Dog sledding has always been something that has fascinated me. It all goes back to when I was a kid and the movie Iron Will came out. My brother and I have probably seen it at least 100 times
So when the chance to take the kids dog sledding came up, we jumped on it (that is after I jumped up and down and screamed and hollered for a few minutes).
Sadly, when I tried to explain to my kids what dog sledding was, they had no idea what I was talking about – what a bad mom I am! This was quickly remedied by a suggestion from Andrew that we have one last treehouse movie night…in January! So we did what any good parents would do. We dressed them like they were skiing in the Arctic, gave everyone a few extra blankets and then told them how lucky they were that we would let them watch a movie in the treehouse in the middle of a Colorado winter (thankfully they bought the whole thing).
We may or may not have hyped this up so much, that everyone was convinced that this would be the highlight of our trip to Snow Mountain Ranch!
Sadly when we got there, we were greeted with 2 feet of snow which is awesome for a ski day but bad for a dog sledding day. It makes the sleds less stable and more tippy, so after taking one look at me and my bulging belly they suggested I not ride. After puling Andrew aside and making him promise to take me on a long dog sledding trip in a few years, we pushed on.
The kids were instantly fascinated by these little dogs and their strength as we got to learn about what to do, and were introduced to the dogs. We were going out on a double driver sled which means that the kids sat on the sled with the driver behind them, and then there was another stand behind the driver for Andrew to stand on. This was the perfect set-up for everyone since the driver was really in control (and closest to the kids in case of a problem), but Andrew still got to be at the back so he could run and feel like he was in charge too!
To say that these dogs like to run is a serious understatement. While we were loading up, they were jumping and pulling like crazy. As soon as they lifted the brake, the sled rocketed forward, shooting them from stopped to full speed in just a few seconds. Right about then I swallowed my pride and admitted to myself that it was probably a good thing I didn’t go since I saw how fast it all went!
On the ride the kids got a real taste of sledding as they got to not only shout encouragement to the dogs, but also give them directions where to go. The littlest and I got to sit by the fire and watch as we occasionally caught blurs of them racing across the mountain.
Although they were only gone about 20 minutes, it was the perfect length for our young family. The kids came back with giant, ice-covered smiles, and talked about it non-stop for days.
Was it everything we dreamed it would be, and did it live up to all our hype? Absolutely! Now we’re just going to have to keep taking them since they have all fallen in love with mushing and can’t wait for a chance to go again!
Rides available on Thursday and Saturday mornings
$25 for a single rider or $40 for a double for resort guests or YMCA members
$65 for a single rider or $120 for a double for non guests
This was much cheaper than I ever anticipated! Our advice? For just a little more money, you can stay at the resort for a couple of days, so get your moneys worth and make a weekend out of it!