WATERVILLE VALLEY — The Valley Snow Dogz are slated to begin the mushing season at Waterville Valley on Friday, December 19. Valley Snow Dogz offers twilight dogsled rides on Friday and Saturday evenings all winter into March. Guests can join mushers and their friendly teams of traditional sled dogs for a unique tour by moonlight or headlight.
The Mountain Taster excursion starts at the base of Tripoli Road and travels to Osceola Vista for an experience of moonlight or headlight vistas followed by a fun downhill run back to the staging area. The experience is approximately 30-40 minutes, a portion of which is educational time at the staging area, and costs $65 per rider.
Each sled holds one person, with a maximum weight limit of 200 pounds. Participants must be at least 7 years old. Up to four sleds can be made available to go out on each run. Reservations are necessary, and available through the Town Square Condos front desk office. Gift certificates are available.
Valley Snow Dogz combines several local mushers and a combination of traditional Alaskan Huskies and Siberian Huskies. Leading the pack is Lidia Dale-Mesaros of Uktousa Sled Dogs, joined by Kim and Kelly Berg of Kelim Siberians. The trio have been running dogs together for 20 years, and Lidia has placed top third in New England dog sled races. Life with sled dogs means many hours each day dedicated to the dogs and basic kennel chores, as well as hours of training on the trails. The dogs are more than just trail companions; they are all house trained and obedience trained and enjoy activities outside of sledding.
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