderful, specially engineered trails that are kept well groomed for your fun and safety. The long range views here are really spectacular. There are many opportunities to stop to take pictures. At the end of the ride time there will be the oportunity to drive the sled with your musher as passenger. Afterward you can give treats to your canine friends as a reward for the adventure they have just given you - and take more pictures!
The last part of your tour is spent back in the warmth of our learning center. At your request, children receive a colorful Certificate, signed by their musher, this is great for framing and taking to show and tell. We offer hot beverages and cookies while relaxing by the woodstove. A slide show of our huge photo collection is playing on the large screen television and we will answer any further questions that you might have. You may wish to use our changing rooms so that you can go on to a meal in one of the fine area eateries or restaurants. Call 802-635-9070 for any questions that you may have!
What to Expect of our Alpha Split Tour:
The split tour is the same as the Premium - Standard tour as far as the fun, dog centered, educational component for the first hour. The difference is that when you have more than two passengers, and do not wish to book two sleds, we allow your family or group to split the second hour and share ride time with two 30 minute rides. This is accomplished by having some members of your tour start the ride with the dogs for the first half of the tour. The rest of your group accompanies a guide who takes you to a scenic portion of the trail where the dogs and musher will stop so that you can exchange places and take the rest of the tour. Our guests find that this is a way that family and/or two couples can both have the great experience of our dogs and our scenic ride in the midst of three thousand acres of wilderness at a lower cost than booking two sleds. Please note: Booking two or more sleds is fun also because it means that your group will go out together and each member will enjoy a full hour tour with the dogs! Please call 802-635-9070 to answer any questions you may have!
Alpha Tour - Harness, Hitch and Hit The Trail Option:
Our most popular tour is 2 hours long and for people who want to experience our wonderful, loving dogs and a great sled dog adventure at our pristine and scenic retreat but not have the extensive educational information of the UnChained Gang Tour. It is also great for families with small children who are not yet old enough to appreciate the educational component that we try to offer here but can still thrill to the ride. You get to meet the dogs, harness and hitch them and then go for a 50-55 minute sled ride on our beautiful trails - we simply remove part of the educational component of the first hour. After your ride and feeding the dogs their cookie treats, you are welcome in our wood stove heated lounge to sip hot beverages and munch cookies.
Beta Standard Tour - Harness, Hitch and Hit The Trail - Split Tour Option:
The split tour is 2 hours long and accommodates a family or group who cannot fit in one sled and do not want to book two sleds. The rest of your group accompanies a guide who takes you to a scenic portion of the trail where the dogs and musher will stop so that you can exchange places and take the rest of the tour. When the dogs come by they will stop to let you trade places. Each half of your group will be receiving a ride of 25 to 30 minutes - it is a fun packed and a memorable experience. Afterward you can reward the dogs with treats and then warm up in our wood stove heated lounge while enjoying a hot beverage.
Lessons are available only Monday thru Thursday. Please inquire.
Ride the Runners Lessons:
Come and feel the adrenaline rush of driving your own dog team! Our facility is unique in its ability to offer this lifetime experience. Your first lesson is an orientation of how a dog team is put together, the role each dog plays on the team, driving tips and how the sled functions. You will ride in the sled and get a sense of the trails' terrain, the speed of the dog team and the feel of the sled. During that lesson you will have an opportunity to ride the runners with your experienced guide. If there are two people you will share this experience together with one sled dog team and one guide. On the second lesson we will give you your own team to drive with the background you gained in your first day's experience, with your guide riding as passenger in the sled giving you instruction and helping you to gain confidence. No extra guests are allowed to ride in sleds driven by our students. Each lesson is up to 2 1/2 hours long and includes 1 hr sled time, plus personal intruction, harnessing & hitching, and watering of your team. The two lesson series may be done on consecutive days, or on a single day with a mid-day break for lunch (lunch is not provided, please provide your own meal).
Junior Ride the Runners Lesson #1 (Ages 12 to 15):
For the prospective musher this tour gives a young person the opportunity to learn to drive a 4 sled dog team along with an experienced guide on your sled! We start with an orientation, then you meet and learn to harness and hitch your team. The next 30 minutes to an hour will be spent on our trails with you driving your team. Lesson includes sled driving instructions, harnessing dogs, hitching to the sled, mushing on the trail, afterwards watering, un-harnessing and tossing out dog treats. Each Junior Musher receives a certificate of achievement!
Advanced Junior Ride the Runners Lesson #2 (Ages 12 to 15):
Same as the Junior Ride the Runners experience but includes our longer intermediate trail system lasting between 1 to 1 ½ hours. A higher level of fitness and strength are important for this adventure. Also includes information on care, feeding and training. Each Junior Musher receives a certificate of achievement!
OUR COVETED LOVE OF OUR SLED DOGS DONATION TOUR! ($1,000 for 2 people) For those of you who love sled dogs and sledding and want to give that thrill to others. After deducting the cost of the Un-Chained Gang Tour center where we are providing ethical dog care - your donation will go towards providing underpriveledged Vermont children the experience of a lifetime.
Your tour begins with meeting your 10 dog team, learning about the UN-Chained Gang's unique husbandry, harnessing and hitching them to the sled and proceeding on the tour of our magical trails! Afterward we will water dogs, thank them with treats and put them away in their yards! Don't worry, we won't ask you to clean the dog yard or scoop poop!
We will discuss with you how your donation might to be applied. Currently we support SledDogWatchDog.com dedicated to bring awareness to the public of abuses at all levels of the sled dog racing and commercial tour industry; and we are building towards founding a non-profit that will support research into dog consciousness, how pack raised/human raised dogs differ from traditionally raised dogs in their ability to interact with humans and aid in supporting challenged adults and children; legislation to specify ethical dog care at all sled dog facilities and kennels; public awareness campaign. Come have fun and make a difference! (Please Note: We welcome donations at all levels - whether or not you come to visit the dogs and take a tour! Please support the Facebook page, HugASledDogToday! and show your support by writing legislators, resorts and tourism boards to let them know that you will only support Ethical Sled Dog Care.
Please get DIRECTIONS from our website or call us at 802-635-9070 if you have questions. DO NOT use GPS or MAPQUEST as they can send you down seasonal roads. CELL PHONES DO NOT WORK in our area so please inform yourself beforehand.
More Questions? - Please call 802-635-9070 or Toll Free 866-635-9070. Please note: we are always busy with doggie chores. It is often easier to get an immediate response from us on the phone.