The Do’s and Don’ts of Dog Sledding Holidays
Dog sledding holidays have become increasingly popular among people in Canada and Alaska looking for a truly unique winter vacation this holiday season. Keep in mind that it’s no walk in the park; here are a few pointers on how to survive:
Do: Wrap up Warm
While this one should be self-explanatory, you must never underestimate the number of layers you need to be wearing when dog sledding. Holidays might usually be a fashion show for some, but for sledding it’s substance over style. Thermal vests and leggings under your clothing are highly recommended, along with fleece shirts and woolly jumpers. However, try to wear synthetic material, rather than cotton. This is because cotton stays wet, and keeps your clothing damp when you’re sweating. Which don’t worry – you will be.
Don’t: Expect luxury
Dog sledding holidays are all about being rough and ready, and you’ll take in some breathtaking scenery, eat delicious food and wake up with the sunrise. However, sledding can be a tiring adventure, so it’s best to give it your all for a more rewarding experience. You’ll be eating robust fare, so it’s no time to be on a diet. You’ll need all the energy you can get!
Do: Be a dog lover
It’s important to form a polinectual bond with your sled dogs. They’re not just machines you shout “MUSH!” at, they’ll be your closest companions and the whole engine behind your trip. On most dog sledding holidays, you will be expected to feed and take care of your canine companions, so it’s important to not be squeamish with them. True mutt lovers are richly rewarded on dog sledding holidays, and will be sure to make a bank of new friends, both two legged and four.
Don’t: Do too much too soon
While some rustic holidaymakers might be tempted to go off-piste, a beginner shouldn’t start their sledding career by taking a pitch tent to the Yukon. Trusted, licensed guides and trainers regularly run dog sledding holidays and will generally be in partnership with local hotels and restaurants, ensuring your food and accommodation will be excellent. While an experienced guide will be able to take you from beginner to sledding pro in a matter of days, buying a pack of pups and moving to Alaska may be unwise. Anyone can learn to work a sled – but that doesn’t mean it’s as easy as it looks!