Dog Sledding !

March 25th, 2010 by HTL

Dog sledding may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Winter sports !  However, it offers a great way to see the beauty of the Montana Winter landscapes in the tradition of generations of hunters and travelers past.

The crew of Inuit Sled Dogs at Bigfork Basecamp contribute to the historical significance of this Winter activity as the partners of both the Inuit population and Arctic explorers for hundreds of years.

The expedition led by Roald Amundsen to the South Pole used sledding teams.  Dog sledding was also included as a demonstration at the 1932 Winter Olympics held in Lake Placid, New York.

Apart from being a great sport and a fun activity, getting to know your dog team is a vital component of the experience.  Teams are put together with great care and become a part of the family.  Anyone doubting the strength of the bond involved only has to rent a copy of the movie ‘Eight Below‘.

Base Camp Bigfork offers dogsled experiences that cater to the individual.  From a half day excursion to customized camping in the back country, you can get as involved as you want including ‘mushing’ your own sled and harnessing and caring for your team.

Your hosts at The Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins will be happy to give you more information on dog sledding experiences in the area !

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