Lodge-Based Dogsled Vacations

4 Night (Best)

Our Best Lodging & Smallest Group Size

Our BEST dogsled vacations feature our BEST lodging option and smallest group size (4 registrants per trip). If you book with your spouse, friend or family member, the 2 of you will have a bedroom suite(s) on your own floor of a 2-story deluxe lakeshore cabin -- while 2 other guests have the other floor. If you book as a 4-some, you'll have your own private cabin, private guides and customized itinerary tailored exactly to your interests. (NOTE: In comparison, our "GOOD" trips accommodate about 8 guests, and our "BETTER" trips are limited to 6.)

  • Mush with your friend or spouse on our extra wide & stable 2-person sleds
  • 3 full days of guided dogsledding with options tailored to your interests
  • Lunch at our lodge where you'll arrive by dogsled for a kennel tour & buffet
  • Special welcoming dinner on your first evening & final "Musher's Graduation" morning
  • Option to extend your stay a day or two in same cabins at discount rates

Not the trip you are looking for? Try one of these options.

Ready to make a reservation? Give us a call (218) 349-6128 or register online.

2020-2021 Trip Dates

Check in 3-6 pm first day | Check out 9-12 am last day
NOTE: With a group of 4 or more, you can request any Dec-Mar time-frame for your own private trip.

Sun Dec 20–Thur Dec 24 $1975
Wed Dec 23-Sun Dec 27 $1975
Mon Dec 28–Fri Jan 1 $2075

Wed Jan 6-Sun Jan 10 $1875
Thur Jan 14-Mon Jan 18 MLK Day $1975
Wed Jan 20-Sun Jan 24 $1875
Wed Jan 27-Sun Jan 31 $1875

Wed Feb 3-Sun Feb 7 $1875
Thur Feb 11-Mon Feb 15 PRES DAY $1975
Wed Feb 17–Sun Feb 21 $1875
Wed Feb 24-Sun Feb 28 $1875

Wed Mar 3–Sun Mar 7 $1875
Wed Mar 10–Sun Mar 14 $1875
Wed Mar 17-Sun Mar 21 $1775*

Package rates are all-inclusive, per adult in double rooms. Contact us regarding youth rates & single private room options.

*Early & late season trips are discounted to reflect discounted lodging rates.

Lodging

Depending upon trip dates, each pair of guests will stay in their own private lakeshore log cabins at Timber Trail Lodge OR Timber Trail's new luxury lakeshore retreats in which each pair of guests will have their own floor with private bedroom suite and full bath. All lodging options feature dining and living room with fireplace and lakeshore view.

Meals

Dinners are prepared by Wintergreen's chef and served at your cabin. Guest are welcome to bring their own wine as they choose. We are more than happy to accomodate any dietary requests. The itinerary often includes a special indoor lunch at Wintergreen where you'll arrive by dogteam and enjoy a kennel tour. Breakfasts are specially prepared in your cabin by your guide to your taste.

Guest Profile

Last year, nearly half of our these trips were booked by pairs of couples or family groups as their own private, custom dogsled vacations. On the other trips, 80% of the guests came as couples (ave. age 42), 20% as pairs of friends. While mealtimes are social, these trips offer couples time to themselves mornings/evenings as they choose in their private suites or cabins.

Sample Itinerary (may vary with trip dates)

DAY 1: Arrive in Ely early afternoon by car or airport taxi shuttle. Stop at Wintergreen store for any rental clothing needs, continue to your lodge for check-in and site tour. Meet your guide & sled dogs. Welcoming dinner at 6 pm followed by trip orientation session and clothing check.

DAY 2: Sunrise kennel care (optional) followed by breakfast and "Dogsledding 101" training. The big moment arrives as your guide helps you launch your team and accompanies you on a dogsled training trip. Midday lunch in the lodge, skills review, extended rest break. Afternoon dogsled trip. Return to lodge 4-5 pm. Treat & water your dogs. R&R. Dinner. Optional socializing around the fireplace.

DAY 3: Kennel care & breakfast. Depart on a full day of mushing with trailside campfire lunch and rest stops at scenic sites. Your Wintergreen guide accompanies you on skis, providing tune-up tips on your mushing skills and sharing natural history info along the route. Return to the lodge late afternoon. Treat & water your dogs. Optional skiing/snowshoeing or R&R. 6 pm dinner. Optional evening activates include Finnish-style sauna, campfire gathering, fireplace stories, and/or 'film fest' to view the National Geographic documentaries on Wintergreen adventures.

DAY 4: Now that you "know the ropes," the guide will plan the day based upon your interests -- choose between easy or challenging trails and a longer or shorter routes. Scenic stops might include the ice caves, the Murphys Falls overlook, the river bluff, the old-growth forest and you may opt to include time for skiing/snowshoeing or to try "ski-jouring" (being towed on skis by a sled dog). Return to your cabin mid to late afternoon (or earlier if one or both pairs of guests would like more R&R in their cabin). Dog treats. Celebration dinner. Time to yourselves or optional evening activities which include (depending upon trip dates) "What's For Dinner?" program at the International Wolf Center to observe the wolves feeding or fireside arctic stories with Wintergreen director Paul Schurke.

DAY 5: Kennel care (optional), "bon voyage" breakfast buffet, "Mushers Graduation" event, kennel visit to bid your dogs adieu, check-out mid to late morning (or earlier if your travel plans require). OR if you'd like to extend your stay an extra day or two, we can often arrange for you to continue the same lodging at discount rates. If you weren't able to visit Ely's International Wolf Center (www.wolf.org) or North American Bear Center (www.bear.org) during their winter hours (Fri/Sat 10-5) before your dogsled trip, we can sometimes arrange a special visit to the wolf viewing area or bear exhibits on your check-out day.