Maine averages 200 inches of snow in winter, and skiing, snowshoeing, and snow mobiling are popular activities, but if you’re looking for something different try dogsledding.
Mushing isn’t for everyone, but if you want the experience of riding behind a team of eager, well trained dogs through a snowy forest or across a frozen lake, you can find it in Maine.
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Kennels in western Maine and areas around Baxter, Bethel, and beyond offer dogsledding adventures that range from a one hour ride to several days of back coun try sledding (not for the faint of heart). Some offer n ight rides and some specialize in speed.
If you decide to go, check carefully the list of clothing and accessories you will need to ensure a safe, frostbite free experience. You will learn the commands that tell the dogs u here to turn and when to stop or go. You may not linish ready to take on the Iditerod, but you might be ready to take on the old TV role ol Sgt. Preston of the Yukon.
If you’re more interested in watching than participating, there’s the Maine version of the Iditerod, the Can-Am Crown International Sled Dog Race. It’s held every year in late winter, usually to coincide with the Iditerod. The 250-mile course begins in Fort Kent and competitors often go on to vie in the Iditerod. can-am-crown.net
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