Dog sledding is the act of pulling a sled by 1 or more dogs – typically Siberian Huskies or Alaskan Malamutes, although other dogs are used including Alaskan Huskies and you may even see hounds in races.
Sled dogs generally can pull their own weight, so a typical team of 8 dogs can happily pull between 360 to over 500 pounds. They love to run and pull and can do so all day with proper conditioning. The dogs can climb steep hills and zip through twisty wooded trails – which is the essence of a dog sled tour. Sled dogs are very healthy and live long lives, and can work until they are 12 or older. Peak athletes are between 3 and 8 years old.
Dog sledding is a popular activity in New England. Whether you are a serious enthusiast or simply looking to try something new, there are many opportunities for recreational dog sledding. Most simply allow you to go out and ride in a sled while an experienced musher drives the team of dogs. In some instances, you may be allowed to mush under supervision. These rides can last from a little as a half an hour, to multi-day adventures.
There are also many sled dog races held in New England in the winter months.
Following you will find listings for sled dog clubs, sled dog races, and sled dog companies that offer dogsledding adventures of varying lengths.
New England Sled Dog Clubs
- Down East Sled Dog Club, Maine
- Lakes Region Sled Dog Club, New Hampshire
- Maine Highlands Sled Dog Club, Maine
- Narragansett Bay Sled Dog Club, Massachusetts & Rhode Island
- New England Sled Dog Club (NESDC)
New England Sled Dog Races
- Burke Mountain Sled Dog Dash, East Burke, VT – Skijoring, 1 (junior), 3 (junior), 4, 6 and 8 dog class racing events.
- Can-AM Crown International Sled Dog Races, Fort Kent, Maine – A series of 3 races: 30, 60, and 250 miles. The races are held in early March. The Can-AM Crown International Sled Dog Races were first run in 1993
- Laconia World Championship Sled Dog Derby, Laconia, New Hampshire – Three days of races. This even has been held since 1929 making it New England’s longest running dog sledding event.
- Plum Creek Wilderness Sled Dog Race, Greenville Maine – A 30 and a 100 mile race held in early February. This race was first held in 2006.
New England Sled Dog Adventure Companies
Maine Sled Dog Adventure Companies
Maine Dogsledding Adventures – Offers half-day and full-day tours as well as a 2-day trip package. Contact them at:
Maine Dogsledding Adventures
Millinocket, Maine 04462
Mahoosuc Guide Service – Offers day-trips, weekend overnights, 3-day weekend trips, and 4 to 6 day trips. Contact them at:
Mahoosuc Guide Service
1513 Bear River Road
Mornington Crescent Sled Dogs – Offers half-day and full day tours as well as custom options. Contact them at:
Mornington Crescent Sled Dogs
103 Patte Brook Road
Albany Township, ME 04217
New England Dogsledding – Located in the White Mountain National Forest on the Maine, New Hampshire Border. They offer training packages as well as rides and forest tours. The can be found at:
New England Dogsledding
591 Kings Highway
Mason Township, ME 04217
Song in the Woods – Offers short day trips, full day trips, and 3+ day trips. Contact them at:
Song in the Woods
Abbot, Maine 04406
Massachusetts Sled Dog Adventure Companies
Hilltown Wilderness Adventures – Offer sled dog rides as well as a Skijoring and sled dog school.
Hilltown Wilderness Adventures
West Chesterfield, MA 01084
Phone: 413-296-0187 or 888-853-0548
Northern Exposure Outfitters – Offer sled dog tours and lessons as well as fall and spring no-snow sledding. Contact them at:
Northern Exposure Outfitters
52 Longhill Road
Brookfield, MA 01506
New Hampshire Sled Dog Adventure Companies
Barking Brook Sled Dog Adventures – Offers cart rides in the fall and tours of various lengths in the winter. Many thanks to Barking Brook for their edits and suggestions for this article. They tell us that they have some of the most handsome and friendly dogs around and invite you to come take a ride with them. Contact them at:
Barking Brook Sled Dog Adventures
Bridgewater, NH 03222
Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel– Offers dog sled tours, clinics, rolling dogsledding, and an overnight “Mush-Inn” dogsled ride. Contact them at:
Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel
32 Valley Road
Jefferson, NH 03583
White Mountain Sled Dog Adventures – Offers half-day and full-day trips. Contact them at:
White Mountain Sled Dog Adventures
Whitefield, NH 03598
Vermont Sled Dog Sledding Companies
Eden Dogsledding & Dog Sledding on Wheels – Offers educational sledding adventures all four seasons – Spring, Summer, Winter, and Fall! Contact them at:
Eden Dogsledding & Dog Sledding on Wheels
Eden Mills, VT
HuskyWorks Mushing Company – Offers two-hour single- or double-sled guided tours. Contact them at:
HuskyWorks Mushing Company
West Wardsboro, VT
Montgomery Adventures Mt. Haven Sled Dogs – Offers rides, and overnight, and 2-night dogsledding adventures. Contact them at:
Montgomery Adventures Mt. Haven Sled Dogs
262 Deep Gibou Road
Montgomery Center, VT 05471
October Siberians – Offers day and night tours of Little River State Park Tour in Waterbury Vermont. Contact them at:
1088 Texas Hill
Hinesburg, VT 05461
Peace Pups Dogsledding – Offers day tours, and lessons. Contact them at:
Peace Pups Dogsledding
Lake Elmore, VT 05657
Umiak Outdoor Outfitters – Offer 20 minute tours in Stowe and 2 hour tours at Little River State Park in Waterbury. Contact them at:
Umiak Outdoor Outfitters
849 S Main Street
Stowe, VT 05672
Acknowledgments: Thank you to Barking Brook Sled Dog Adventures for their suggestions for improving this article.