The Alaskan Iditarod of Summer!
Two tour companies have merged giving you a one of a kind 2 ½ hour tour. Girdwood Mushing Company and Gold Mine Safari Tours have created a unique way to show you Alaska at its best. It’s like having two tours in one!
An 8 mile journey in our open air 6x6 Pinzgauers takes you from sea level to an elevation of 1000 feet on the historical Iditarod trail. At this elevation the mountains open up to one of the most scenic landscapes in all of Alaska.
Your guide will share the deep gold mining history of the area and the history of the historical Iditarod trail before arriving at Girdwood Mushing Company’s dog kennel. Here you will meet 5 time Iditarod musher Nicolas Petit and his amazing sled dogs. Hear Nick’s stories about the Iditarod, observe dog handling techniques, and interact with the dogs that ran 1049 miles from Anchorage to Nome. Experience the excitement and energy of these athletes as Nick hooks them up for your dog sled cart ride. You can feel the raw power of these sled dogs as you ride through trails high up in the mountains. The sled dogs respond to Nicks commands as a whole. It’s a sight to see!
After your cart ride you will visit our beautiful puppy pavilion. This is your chance to cuddle with future Iditarod champions. If you thought the dogs were cute, the puppies will surely melt your heart. You can snuggle with your favorite puppy for a great picture.
Check out Iditarod memorabilia including Nicks racing sled, trophy’s, and all the gear and warm clothing that he needs to survive in temperatures of 40-60 below while racing. There is a reason it’s called “The Last Great Race”!
When it’s time to say good bye to the puppies, we will take you back to the Alyeska Resort with your big smiles and a lot of photos.
Daily departures from the Hotel Alyeska Tram Terminal at 10:00 and 1:30
$98 children 4-12
What is a “Pinzgauer?”
Developed and built in Austria for the Swiss Army during the cold war. The Pinzgauer has amazing off road capabilities with comfortable seating for an unforgettable experience.