When we ask people what their top motivators are for visiting The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground, the majority of the responses we get are… mountains, glaciers, wildlife, and fishing of course! But during the winter months activities are much more limited as the temperature begins to drop, many lakes and rivers freeze over, and the bears go into hibernation for an extended vacation. But we are here to tell you; don’t let a few hurdles get in your way of enjoying one of the most wonderful times of year on Alaska’s Playground. Winter activities are truly in abundance and if you are ever in need of some tips or pointers, we have lots of ideas to share! Let us start with one of our very favorites… taking a Winter Dog Sled Tour with Seavey’s IdidaRide Sled Dog Tours in Seward, Alaska.
Seavey’s IdidaRide Sled Dog Tours was started by the Seavey family. “Take care of your dogs, and they’ll take care of you.” The Seavey family’s simple motto certainly seems to be working. With three consecutive Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race championships, a tour recognized as the “Best Sled Dog Tour in Alaska,” a growing list of great-grandkids ready to carry on the family tradition, and the ability to support their family doing what they love, any Seavey will tell you they’re blessed. To learn more about Mitch Seavey, Dan Seavey Sr., Danny Seavey, Dallas Seavey, Conway Seavey, or Jennifer Seavey… visit this link HERE!
And where will you go in the beautiful town of Seward? Well, you will go through the Resurrection River Valley right to up to Exit Glacier.
Not only will you go up to Exit Glacier (which is a glacier derived from the Harding Icefield in the Kenai Mountains), but you will actually eat a trail lunch and drink some delicious hot chocolate all the while taking in the awe-inspiring views, right at the glacier. The road is closed in the winter, so dog team is one of the only ways you can see the glacier in the winter. The trail is wide and easy to maneuver, so anyone can learn. For those of you who aren’t familiar with what it looks like, here is a gorgeous sneak peak…
What is Dog Mushing exactly? Well, Dog mushing was designated the official state sport of Alaska in 1972. Mushing is a term for a sport or transport method powered by our favorite four-legged best friends. It includes carting, sled dog racing, skijoring, freighting, and weight pulling. More specifically as it relates to this tour, it implies the use of one or more dogs to pull a sled on snow.
Make sure you bring your camera. The scenery is incredible, and you often see moose and eagles. You really get to experience the Alaska wilderness, and will leave with an understanding and appreciation of sled dogs. It is usually between 20F to 35F and somewhere between snowing and clear. Trips will be cancelled if temps drop to 10 degrees or sub-zero conditions.
For a list of Frequently Asked Questions including gear requirements, reservations, age ranges, mileage traveled on the tour, etc… click HERE!
If you are a nature lover, an animal lover, a thrill seeker, and most importantly… someone who enjoys a fun adventure, we highly recommend that you put a Seavey’s IditaRide Winter Dog Sled Tour on your must-do list, today! Hurry, winter tours fill up fast! Just look at this face, how could you possibly resist? 😉