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Winter Woods Dog Sled Tours
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Dog Sledding in Montana's Winter Wonderland

What a great season!  We are booked though March 11th.

TOURS FOR TWO!                                                                                                                               We have found that taking out TWO people works the best for us and our small kennel of  Alaskan Huskies (or a family of four with children over 10 and under 18). We are a "mom and pop" tour business/racing kennel; not a big commercial business, and we have found that we are limited to what we can offer for our tours.  Along that line, we also have to have a weight limit for our clients of 250 pounds per sled.

We have been training and racing sled dogs for over 30 years and we are now in our tenth season of offering sled dog tours. Tours are geared toward active, outdoor enthusiasts who want to do more than just go for a ride on a sled. You need to be in good physical shape to help drive the team! 

 **We are only open on the weekends because we both have other full-time jobs, therefore, reservations are limited.

 ***We only accept cash or local checks. We charge $90.00 per person

** Please read through the entire site to find out more about our unique dog sled tours.

 

 
Here is Butch doing what he LOVES to do! He is racing his team at the West Yellowstone Dog Sled Race (2013). Speedy and Detour are in lead.
Here is the handmade sled Butch built especially for our tours. One client sits all warm and cozy in the sled bag, while another client can stand on the runners behind one of us. (check out the next picture)
Butch and two clients getting ready to leave the dog yard. One of the clients is in the sled and the other client is behind Butch on the sled.
Nanook and Glacier. Happy dogs who have just returned from taking two clients out for a ride.
Look for our mailbox to turn onto our driveway.
Our kennel on a snowy evening.
Hooking the dogs up in our dog yard. Getting ready to take some clients out.
Out on the trail on a beautiful sunny day!
Our main man-Luke. He's a lead dog and the father of many of the pups in our kennel. You can tell that he loves what he does!
This is Nikolai. He is one of our main wheel dogs (the ones that run right in front of the sled).
Ghost would be happy to take you on a tour!
Colleen and Rachel from California celebrating after having a wonderful ride with us! They were so much fun!
Guests petting the dogs after the tour. You are welcome to spend time getting to know the dogs that were on your team when we return to the dog yard. :)
Getting ready to head out of the dog yard for a full moon dog sled tour!
Out on the trail on a full moon night.
Welcome to Winter Woods!
This is Abby and our dog, Logan.  Abby has taken a tour the last two Christmas Eves and is signed up for Christmas Eve 2018!  We love returning customers!
 
More About this Guided Adventure

Butch has built some awesome "double-driver" sleds that allows for one guest to stand on the runners of the sled behind a seasoned musher. While on the tour, we sit down and it feels like the client is the musher of the team! It is so fun!



DRESS APPROPRIATELY for cold weather and dog paws since you will be actively involved with the team! Winter boots, hats, gloves,warm socks, and don't forget the long underwear!

Types of Trips Offered

Our tours take you out of our dog yard onto the winding, quiet trails of the Stillwater State Forest. Plan on experiencing what it feels like to run your own dog sled team while we travel these trails with our four-pawed friends who love to go, go, go! You will need to set aside approximately two hours of your day to spend with us and our 29 awesome sled dogs.

When you first arrive, you will spend some time learning about being on a sled and how to assist in "driving" the sled to help us up the hills and around the corners of the trail. Then we will be off on a 40-50 minute adventure through the snow covered trails .

We guarantee you will be smiling when you return to the dog yard! You will then be able to spend some time with your team and take pictures with them.

Hot chocolate, hot apple cider, coffee, and cookies will be offered after the tour.

Appropriate Ages for Participants

We love taking out adults and children ages 10 and older who are physically fit and will enjoy the challenge of helping to drive a dog team.

Skill Level Required

People need to be in good physical shape to take our tours. It is like riding a bike or cross-country skiing, you need balance and strength to do it-when the terrain is flat, you can cruise, but when there is a hill or twists and turns in the trail, you have to work harder. Our clients need to be able to help us drive the sled through those twists and turns in the trail.

Restrictions

Due to some parts of the trail that require effort to work through and the length of our tour (little ones get cold fast!), we don't take out children under the age of 10.

As stated in the beginning paragraphs, we also have a limit on the weight of our clients. We can carry a maximum of 250 pounds per sled and we only have two sleds.

Fees

Cost: $90.00 per person. Cash or local checks only, please.

Certifications and Memberships

Butch has won the "Race To The Sky 350 mile Dog Sled Race"-TWICE! and the Seeley Lake 100." He has won the "Best Cared For Team Award" numerous times. He is very experienced and loves what he does.

2009: Sara took third place in a local race called "Flathead Sled Dog Days" and won "Best Cared-For Team" award!

2010: Sara won the 6-8 dog class in the Flathead Sled Dog Days race on January 8th and 9th!

2011: Sara took 9th place and Butch took 12th place in the Flathead Sled Dog Race. (He gave me the fastest dogs because he knows I like to win!)

2012: Sara took third place and Butch took eleventh place in the Flathead Sled Dog Race. (Again, Butch purposely gave me the fast dogs! :)

Some Guest Comments

"What an amazing experience. I am so glad we came. Awesome time!" Tracy Lee -California

"Tons of fun! Thanks a lot!" Kris Myhre, Lewiston,MT

"Butch and Sara are down to earth, friendly people who make you feel at home! Great trip and great dogs. Do not go anywhere else!" Ken Maload, Los Vegas, Nevada

"We had the best time! We will be back again!" Katja and Arndt from Eureka,Mt and Germany

"This experience was much better than the dog sled ride I took in Norway.  It was fun being actively involved with running the team instead of just sitting in a sled!"  Cassie Fussner, Tri Cities, Washington (2014)

 

More Information
406-862-7232
OPEN:

The season starts in December - weather and trail conditions permitting! THINK SNOW!

Winter Woods depends on weather conditions and reserves the right to cancel any ride if the conditions aren't just right for the safety of the clients and dogs.

Winter Woods Dog Sled Tours can be reached by phone at 406-862-7232 or by email at bsparr@centurytel.net.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS:

WINTER WOODS DOG SLED TOURS is located 13 miles west of Whitefish and we will give you easy to follow directions when you call or email. You can also look at the map offered on this page to get an idea of the location.

NOTE: WINTER WOODS IS NOT LOCATED AT 242 LUPFER AVENUE IN TOWN. DO NOT FOLLOW THE MAP YOU FIND ON SOME OF THE WEBSITES THAT COME UP WHEN YOU ARE LOOKING FOR WINTER WOOD DOG SLED TOURS!

Address:

P.O. Box 1654 , Whitefish, MT 59937

Location:
Latitude: 48.490028000
Longitude: -114.513116000
 
 
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