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Address: 1101 Ringrock Road, Ely, MN
Phone Number: +1 218-365-6022
Description: Since 1987, Wintergreen has provided dogsled day trips, lodge-based dog...
Since 1987, Wintergreen has provided dogsled day trips, lodge-based dog sledding vacations and dogsled camping trips. Mush your own team of our friendly Canadian Eskimo dogs on beautiful northwoods trails with training by our expert guides. Lovely lakeshore lodging & fine meals by our top-rated chef. Open to all ages, no experience needed, warm clothing & boots available in all sizes. Youth, family & group discounts. Cited as "Best in the Business" by National Geographic Adventure. Mush a team of our friendly, beautiful Eskimo dogs in northern Minnesota's spectacular border country on guided vacation trips. You'll be in good hands: Wintergreen is the nation's only lodge devoted exclusively to dog sledding and it's directed by Paul Schurke, one of the nation's top winter skills experts. Winter is what we're all about. We do it very well! Wintergreen offers a dog sledding experience to suit all ages and interests: Our Lodge-based Dogsled Vacation Packages are suited for persons ages 8 to 80 and require no experience or gear. On these unique get-aways, you'll drive your own dogteam on wilderness trails each day accompanied by our guides & naturalists. Each evening you'll enjoy great northwoods cabins and hearty meals prepared by our top-rated chef. Offered in 3-or 4-night itineraries, standard or deluxe packages. Our Beginning Dogsled Camping Trips are 5-night comprehensive winter camping courses suited for complete beginners. You'll spend your first night at Wintergreen learning dogsledding, snowshoeing, skiing and winter camping skills. Then with our guides you'll enjoy a 4-day, 3-night trek exploring the Boundary Wilderness, capped off with a final festive evening in a lodge. Lots of learning and lots of fun! Our Advanced Camping Trips and our Arctic Treks get you deeper into the wilderness by dogsled, ski and snowshoe, and offer more in-depth skills instruction. These 6- to 12-day trips are suited for persons who've had previous summer or winter camping experience. They are truly outstanding adventures and they're often led by Wintergreen director & Adventurer-of-the-Year award winner Paul Schurke.
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Incredible trip! "Kid Friendly" is an understatement!

I planned this trip for my two young children and I. From the very first email response from Paul to my initial inquiry, I knew it would be good. BUT, I didn't know HOW good... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 10, 2015
Amy F
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

I planned this trip for my two young children and I. From the very first email response from Paul to my initial inquiry, I knew it would be good. BUT, I didn't know HOW good! Paul, Susan, Jerritt, Mark and Ingrid are some of the most kind people I've ever met. They are welcoming, easygoing and adventurous. I was a... More 

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Eagan, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Dear Sue and Paul, I visited you recently with the MN Zoo group. I wanted to give you both a huge thank you for the absolutely amazing experience we had with you and your sled dogs. My mom was the one in our group that chose not to go, but even still, you were so accommodating by allowing her to... More 

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San Luis Obispo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

I'm a California girl, not accustomed to cold weather. The idea of camping for three nights on a frozen lake in MN was intimidating at best, but I ended up having the most fun I've ever had. The dogs are amazing, the guides incredible, and the whole experience unlike any other. It is just magical to be pulled by dogs!... More 

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Fridley, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Suffice to say that Wintergreen is a premier purveyor of the dogsled experience. I want to tell a little of our experience to help you decide if you want to try this and to prepare you for the day. My wife and I are in our late 50's and while active and healthy, we do get tired after a day's... More 

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Andover, Minnesota
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5 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

After my first experience dog sledding in 2012 with Wolfsong out of Bayfield, WI, I was counting the hours until my next experience with Wintergreen in 2013. My friends and I signed up for the 1/2 day adventure, as costs were quite high for the longer trips. While the people were friendly, the organization and preparation was greatly disappointing. We... More 

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schurke, Owner at Wintergreen Dogsledding Lodge - Day Tours, responded to this review

We regret that this reviewer felt her Wintergreen experience didn't meet her expectations. Unfortunately she and her friends arrived at Wintergreen without a reservation on a day when our guides and dogteams were already fully booked. Upon her arrival, the reviewer mistakenly indicated to our guides that she was registered for a trip with us that day. In the spirit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

We just finished three nights with Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge and the experience exceeded our expectations. We traveled with our 13 year old son. We shared a five bedroom cabin with three other child/parent (grandparent) pairs with kids aged 7, 13 and 16. Our touring group also included one couple. The kids all worked together, encouraged one another and had a... More 

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Piedmont of NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

I enjoyed this adventure so much, I have been 4 times. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Wintergreen. Paul Schurke has a fantastic dogsledding lodge. The accommadations, the guides, the food, and the dogs cannot be topped anywhere. I would go every year if I lived closer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge is the real thing. Their Canadian Inuit dogs, born with the innate desire and love of pulling sleds, are super friendly and fun. With Wintergreen you are the musher. Their expert guides teach you how to handle the dogs and sled, how to stay warm in the snow, and most importantly how to enjoy and appreciate the... More 

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Minneapolis, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

I was lucky enough to take 2 different dogsledding trips with Wintergreen, thru a unique partnership they sometimes offer with "New Moon" magazine. 5 pairs of girls and a parent would stay in the lodge for 4 nights, and go out dogsledding every day. I went first with my oldest daughter, and then the next winter with my younger daughter.... More 

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