It is looking very hopeful that we will be getting a substantial amount of snowfall for the month of Feb. If we have the snow tours will be available for the 8th and 9th of Feb., because the Siskiyou Sled Dog races have been postponed until the second weekend in March. We are taking reservations for Feb. and March. No deposits will be necessary for the remainder of the season. Thank you for all the people that are still staying in contact for tours for the remainder of the season. We need your business this season to continue in future years.
We have some weather coming in this week but realistically we don’t see the storms that we need to get into operation until around the first of February. Accuweather is showing a series of storms from Feb. 2nd through Feb. 14th so we are hoping to get started as soon as we have our trails covered and safe navigate a large dog team. Since this forecast came out yesterday we have booked 6 more tours in Feb. and many more inquiries. Due to our late start we will have tours available by special request for Mondays and Tuesdays if they are the only dates available to you or your family, or if the weekend tours are booked up and you will still be in town. We would normally take those days off , but we need your business to help make up for the lack of snow and late start. We are really hoping for a late spring with lots of snow like we had four years ago, so we have more time to get all the folks out on their wish list tour with Dogsled Express.
We have the Siskiyou Sled Dog Races scheduled for Feb 8th and 9th. They are held on the north side of Mount Shasta and there have been years that our trails where we normally give tours have good snow conditions and we can give tours,…. but the trails we need for the races are not available which would mean that we would have tours available the 8th and 9th at our normal trailhead near the ski park, if the races are cancelled. If we are able to hold the races then Dogsled Express will offer a tour at the race location (Deer Mountain Snowmobile Park) at 2:00 pm both days, after we have run our race category. So come to the races and then go out on a tour!
The dogs and myself are bored from running the same trails during training and we can’t wait to get on the snow. Often one doesn’t realize how much something means to us until we have it taken from us. The dogs and I really miss meeting the new friends that we make while sharing our beautiful trails. Please consider taking a tour with us “This Season” so we can continue giving tours in the years to come. Waiting to hear from you. Thanks, Pat
We are getting excited that there is a possibility that we may have snow coming next week. Depending upon the amounts we might be able to open the weekend of the 12th. We have Free Kids Rides Day planned on the 12th. That trail will need more snow than the trail that we use for tours, so it is possible that if we don’t have enough snow for the Free Kids Rides we might have enough for tours. So keep posted to this website. We should know more by early next week when we start getting predictions for snow accumulation. Thank you for everyone’s patience. With all the calls that we have been getting even though we are not in operation, I believe we can still have a successful season despite the late start.
Sadly we are still not open for business due to lack of snow! It breaks my heart to have all the phone calls for tours and we have to tell folks that we are not in operation yet. We truly hope that you won’t give up on us yet for this winter season for your tour with us. Being that we are losing out Holiday business still are counting on your business this winter to be able to stay open next season. Sled dogs are not like a snowmobile rental business where the machines are just parked…..these guys keep eating to the tune of $300.00 of dog food every 9 to 10 days! Please keep checking our website for our opening date. We will post snow predictions as we see them. Happy New Year, Pat
I had the pleasure to talk to Mushing Radio….Dog Works Radio for a 1/2 hour interview recently about distance racing, Dogsled Express, and our book “Song of the Runners”. I feel bad because I kept referring to my wife, without giving Lisa’s name. Sorry Love! Robert did a good job of asking interesting ?’s and I enjoyed the whole process. Hope you enjoy. Here is the link. http://dogworksradio.com/2013/
We have a base on our trails……unfortunately we need one good snow to open. I don’t see any real possibilities of big snow producers until at least after the 1st. Forecasts for this area are hard to predict and in the past when predicting 10 days out they often show 30% and it can turn into a heavy dumping of snow, so we are hoping that will happen this year. We really count on the Holiday weeks for our business to make it through the whole year, so please…..if we do have a late start we especially hope that you will still plan a tour, or reschedule your tour once we are in operation. In the past when we have a slow start of winter weather, once it does comes in we have excellent conditions throughout the rest of the winter and well into April.
The dogs and I are bored of training with the ATV and being I only have so many good years left in me to continue driving dog teams,….. please have patience with the weather. There is nothing more rewarding for us than to see the smiling faces of our clients during and after their tour with Dogsled Express.
“Song of the Runners” is based on an actual 220 mile sled dog race. A unique insight of the thoughts and emotions that both man and dogs share while out on the trail. The story is written in the voices of Pat, (dog driver) and Casper, (lead dog). What starts out as a simple story about a dog sled race, soon becomes something much more. To order the book go to Amazon,com books. For your Kindle just go to Kindle.com and for your smart phone, i-pad and computer go to CreateSpace apps.
How to order an autographed book.
It’s simple…just send a check for $11.50 ( includes packaging, tax and shipping) to Pat Campbell, PO BOX 452 Etna, CA 96027 with your return address and it will shortly be at your doorstep. If it is a present for someone else, include there name, so I can personalize it to them.
Due to offering 3 tours a day, one sled at a time, folks have been asking, “What is the best way to get our family out on a tour?”
It really depends upon the size of your family, ages and weights. EXAMPLES: If you are a family of three and the adults are mid-size to small the you could add another small or mid-sized child with you. An adult and two kids can go together. ( Many do this so that the kids can get out and they don’t have to wait for the second sled.) Three mid-sized children can go together. Families of four will have to take two sleds…..one at a time….back to back. When we do this I won’t wait for the next time slot(tours are at 9 AM, 11:30 AM, 2:00 PM) but instead I will get back from one tour and take those dogs out and put in another dog team. If you choose this way then you have to start the tours at 9:00 am(which means the 11:30 has to be open……or if you start at 11:30, then the 2:00 pm slot has to be open) The change over takes about 30 to 40 minutes. While one sled is out with two members of the family the others often go up the road just a 1/4 mile to the ski lodge and have a hot beverage or go down the road back to highway 89 and go sliding on one of the best sliding hills in CA. (Snowman’s Hill). If you have any more ?’s, please give us a call and we will try to find a way to best serve your family’s needs. Best to make your reservations in early to get two sleds out back to back. Don’t wait until you are ready to come up here. For weekends it is best to make your reservation a couple of weeks in advance.
Due to only offering only 3 tours a day during the Holidays this season it is important that you get your reservations in soon. I understand that each year folks are waiting to see what the snow conditions are before booking their tour. There has only been one season that we have not been able to start by the week before Xmas.
Deposits are refundable if snow conditions on the trail are not satisfactory. The only time I cancel a tour is if the road conditions won’t allow safe access to the trailhead or if there are severe high winds predicted. Ski Park Highway ( the road off Highway 89 to the trailhead ) is always well maintained by the ski park, so as long as you have good tires, you will have no problem. Chains are only required if there has been new snow overnight with ice underneath. Mount Shasta Ski Park’s website gives up to date conditions on the road. Sometimes they post that chains are required, so it is good then be carrying chains if you don’t have 4 wheel drive under those conditions.
I had some time while on the fires to think through the past seasons of Dogsled Express. We’ve had some great times out on the trail with our clients. The one thing that kept coming back to me was, “What is it that makes Dogsled Express different from other dogsled tour outfits or other adventures?” Some sled guides say their tours are an hour long, while actually that hour includes the safety talk(if they have one) and time with the dogs after the ride. With Dogsled Express you get a full hour or more in the sled, plus the time for the safety talk and the time with the dogs after the ride.
Over the years my objectives were always to offer a professional and safe product to the public. I feel that I have accomplished that by 25 years of giving tours with a perfect USFS Special Use Permit safety record.
I turned 60 this year and it has made me think hard about how my wife Lisa and I would like to see the business progress. We’ve had the opportunity in the past to team up with big business to pump out the tours and make a bunch of money but I just couldn’t give up the idea to put $ as the most important objective and have others calling the shots, telling how many tours to produce and how fast or how often my dogs can run. We aren’t in this to become wealthy, we are in it for the love of it.
Our goal is to live a healthy simple life in our log cabin while continuing to share with you the beauty and experiences that these dogs have blessed us with.
Another way that makes us different from other adventures is that you are part of our product. Our trail is not just some flat track that you just ride around on. I will teach you how to lean properly to help steer the sled through the corners. You become part of the team…..dogs, driver, and passenger working as one. It is a thing of beauty. If you are comfortable with getting back on the runners with me at the end of your tour…I encourage it.
Most importantly we want you to experience the bond that goes on between the dogs, and the dogs and myself. It is a tied together by nature….whether it is a sunny day with a perfect trail, or it is harsh conditions it is one of the most real experiences that a person can have. The dogs and our tours are authentic. The elements, the work, the teamwork is real, or the sled doesn’t move. The dogs excitement isn’t for show….it is as real as life itself. Let us share it with you.
We are taking reservations and since we are offering only one tour at 9:00 am, 11:30 am and 2:00 pm, Weds. through Sundays, you may consider getting in your reservation request form in early. We are looking forward to hearing from you.