Mushing at Bearskin

Mushing is back at Bearskin for the 2018-2019 winter season!

Many of you know that Erik, our long-time musher, retired last year.  Ever since then, we’ve been on the hunt for the ideal replacement. Erik is a hard act to follow, but we think the team of Erin Altemus and Matt Schmidt will offer an equally outstanding dog sled experience for Bearskin guests.

Matt and Erin started running sled dogs at YMCA Camp Menogyn on the Gunflint Trail 15 years ago. Several years later they started their own kennel and began racing. Now they have almost 40 dogs in the deep woods off the Gunflint Trail and a daughter Sylvia, who is one and a half and aspires to run the dogs someday. Matt and Erin take turns racing the dogs in the Gunflint Mail Run and Beargrease every year and often run races in Michigan and Maine as well. This year they bring their guiding experience to Bearskin to offer tours and education about mushing.

Erin and Matt will be here on a limited schedule this year, and their dates will fill up, so give us a call early if you’re hoping to experience a dog sled trip during your Bearskin stay.

 

Schedule

Trips will be available at 9 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM and 3 PM on the following dates:

  • December 29 (additional dates can be added if this fills)
  • January 12
  • February 9
  • February 16 (additional dates can be added if this fills)
  • February 23
  • March 9

Details

$125/adult for 1.5 hour experience
$75/child riding with an adult
300 lb total weight of riders per sled
Maximum two sleds at a time
Other trip lengths and experiences may be possible with special arrangements.

 

Darn, what if our Bearskin visit doesn’t coincide with these dates?

Cook County is home to dozens of mushers, but in the past two years most of the mushers who provided trips have left that business to focus on racing or breeding.  If you’re coming to Bearskin on other dates, call or email our front desk, and we’ll do our best to find you a nearby dog sled trip.