Drive Your Own Team
This is our signature tour. Immerse yourself and get maximum hands on, meet the dogs, learn about them and then hook up a team and explore some stunning high country trails.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type10+, Family, Winter
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Small Group
While the “Basket Ride” gives you the opportunity to feel the power of a sled dog team from the basket, why not feel what it is like to drive your own team of Huskies through some breathtaking high country trails. Nothing but the silence of the mountains and the sound of the dogs feet, their breath and your runners gliding through the snow.
Duration – allow 75 minutes for the complete experience which includes an introduction to the dogs, tuition and a 30 minute daylight run.
Tour Type – this is a “Drive Your Own Team” tour (Self Drive). You will join a group of other guests unless a private tour is specifically requested (this will incur additional cost)
Configuration – one guest per sled. Guests are not able to sit in the basket of a sled driven by another guest for safety reasons.
Driving another guest in your basket
Driving your own team
Mixing tours for groups – this tour can also be run concurrently with a Basket Ride option should your friends want a different experience. Please refer to the Basket Ride tour for specifics.
- Maximum weight – 115kg
- Minimum age of children riding – 10 years old, however there are exceptions so please call and ask.
- A basic level of fitness is required (the ability to walk up a hill), however guides can assist in difficult sections.
- We provide the ride (team of dogs, sled, guide and stunning alpine trails)
- A Guide to lead the group
- Transport to and from the tour site
- Warm weather clothing
Approximately 75 Minutes
Drive Your Own Team
Your “Drive Your Own Team” tour starts with an introduction to the world of sled dogs, the equipment and of course the dogs themselves. Learn how to set up your own team and interact with the dogs while you learn the ropes from one of our instructors. Then it is your turn to take the team for a spin, taking command of your own team of Huskies and driving them along the beautiful trails provided by the Snow Farm.
Ski type clothing is perfect. Please ensure you wear layers so you can warm up or cool down as needed. A warm hat and gloves are essential. Hiking type boots are ideal, something you can walk on snow in and not get wet if the days warms up a little. Bring a change of socks if you think your feet might get wet. A neck warmer / Scarf is a great idea also. Bring your sun glasses as well.
No, whilst the Snow Farm does allow dogs on their trails, which must be registered prior, we do not allow dogs within our staging area.
We have taken thousands of people out on the self drive tour and its very straightforward if you listen to your guide. A majority of guests have never met a dog team before let alone driven one but they do awesome. We highly recommend you drive your own team. A guide will be in support throughout the tour.
This may be common practice overseas, but we do not allow it here. This is due to the nature of the trails, it can be technical in places and should you flip or loose your sled then the passenger could get easily hurt. Our Guides are specially training to take guests in the baskets.
No we do not advise this. You do so at your own risk.
A basic level of fitness is required, the ability to walk up a hill in snow is adequate. Whilst the dogs do a majority of work there are some hills they do need help on. Our guides are there to support and will assist if you need it. Please consider that the tours operate at approximately 1500m (5000ft). This can make things a little more difficult then you would normally expect at sea level.