Hard to tell who was more excited about our dogsled outing, us or the lovable & obviously well-loved, healthy, happy dogs at Alpine Adventures. Close to 100 dogs began howling shortly before we set out & some of the dogs were leaping up & down in their traces & rolling in the snow while waiting--they seem to love to pull! All of us had a turn both mushing and riding in the cozy sled, and our friendly guide E.J. (who rides in front of the sled on a snowmobile) explained everything thoroughly and made the experience a lot of fun. The 5-mile track is flat & so safe for all ages as long as you lean in to the turns so the sled doesn't tip, and you don't step off the brake bar before the "emergency brake" hooks are set into the snow by the guide, otherwise the dogs might take off w/the sled and passenger. (Though 9-year olds and up are allowed to mush we weren't sure our 10-year old daughter had the weight or skills necessary to release/set the sled's brake & steer independently, so E.J. encouraged her to drive w/her dad behind her on the sled rails and she still had a fantastic time.) It's quite a thrill to feel the dogs surge against the lines as they take off at a run! The open valley setting of Rancho Escondido offers gorgeous vistas of snow-capped peaks while you ride, and at one point we had to stop the sled to wait for a coyote to move off the track. We loved this experience and highly recommend Alpine Adventures to other families.
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