A few fun facts about Alaskan racing huskies: the females are usually smarter than the males. The dumb ones do all the pulling. A team of 10 dogs can pull a sled upwards of 30 miles per hour.
We’ll go back to that one slanderous point: the males are allegedly the dumber ones. The truth is, they can be mistaken for such, as they’re more easily distracted by love interests, strange smells and dog-team rivalries.
You can witness all of this fascinating Darwinian trivia up on Mount Seymour, where the resort is offering daily dogsled tours until May 18.
Whistler Dogsledding is the outfitter, with an arsenal of about 60 Alaskan racing huskies (Siberian husky-greyhound and mutt variations) blazing the trails. Dog guides will teach you about dog sledding protocol, show you how to harness the animals (who are very friendly) and take you along trails in the snowshoe park and around the base of Mystery Peak Chair. In one tour option, you can learn to drive a team of dogs yourself or head out for a gourmet picnic. Prices range from $99 to $159.
Tours run daily at 10 am, 1 pm, 4 pm and 7 pm. Call (604) 986-2261 to make a reservation.
Whistler Dogsledding also runs tours in Whistler until late July or mid-August. Call (604) 932-0647 for more info.