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 through our 140 acre pristine dog sanctuary, located amidst 3,000 acres of beautiful Vermont wildnerness. Return and relax with hot chocolate and snacks by the wood stove.
The UN-Chained Gang of 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!
DOGSLEDDING RESERVATION/CANCELLATION POLICY
Reservations are necessary. During busy holiday and vacation periods early booking is encouraged.
We accept Visa, Mastercard, Traveler's Checks, and offer a %5 discount for cash.
Tour times are every day at 10:00 am; 12:30 and 3:00 November - February, and 10:00am, 12:30, and 3:30 March -April. 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!
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.
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 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!
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 Alpha 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 45 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.
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 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.
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. If there are two people each of you will have your own experienced guide and dog 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).
For the prospective musher this tour gives a young person the opportunity to learn to drive a 4-6 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!
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.
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