My daughter asked me for an adventure for Christmas and we went to Wintergreen for dogsledding. We've been home for 3 days and I can't stop thinking or talking about the trip. When I think of the memories we made I just smile. Our guides, Max, Jacob and Goose we're fantastic. They truly enjoy their jobs and made it special for all of us. They are engaging, knowledgable and so much fun. All 3 guys are remarkable people. Thank you guys! The dogs stole the show. I actually looked forward to feeding them at 7:30 am in -15 weather. Hearing their barking and howling as we walked toward them was heartwarming. Lena and Ole, xoxo. It was an honor to meet Paul and Susan Schurke the owners. What amazing things they have accomplished in their lives. I just finished Paul's book, "Bering Bridge." The man was part of bringing down the Ice Wall! Lastly the friendships we made with our fellow sledders was so special. It's a bond we will all share, forever!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- For 30 years, Wintergreen has provided 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 French chef. Open to all ages, no experience needed, clothing & boots available. 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 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 a dogteam on wilderness trails each day accompanied by our guides & naturalists. Each evening you'll enjoy great northwoods cabins and great meals. 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 two nights at Wintergreen learning dogsledding, snowshoeing, skiing and winter camping skills. Then with our guides you'll enjoy a 3-day, 2-night trek exploring the boundary wilderness -- capped off with a final festive evening back at Wintergreen. 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 1- to 2-week 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 Paul Schurke. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Wintergreen Dogsled Hotel Ely