Dog sledding in Aspen, Sun Valley, Jackson Hole.
You don't have to head above the Arctic Circle to hire a dogsled: three outfitters near Western ski resorts let you travel just as Jack London described in Call of the Wild. You glide at about 4 miles per hour, the driver commanding the dogs to hike it up (go forward), gee (turn right), haw (left), or whoa.
The wood-and-rawhide sleds hold two adults and perhaps one child, depending on size of sled and number of dogs. Season lasts until April 15; it's wise to reserve at least a week in advance.
Aspen, Colorado. At Krabloonik Kennels, a 14-mile ride takes you through aspen forests and into White River National Forest. Cost of $70 per person includes lunch in a log cabin restaurant. Rides begin at 9 and 1:30 daily and last about 3 1/2 hours. For reservations and road directions, call (303) 923-4342.
Sun Valley, Idaho. Cameron Daggett offers one ride a day along Baker Creek in the foothills of the Boulder Mountains. You can sit behind his team of six Alaskan malamutes or drive them yourself while he skis alongside. Cost per ride is $60 for a half-day trip (bring your own lunch), $120 all day (lunch included). For reservations and pickup, call (208) 726-4024.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Nanook Tours. Ride into Grand Teton National Park along frozen Jenny Lake, through a spruce forest, and up to Signal Mountain for lunch with a view. Siberian huskies pull the sleds (you might get to drive). Trips run from 10 to 4; moonlight or hot springs tours also available. Cost: $95 per person, less for children. To reserve, call (307) 733-4821.
Photo: Malamutes pull oak-and-rawhide sled past leafless aspens near Sun Valley
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