My experience would have been better if we were given better instruction and tips. I did not realize or know how slippery the footing was on the sled. I slipped and was actually hanging onto on the sled with my body dragging. The dogs of course don't always stop when you tell them to so it was a pretty scary experience. We were a big group and I know I was not the only one who had this type of experience either.
Luckily I didn't do the uphill part of the course (my boyfriend and I switched being driver and passenger haflway), but dog sledding in indeed a hard sport. You really need to be fit to walk/run to help the dogs and sled up the hills. If the dogs can support you and the sled on a small uphill let them do it and reserve your energy for bigger uphills later.
We stopped a lot along the trail and being able to keep that nice distance between each other was hard.
There was a photographer on site and she took pictures of each of us. Later you were able to buy these pictures at the store.
My friend (the bride-to-be having her wedding the next day!) also got injured by another instructor coming around the bend after we all parked our sleds. As she got out on the only side she could get out of (we all parked on either the right or left of the hill), the instructor came with his dogs and sled and she got her leg caught up in the harnesses connecting the dogs and sprained her ankle.
From what I could tell there was no sort of compensation or much sympathy for her except giving her a snow mobile ride back to the store.
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