The cold continues across the state with temperatures forecasted over the next seven days to not reach above 24 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The lasting chill is good news for dog sledding businesses across Vermont, and tickets to these events are selling out quickly.
It goes without saying that those planning on mushing will need to dress warm, as sled rides can last anywhere between 15 minutes to two hours. On its website, Umiak recommends wearing a face mask and goggles in addition to the usual layers of coats and scarves.
Each sled has a weight limit, so each member of a party will need to know their weight in order to ensure a safe ride.
Wearing the appropriate wardrobe and making a reservation in advance is all Vermonters will need to do to prepare for a sledding excursion.
Here's where you can plan your sledding excursions, what they will cost, and how to prepare:
Umiak Outdoor Outfitters
Located in the Mad River Valley town of Moretown, Umiak offers a 1.5-hour sled dog program through the backcountry of Vermont with a team of Siberian Huskies. The cost is $399 per sled. Umiak deems the experience an "informational adventure," as the team of mushers share their experience with the riders.
Husky Works Mushing Company
The dog sledding at Husky Works Mushing Company gives riders a personal introduction to the animals that will be pulling their sled and an inside look at how mushing works. Prices range from $340 to $650, depending on the number of passengers and sleds.
October Siberians offers "an interactive experience of driving the sled," according to its website. The sleds are designed for two drivers with the Mushers maintaining full control, so inexperienced drivers can make adjustments without worrying about steering off course or crashing the sled. Tours are located at Little River State Park in Waterbury and cost between $300 and $350.
Eden Ethical Dog Sled Sanctuary
There's no need to worry come snow melt if you haven't been able to book a spot yet because Eden offers dog sledding year-round with sleds that have wheels. The company prides itself on its "non-chaining, ethical dog care facilities" and is located at Eden Mills. The Beta tour option is $895.
Summer Sorg is a reporter for the Burlington Free Press. Contact her at email@example.com.
This article originally appeared on Burlington Free Press: Here's where to find dog sledding in Vermont; tickets are going fast