We were staying in Aspen for the week and found this as an option for our off-day of skiing. Read some of the reviews here about treatment of the dogs and was worried on the ride there that I might not be happy with the excursion. Boy, was I wrong! These dogs are as happy as can be and they LOVE to run!!! No joke, whenever we stopped the sled to see something, they were jumping and barking and chomping at the bit to keep moving! It made the whole experience that much more fun and exciting!
We arrived and were led upstairs to a cozy room where we were shown a safety video and learned what we could expect. Then we went outside and were introduced to our musher, Whiskey (who was AWESOME). What a cool name and a cool guy. We learned that each pack of dogs runs two trips a day, if that, and that each musher is assigned his own set of dogs. They learn the personality of the dogs and how to best pair the animals. It was clear Whiskey really did care alot about his dogs. When we were on the trail, he would call to each by name (and what cute names! "Peach" and "Poomba"). When going through tougher terrain you will see your musher hop off and help the dogs pull the sled. Wherever my boyfriend and I go now, we yell "hop hop!!" to each other as the mushers do (our little inside joke). We literally had smiles plastered on our faces the whole trip. On top of the excitement of riding on a real dog sled you will see such amazing views!!!
Upon return to camp you will be led to the Krabloonik restaurant. Foodies and adventurous eaters will be in heaven. We were incredibly excited to try the wild game!!! I highly recommend the Elk tartar. It comes to you with a raw quail egg and sea salt and capers. Oh my God it was heavenly. We still talk about what a great fun meal that was. I ordered the Elk steak and my boyfriend ordered the Bison. The elk steak was not my favorite flavor but my boyfriend loved it. We wound up switching plates. The bison tasted a bit milder and was better suited to me. The rest of the meal was also fantastic as was the service. This is a pricey excursion but so worth every penny. I recommend Krabloonik highly.
Here are some tips:
Wear your ski pants and DO NOT forget to bring your ski goggles. You'll thank me for the goggles tip later.
The dogs are not your usual pure bred huskies - they are still adorable as can be. They look to be a mix of husky, hound, St. Bernard. Does it really matter? They are bred to love to run and pull sleds and that's what they do. The route you take is 15 miles. If you ask your musher about the breed of the dogs you will learn that these dogs are purposely bred with other breeds that specialize in the short distance sprints that Krabloonik does on their tours.
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