The Coolest Animal-Powered Winter Trips

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When the snow gets deep, it’s to venture too far into the backcountry. Sure, snowshoes help, skis even more so, but breaking trail through drifts is exhausting. Fortunately, there is plenty of adventure to be had thanks to the efforts of a few four-legged friends.

Here are a few of the coolest animal-powered winter trips:

Dogsledding

The classic standby, of course, is dogsledding. And there’s a reason for this: Teams of dogs have pulled people and gear deep into the backcountry for generations. Managing a team of dogs and driving a sled is complicated and can takes years of training and experience. Thankfully, there are plenty of experts willing to introduce newcomers to the age-old art.

For extended trips into some untouched wilderness, Dog Sled Adventures in Montana is an excellent option.

Horseback Riding

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Horseback riding is fun in the summer, but it takes on a whole new character in the winter. Though it’s more technically demanding, winter horseback expeditions allow riders to experience nearly-empty trails and traverse terrain that would be a serious challenge on foot.

Whether circling Lake Louise in Banff National Park, Canada, or pushing into the American Rocky Mountains outside of Vail, Colorado, winter horseback riding is an excellent way to explore the trails during the winter.

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Skijoring

Strap on some skies, grab a rope, and let a few dogs or horses pull you at top speed. Now that sounds like a winter adventure. This adventure is called “skijoring” and outside of Scandinavia, the number one place to give it a try is Montana. Head to Whitefish for an introduction or check out the annual National Championships in Red Lodge.

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