Proper sled control

Driving The Sled

Your brakes will help you steer and maintain control of the sled around corners and down hills. Without them, you WILL wipe out and lose your team! A medium pressure with one foot is usually enough to maintain tight lines and sled control.  Reckless driving will result in you being asked to leave.

As a rider, you are never stationary (no free rides here!)  You will constantly be shifting your weight to the center of the trail to assist your driver in steering.

Certain hills will require the use of two feet on the brakes on the way down. You will be warned at the top of the hill that this is necessary. Only one sled may go down the hill at a time.

Dog sledding is a team sport, therefore, you will be required to do just as much work as the dogs on tough trails.  On the up hills, you will need to help push the sled and run between the runners.  Through the tough trails, the dogs are counting on you to help them out.

Switching Between Driving & Riding

Use 2 feet on the brakes to stop your team. Once the team is stopped, person 2 (passenger) can move to stand next to person 1 (driver) at the back of the sled.

Person 2 puts their two hands on the handle bar along with person 1.

Person 1 slides to the edge of the sled with one foot on the brake, so person 2 can share the brake bar with one of their feet.

There are now 4 hands on the handle bar and 2 feet on the brakes.

Person 1 must communicate with person 2 to make sure they have a firm grip on the handle bar and secure pressure on the brakes.

Then person 1 can come entirely off the brakes and away from the sled, while person 2 slides their second foot on to the brakes to hold the team.

Person 1 can now sit in the basket, and person 2 is ready to drive.