Maine Dog Sledding: Maine Winter
Four days of dog sledding at our cabin in Western
Maine. Our next Maine dog sledding adventure is February 20, 2015 through February 23, 2015.
Do you yearn for silence? Do you love the sound of
the wind whispering through the trees? Do you love
dogs? Come experience dog sledding, sled dogs, and
the peacefulness of the Maine woods at the Maryland
Sled Dog Adventures cabin in Starks, Maine during
our special Maine Winter Cabin Adventure (MWCA). Email
to register. Our
next Maine Winter Cabin Adventure will be held February 20, 2015 through February 23, 2015.
Each year, this special four day dog sledding adventure
is held in February at the Maryland Sled Dog Adventures'
cabin in Starks, Maine and includes opportunities
to dog sled, skijor,
cross country ski, and snow shoe. Participants
will have hands on opportunities to learn how to drive
their own dog team through the scenic solitude of
the Maine woods. A special photo
gallery features recent images from around the
cabin. Our 2014 Maine Winter Cabin Adventure was featured in the Washington Post.
Our Maine Winter Cabin Adventure is designed to be
a completely hands on, four day and three night, dog
based adventure where women learn how, using a step
by step approach, to actually drive a team of one to six sled dogs. Participants then go out and use the skills
they have learned to drive a team of sled dogs on
the trails surrounding the cabin. In addition to dog
sledding, participants are also encouraged to try
country skiing and snow shoeing. If you would like
to try skijoring,
cross country skiing or snowshoeing, please plan on
bringing your own cross country skis, poles, boots,
What can you expect from your Maine dog sledding
adventure? Dog sledding instruction on miles
of scenic Maine trails. During this adventure,
you will be immersed in learning and living
a hands on dog sledding adventure. Our dog sledding
adventure is unique in that our sled dogs live
indoors with us. This allows participants plenty
of time for bonding with the sled dogs and unique
opportunities for lots of doggy kisses.
is cross country skiing while a dog (or two)
pulls you. It is an exhilarating and fast growing
winter sport combining dog sledding and cross
country skiing. Skijoring, literally meaning
"ski driving" in Norwegian and allows
a dog and owner to exercise together while enjoying
the outdoors. The skier wears a belt around
her waist while a six to eight foot line connects
to the dog(s)' x-back
harness(es) and attaches to the skier's
belt. If you can imagine yourself on a beautiful
winter's day gliding behind your canine companion
down a tree lined trail, then skijoring is for
you. Come learn all about skijoring from Eric
and his fuzzy canine friends. To skijor, you
will need to bring your own cross country skis,
poles, and boots and will need to demonstrate
certain basic skiing skills prior to skijoring
with a sled dog. Don't worry, though, we can
help you master basic cross country skiing skills.
|Snowshoeing (with or without a
sled dog) is an easy way to explore a winter wonderland.
If you can walk, you can probably snow shoe. Snowshoes,
unlike cross country skis or dog sleds, can be
used in areas where the snow has not been packed
down. Snowshoeing is a great cardiovascular workout!
Snow shoes can be purchased inexpensively in stores
or online from LL
Bean or REI.
For additional information on snow shoes, please
visit our Maine Winter Cabin Adventure gear
||In addition to lots of doggie fun,
you can expect fabulous meals at your Maine Winter
Cabin Adventure. All meals include a touch of
gourmet dining. For a sample menu, please click
Other activities include trying to identify the fresh animal tracks that are seen around the cabin every morning. This part of Maine is home to abundant wild life including bear, moose, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, and deer. Prints and scat are frequently spotted around the cabin.
Do you enjoy photography? Why
not take a photographer's tour with accomplished
photographer and sled dog dad, Eric,
through the scenic Maine woods. Take some
photos home along with your great memories of
this unique dog sledding adventure. Eric's photographs
have been published. Samples of Eric's photography
are available through out this website.
While our Maine Winter Cabin Adventure
promises to be an exciting event and participants
will be active dog sledding much of the day,
there will be plenty of opportunities to relax
in front of the toasty warm wood stove with
a book or a blanket. One of our sled dogs might
even join you. For a sample schedule from prior
years' Maine dog sledding adventures, please
What can you hope to gain from
choosing this dog sledding adventure? New friends,
respect and love of our wonderful sled dogs,
a basic understanding of dog sledding, lots
of doggy kisses, and a deeper understanding
and love for the outdoors.
Our Maine Winter Cabin Adventure is a family affair and we are a small, family run business. Your hosts for your special Maine dog sledding adventure will be sled dog dad, Eric, and sled dog Mom, Catherine.
To maintain the intimate nature of our Maine Winter Cabin Adventure and to ensure sufficient hands-on experiences dog sledding for each participant with the sled dogs, our Maine Winter Cabin Adventure is limited to just four participants.
Our three bedroom, 1200 square foot cabin is well
equipped with propane heat, a wood stove, electricity,
indoor plumbing (not always the case in rural Maine!),
a full kitchen, full bath, and other amenities. There
is no TV, internet, or phone, and cell phone coverage
is spotty at best. The nearest towns to Starks, Maine
are Madison, Maine (8 miles), Farmington, Maine (13
miles), and Skowhegan, Maine (19 miles). The cabin
is nestled in the trees on approximately two acres
and is situated on a town maintained (plowed) dirt
road. Dog sledding, cross country skiing, and snow
shoeing trails begin 300 feet from the cabin and criss
cross the Maine countryside for hundreds of miles.
Come experience Maine, the way life should be.
During your four day dog sledding adventure, you
will rest in comfort in our new Maine log cabin
situated in the small town of Starks, Maine. Enjoy
the coziness of living with six to eight happy sled
will be divided between two bedrooms and will be sharing
a bathroom with all others in attendance. Sleeping
arrangements will be a mixture of cots, beds, and
Who should attend our women's dog sledding Maine Winter
Cabin Adventure? If you love dogs, have an adventurous
nature, are open to new experiences, have always wanted
to learn about dog sledding and sled dogs, and love
the great outdoors, then this trip is for you. Our
Maine Winter Cabin Adventure is ideal for individual
women or mother-daughter pairs.
Participants should be in good
physical shape and expect to be active during
the program. Participants must be at least 14
years of age. Participants under 18 years of
age must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Can I physically do this trip? While we are happy
to tailor this trip to different ability levels, participants should be in good physical shape and
capable of aerobic and anaerobic activity (walking,
running short distances, pedaling (pushing), the dog
sled, etc.). Our Maine Winter Cabin Adventure also
requires the following: (1) you must be able to lift
at least 25 pounds; (2) you must be able to easily
lift your legs 12 inches off the ground, up and over
a moving object; and (3) you must be able to walk,
run, show shoe, or cross country ski one mile. If
you have any questions or concerns about whether you
can physically do this dog sledding trip, please email
Catherine at email@example.com
Cost is $895 per person. A $250 non refundable deposit
is due at the time of registration. To secure your
space in our women's Maine Winter Cabin Adventure,
you must: (1) email firstname.lastname@example.org
indicating that you would like to register; (2) complete
and return our Maine Winter Cabin Adventure registration
form; (3) complete and sign our
waiver; and (4) mail your $250 non refundable
deposit to Maryland Sled Dog Adventures LLC.
Please note that we do not accept credit cards. All
checks should be payable to Maryland Sled Dog Adventures
LLC. Your balance, $645, is due January 9, 2015. Any
cancellations after this date are non refundable.
Your fee includes cozy and comfortable lodging for
three nights in our log cabin, all of your
meals while attending our Maine Winter Cabin Adventure,
all instruction, and unlimited doggy kisses. Meals
will be served family style and will be prepared by
amateur chef and sled dog mom, Catherine,
with assistance from sous chef and sled dog dad, Eric.
Please be sure to indicate any food restrictions on
form. Please visit our sample
menu for additional information on meals during
your Maine Winter Cabin Adventure.
We hope to see you at our women's Maine Winter Cabin Adventure!