We are delighted to announce that we are open for business Dec. 19th. Last 24 hour we have recieved 8″ of new wet snow over the 2″ base that we had. A couple of more inches are predicted for today so I will be at the Trail today to groom our trail out. Weds. is to be a nice day and then a possible dumping on Weds. night and Thursday. Trail conditions will be excellent with new snow for you Photographer buffs.
We will have two sled tours available starting this weekend through the 1st. Then we will only be able to do one sled at a time. If you have two couples or a small family we will have to take one sled out and then when we get back we will do a quick change over of teams and go right back out again. While one sled is out the others can go have a hot beverage at the ski lodge just a 1/4 mile up the road or the kids can go tubing at the new tubing run at the ski park. Reservations are coming in fast now so please call early to get the time and date that works for you. Looking forward to hearing from you.
Looking really good for our predicted openning date of December 19th. If we get just the minimum amount of 9″, we will be able to open. Any more than that will be a bonus with a possibility of 18″. Continue your snow dances….they are working wonders!!!!! After last year’s abnormal winter, we need your business. Deposits are returnable if snow conditions are the reason for cancelation or if you have an emergency. Deposits are not returnable, only if you don’t show up for your tour, or give us a timely call, being that I could have rescheduled another client. Looking forward to hearing from you.
Yehh!!!!!! The snow is on it’s way. Dogsled Express is projecting that Wednesday Dec. 19, we will be open for business. So looking forward to meeting all of you folks that have that spirit to step out of your normal comfort zone for your sled dog tour of a lifetime. We’ll know within a couple of days of the predicted snow amounts. So let’s all do your best snow dance and soon we’ll be gliding across the trail by my canine family. Hope to hear from you soon so you can reserve that date and time that best serves you. Owner/Operator………Pat Campbell
We are pleased to announce that Bino Fowler has is coming down from Oregon to help us out from December 16th(Free Kids Rides Day) through the Holidays so that we can schedule more Holiday visiters. Bino helped us out in the past and did a wonderful job. Bino is an excellent sprint and distance musher that I have competed against for years. He is a gentleman with wonderful stories of experiences with his canine family. He had been working all fall and is now on a mission to get his kids in shape to give you an experience of a lifetime.
We can now offer two sleds tours on both the 9am and the 2pm time slots so you and your family or your freinds can go together at the same time. Please check our calendar for times and dates these two sled tours will be offered. Note: entries on the calendar are the time slots that have been scheduled. Please read the explanation above the calendar on how to tell what dates and times are available.
We are getting tons off rain right now and are expecting snows on the tail end of this series of moisture. The rains are actually good because it totally saturates the ground so that when the temperatures drop… the moist ground freezes like a big ice cube and then when the snow covers it, it is there to stay. Last season we basically had no storms all the way through December and well into January, so this moisture is a beautiful thing. Because of all the folks that weren’t able to get out last year…. we are expecting an above normal demand for tours this season. So it is suggested that you get in your reservations early, or you will be like alot of folks that wait right up until they see the new snow pack in the mountains and are calling at the same time for the same available dates and times and are dissapointed because their ideal time is not available. Tour deposits are refundable if snow conditions are the reason a tour has to be cancelled. Your deposit is transferable if you have to reschedule (with an advance phone call) your tour due to and emergency. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Unfortunately this season we won’t be able to do two sled rides at the same time. My helper had a devistating accident to his right hand and won’t be able to man the helm on the second sled. If you have a family of 4 or two couples that want to go together…what we will have to do is take one sled out ….come back and immediately hook up another team and go right back out with the next two clients. While one couple is on the trail, the other two can drive up the road a 1/4 mile to the Mount Shasta Ski Park for a hot beverage, or go cross country skiing nearby or take the kids sliding on Snowman’s Hill… or simply hang out with the dogs until we get back when all the excitement starts all over again.
We won’t be able to offer large groups for the short rides like we have done in the past. Short rides may be availble after the Holidays are over but they will have to be reserved and spontanious short rides may be difficult.
Basically with only one sled tours available I highly encourage folks to get thier resevations early. Booking Holiday tours could be difficult without getting them well in advance. As of November 7th, you will be able to go to the calendar and see what tour slots have been booked and what are still available.
One might think…”Why can’t he find another dog driver?” It is not that simple. It takes alot of experience to handle a large dog team and your safety remains our # 1 priority. That is why Dogsled as never had a client injury after19 years of being in business. Our top quality tours will not change, in fact our goal this season is be able to offer an even more personalized tour for you and yours. Hope to hear from you soon and have a great Thanksgiving.
How time flies. It seems like yesturday that I was trying out my first sled. Here we are again. It’s that fun time of the year. Training has started in earnest for the last 15 days. I’m done with the log cabin that I have been helping a couple of friends with. I had been falling timber on forest fires for the previous 44 days prior to starting training. Was on the Reading Fire in Lassen National Park for a full 14 day shift and the remaining days were at the Bagley Complex southeast of the McCloud Reservoir. Lisa(my wife) did a great job with the dogs while I was gone. It was great to get home to Lisa and the dogs. The dogs get so excited when they first realize it’s me coming down the driveway. They all start their (pet me first Dad) call in a high pitched frenzy. I put in my ear plugs and give each dog their own little time…one on one.
Training this time of the season consists of getting them back into the groove again. This includes calming down the craziness while hooking the dogs into the lines. Break line chewing habits. Seeing who works well with each other and training in new lead dogs. It is so fun to see the puppies that you ran last spring turning into real sled dog before your eyes.
We are looking forward to a great new season. We are preparing the dogs now so you can experience your winter sled dog tour with fresh newly covered trails like in this picture from last season.
We take great pride in providing high quality tours from well trained dogs to groomed….. maintained trails topped by magnificent views of Mount Shasta and surrounding countyside. This will be Dogsled Express’s 20th year of safely giving tours to thousands of clients. We hope that you will consider taking a tour with Dogsled Express, whether with that special person in your life….. or as a great family experience, or with an old lifetime friend. Please book your Holiday tours early. We maybe cutting back from 5 tours a day to three tours a day due to a summer job injury to the right hand of my good friend Trevor. For those that have taken a tour with Trevor…. please keep him in your prayers. Hope to here from you soon. Pat
Unfortunately due to the lack of snow and warm weather we have had to close down for the season. We are suppose to get some weather in the next week but the snow amounts won’t allow us to reopen. Thanks to all of our faithful customers that kept calling back tying to fit in a spot when we did have snow. We had tons of phone calls, of people wanting to get booked just in case we had good snow conditions. WE will be in operation again next year, so with all the cancelations this season, I know we will be very busy next year. I will be blogging all year with fun stories and each week I will to a blog on one of our dogs so you can get to know them and give you an idea of what goes on in our kennel throughout the off season. Stay safe and hope to hear from you again next winter. Pat and Lisa
Finally. It came in too deep for me to groom with my snowmobile and groomer so Thursday morning the 1st I will have the big groomer from the skipark go over the trail and we will be back in business. This should give us snow well into March. I’ll know more later whether we will have enough snow for the races on the weekend of the 17th and 18th. If we don’t have enough to put on the races at Deer Mountain, then we will be available to do tours that weekend.
With the predicted snow amounts, we should have enough snow to reopen as of this Thursday. I will know more by tommorrow morning and will be grooming trails throughout Weds. If we don’t have enough snow at Deer Mountain for the dogsled races then we will be taking reservations for the weekend of March17-18. We will keep it all posted on our blog page.
*****Attention*****All 2:00pm tours need to be moved up to 1:30 to accomidate my helper’s new job at the skipark .
Go figure. Now the weather predictors are calling for a large dumping of snow (up to 21″) Tuesday night! I guess we will have to wait and see. If the prediction holds I will be over at the trailhead Tuesday night grooming the trails so we can accomidate the school kids scheduled for Weds. and we will be back in business. I will keep the website posted as things develop.