UKTOUSA and The Valley Snow Dogz

TRADITIONAL ALASKAN HUSKIES


At Valley Snow Dogz, we offer Fall Wheeled Sled Dog Rides, along with Winter Sled Tours in Waterville Valley Resort, Thornton, On Squam Lake and in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Servicing special events at Loon Mtn Resort. Available for groups, gatherings, events, celebrations or simply for the love of it!

An authentic, memorable sled dog experience based right in the heart of The White Mountains. Please call 603-340-2390 for more information. Valley Snow Dogz....Creating memories for families, groups and anyone who has a burning desire to experience a sled dog adventure

A bucket list dog sledding adventure here in New Hampshire !

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Live Free And MUSH!

Live Free And MUSH!
Valley Snow Dogz Kidz Event at Loon Mountain Resort

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Mushtoberfest

Great weekend with some awesome people, each with individual goals, different sized teams and lots of wonderful dogs.  We were mentored by Brent Sass, Mike Ellis and Christine Richardson. The weekend of activities, talks, slide shows and demos just seemed to fly by. It was really wonderful to be able to just concentrate on the dogs and training and leave everything else behind. I was able to get some young leaders out front who showed great potential for this coming season. I was super thrilled with the dogs, their good manners and willingness to camp out Check-point style for a few hours.
Back to pre-season training with another fun event ahead of us for Halloween

Mushtoberfest In The North CountryM

Multiple short runs with new leader pairs

Mike Ellis talking about foot care

Brent Sass hanging out and talking dogs

Gorgeous views and a super strong team

Open country leading with verbal commands through the parking area

Brent went missing ! but here's the group with Mike Ellis

Monday, July 28, 2014

Valley Snow Dogz and Team Uktousa !

Some upcoming stars on team Uktousa this year and some newbies in harness. We are counting down to our first runs in harness which typically start during the first week of September. Gunsmoke from Brenda Mackey in AK will be a great addition to our team, as he was last winter and we also welcome the arrival B'Zhoo later this week, from our dear friend Linda Newman, from Points Unknown in MN .  He is sibling to our Miss Squish.  We have quite a few young dogs in training this year.... Tuliq now just over a year old along with Miss Squish who ran in harness for part of last winter, then we have Bindhi who is currently 9 months old and will have her first experience on the team this September.  Dougie and White Feather are now two years old and this will be their second season.  White Feather already showed great leader potential last year taking lead on numerous occasions while her brother Dougie really enjoys being close to me or Richard however, he has evolved a lot this summer with his confidence, he's such a devoted dog.  We have started some leader training and next we will be working on line-out and a few of the commands which we use during our running season.  It's great to introduce the young ones to these before they are on the team.

Summer Fun In The Dogyard

Some fresh paint, new style box and a fun ramp!

Bindhi ...her paws are dangling in a rather large hole, dug by Bindhi

Siblings, Dougie and White Feather.. such a funny pair

Papa Tumac

Bobby, one our retired Malamutes taking a nap!

A favorite ! Two smiling faces... Richard and Bindhi

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Some Fun Spring Photos Of The Dogs

White Feather just turned 2 years old


Richard being loved by Sofiel and Bindhi

Richard with Rosie's daughter Tuliq, she is 1 year old

Mamma Daisy

6 month old Bindhi... she's all legs

Beautiful Gunsmoke from Brenda Mackey

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Livin' The Dream.. ALASKA

Loved every minute of my Alaska Adventure.  I managed to put my fear of flying to one side and with a great friend by my side, Christine and I had such a great experience.  There's just too much to put into words but the place, the views, the people, the dogs, the race, the atmosphere, the welcome, the food.... ahhhhh..... all of it.  Loved it !  We had a cute cabin to ourselves with comfy beds and thick duvets.  The sky was mostly dusk or night with a few hours of daylight. Didn't bother me at all.  I loved the walk from Aliy and Allen's home to our cabin, listening to the silence with the exception of the squeaky snow beneath my boots.  The dogs were so friendly and the routine was quick to learn. We had so much conversation and laughter, felt so welcomed and invited to participate in all the preparations even the last training run when I had the honor of riding in Allen Moore's sled on a small part of the Yukon Quest trail.  Driving the truck on the ice roads between checkpoints, being a huge part of Aliy's race, she was so trusting and so kind always.  I went days with little sleep and sometimes no sleep but somehow it didn't both me like I thought it might.  Infact, I felt great and often got a second wind.  I was surprised how well and good I felt on as little as a couple of hrs of sleep and occasionally, no sleep.  The photos below tell just a small part of my journey and I know I will return to Alaska and I know I will see Aliy, Allen and their dogs again.  I'm so grateful for their friendship and trust and equally so to Christine who was just the best co-partner. We made an a great handler team!
Arriving at Fairbanks Airport.. exhausted but happy!

Getting on with things, bagging kibble for the Yukon Quest

Lidia and Lydia

Christine bagging kibble for the Yukon Quest

Technical wear for the river crossing

This was Allen's team coming in 1st at the CB 300

Chores at the homestead

Gorgeous Mac, fell in love with him!

Some of Aliy's dogs

Heading out with Allen Moore's team

On the Yukon Quest Trail

Last training run before the CB 300

Ice Road Truckers we were!

Watching out for moose and caribou

Aliy's awesome dogs at the start

Melting snow for water

Prior to the start, working on Aliy's sled bag

Going over tons of gear and stuff for the race

Me and Nita taken at Mike Ellis's homestead

Me and Lidi-Bug

Gunsmoke at Brenda Mackey's

Taken just after Aliy Finished the Copper Basin 300

Me and Brenda Mackey

LOVED every minute of it !

Sunday, January 5, 2014

ALASKA

Can't really believe I'm leaving for Alaska..... back in September I attended the Northern New England Trade Fair.  I particularly wanted to hear Aliy Zirkle and Allen Moore speak.  Having watched videos of them and followed them on FB, they always struck me as super nice people with impeccable dog care.  Little did I know that we would end up friends with an invitation to be a part of their dynamic team of handlers for the upcoming Copper Basin 300 Sleddog Race in Glennallen, AK.  My bags are almost packed, dogz will be resting somewhat while I am gone and then we'll be right back into tours and training for some upcoming races. We'll have a little bit of ground to make up which is a bit frustrating as the dogs have already done some good miles and some long runs, but I'll get them back up par again fairly quickly.  I'll be returning from Alaska with yearling from Mackeys Distance Alaskans.  A young dog I've been following for quite a while and again... little did I know he would end up being mine and coming home with me to New Hampshire.  Many wonderful things to start the New Year with and as always, with much gratitude.

From Wheels to Sled to Wheels to Sled !

Training and  tours were a mix of experiences as we had to switch from using wheels to sleds a few times.  Still, it's all part of our authentic experience and guests learn how we adapt to mother nature and go with flow.... we've had some wonderful people, many participating with harnessing and helping out.  It's always a joy to share our dogz and passion with guests who understand dogz and connect with them as we do.  Baby Tuliq will be in harness in a few weeks and she'll start out with some fun puppy runs.  Looking at how active she is here at the homestead, I think she'll take to it like a duck to water or rather ... sleddog to snow !

Busy Few Weeks at Valley Snow Dogz

Our friends Team Kelim

Our gorgeous view !

Waiting for our guests to arrive

Back home just hanging out, love our boy Dougie

Richard hooking up his team