When winter arrives and snow blankets the meadows of Hope Valley, every now and then the faint baying of huskies can be heard echoing among the peaks as dog sledders set out to explore the pristine landscape. It's an event many don't expect to hear or see - a team of sled dogs churning through the powder, bent forward, driving with all their strength. And behind them a musher, calling out her cues to guide her team.
Dog sled rides are available at both Hope Valley and Squaw Valley.
Husky Express Dog Sled Tours offers sled rides for anyone who wants to experience the beauty of the winter landscape and the thrill of dog sledding. 25-year veteran mushers David Beck and Dotty Dennis will take you on a tour of Hope Valley aboard their sled, behind a team of well-trained dogs. Tours last about an hour and cover 5 miles of beautiful countryside amid Sierra peaks.
The sled can carry a total load of 375 pounds (including gear), which usually adds up to two adults and one or two small children.
Fee: $250 (a box lunch for $10 can be added with advance notice)
For reservations call (775) 782-3047.
Husky Express Dog Sled Tours
Wilderness Advbentures offers one-hour dog sled tours of the Sierra Nevada around Lake Tahoe under the experienced guidance of musher Brian Maas. They have daytime and sunset tours available. Sleds can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children to a maximum weight of 500 pounds per sled. Wilderness Adventures has 5 sleds.
They are inn operation 7 days a week from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM as long as weather conditions are cooperating.
Fees range from $55 for children under 60 pounds on weekdays up to $125 for adults and children over 60 pounds on weekends.
For reservations call (530) 426-3840.
Wilderness Adventures Dog Sled Tours