You are to maintain a minimum distance of 20 feet between your lead dogs and the sled in front of you.
Failure to do so can cause injury to the dogs and yourself!
Make sure that the team behind you has always followed safely around corners...we don't want to lose anybody.
There is no word in any language on the planet that will make these dogs stop. The only way to stop your team is by pressing on the brakes; the only way to stay stopped is by staying on the brakes!
Please do not insult the dogs' hard work by yelling and screaming words to make them go faster. They will only run as fast as they want; yelling at them will make them not respect you as a musher, and stop working for you.
Do not allow your team to pass or come beside the teams in front of you.
The gangline attached to the dogs and sled should be tight at all time. Failure to do so can cause SEVERE injury to the dogs on your team!
If you are on your brakes during your whole tour to maintain the above rules, then so be it.
Losing Your Team
Occasionally, we get participants that actually do wipe out and lose their team. This often happens when they're driving too fast, are not using their brakes, or have lost their balance.
Your team will not wait for you if you fall off; they will continue on up the trail without you.
If this should happen to you, we do expect you to pull yourself out of the snow bank, brush the snow off of your face, and chase after your team as quickly as you can. That being said, we do not actually expect you to be able to CATCH your team.
Catching your team is our job.
If participants behind you lose their team, it's important that you do not let that team come up beside your own. Your passenger should get out of the sled and stand in the middle of the trail to help stop the dogs. It can sometimes take our guides a short while to run back fast enough to do this.
If you do manage to stop the dogs, stand on the brakes of the sled firmly, so that our guides can untangle the team and straighten them back out.
A tangled team of dogs often creates confusion and frustration within the team, it is not uncommon for the team to growl and/or fight when balled up after being lose.
Therefore, it's important that everybody is acting quickly once there is a lose team.
Stopping For Pictures
You are more than welcome to stop at anytime during your tour to take photos if you see something that our guide did not stop at.
You are more than welcome to change between drivers and passengers at anytime during your tour and as often as you would like.
Please remember to use your brakes for these circumstances. Remember to STAY on your brakes if you want to remain stopped.
Stopping for pictures is when most drivers lose their team. They forget to stay on the brakes or they don't push hard enough on the brakes. While you are busy taking photos, the dogs are barking, jumping, and pulling to keep going. This can cause drivers to lose their balance and slip off the brakes. It is best for your passenger to take the photos for you; or have your passenger stand on the brakes so you can take your pictures.
The longer that you stay stopped for, the better your chances of losing your team. Your team will become impatient!