How many dogs pull the cart and how many people will be riding; may I drive the cart?
At Sheep Creek, a team of 10 – 12 sled dogs pull a single cart, carrying up to six guests and dedicated Musher-Handler Team, standing in the back of the cart, steering and operating the braking system. With the inclusion of wheels, dryand cart-mushing requires a diligent eye and constant braking, safely executed with the two-person Musher-Handler Team. With safety paramount, we only allow the trained Musher-Handler Team control of the cart, allowing for our guests to take in the beauty of Sheep Creek Valley and the agility and determination of the world class athletes powering the journey.
In Skagway, at the Alaskan Sled Dog Demonstration and 40 Below Experience, 4-6 dogs pull a traditional sled modified with wheels to demonstrate the vigor of racing. You will have the opportunity to stand on the race runners, inspect the sled and meet the dogs while observing the team in action.
Will there be puppies?
While we hopte there will be, we do not guarantee puppies as they are the product of a natural process and one that we do not promote unless Musher's have them planned in their individual kennel plans.
Alright, what is this 40 Below Experience you keep mentioning?
Conceived of by 7-time Iditarod Finisher Matt Hayashida, the 40 Below Experience is a controlled environment maintained at 40 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. While developing the Alaskan Sled Dog Demonstration, the one thing he felt compelled to relate was the psychological toll of the cold. He felt that people would be able to relate to the sled and the dogs because they were tangible and in front of them. "People have experienced cold, they remember the chill on their face but most people have not experienced severe cold, the temperatures faced on the trail of the Iditarod and Yukon Quest, that's what I want people to feel, how do we do that?" The result is the 40 Below Experience, where you have the opportunity to see how long you can last at 40 below, or simply watch as others exit to the delight of warmer environs.