We are so excited about the start of the 2016 tour season in Seward, Alaska. At Seward Helicopter Tours, we are especially happy as we have a lot of new, fun changes that will be occurring this season. We continually try to improve our tours and our customer experience so we can offer a top-notch Alaskan experience.
Once again, we are starting the 2016 season in early May. This year, although Seward lacked snowfall in town, at higher elevations like wear our glacier dog sledding camp is, Seward actually had an above average snow year. We are very fortunate because much of Alaska actually had a snow drought this year.
We are forecasting being able to run our glacier dog sledding tour until mid-September when the weather generally turns and are hoping to once again be the longest running glacier dog sledding tour of the season for the third straight season.
New Options Added To Our Glacier Dog Sledding Tour
This year, we are improving our glacier dog sledding tour by adding several new options that our guests can purchase for an extra fee. The biggest option now available to our guests is the choice to include a picnic lunch while up on the glacier. We are so incredibly excited to have partnered with our local bakery to provide fresh sandwiches to our guests. All the lunches are made on delicious locally made bread and come with chips and the freshly baked cookie of the day. Sandwich choices are ham, roast beef, turkey with cranberry sauce, curry chicken salad, egg salad, or tuna salad. Lunch costs $25 per person
Guests can now also purchase additional time up on the glacier and choose to use this time to either go for an extended dog sled ride, have additional time to picnic, or decide how they want to use that time once up on the glacier. An Additional 30 minutes costs $150 per person.
Finally, guests are now able to pre-order our 2016 Sled Dog Year book so that they can take home photos of “their” team and better remember all the dogs. All proceeds of these sales go directly towards funding Turning Heads Kennel’s racing program. These year books cost $25 each.
As always, guests are able to purchase additional scenic flight tours or visit our kennel for 10% off the normal purchase price.
Improvements To Our Glacier Dog Sledding Tour
This year in addition to our guest deck, we will now have an official guest tent. The guest porch will once again be back so that visitors can enjoy being on the glacier but choose to relax and sit on our deck if they would like. This is a great solution for some of our elderly clients who want to experience mushing and the glacier but who don’t want to trudge around in the snow. The deck will also serve as our picnic area for those who decide to purchase lunch!
When needed, we can bring out a cover for our deck too. If it gets too sunny or if a light rain begins to fall, our new deck awning will allow guests to enjoy being outside without getting too much sun or getting too damp.
We’ve also got new boots for this years guests. Although we will still use some of our older Neo’s Overboots, this year we have the addition of Frogg Togg Overboots. We really like the material of these boots and think that guests will have an easier time walking in them.
While not guest related, we are also extremely excited about the new dog houses we are building for our dogs this year. We are building new, heavy-weight dog houses. Our new houses will be made out of 3/4 inch plywood and will be stained white. On the glacier, anything that isn’t white melts quicker and has to be moved around more frequently, so it is imperative that we paint the houses. These heavier weight houses will provide the dogs more insulation and protection from the wind, snow, and rain throughout the season. We are so happy to have upgraded our houses!
Fantastic Dog Sledding Guides For 2016
We are also excited about the fantastic staff we have lined up for 2016. We have many returning staff members from 2015, including 3 out of 4 of last year’s glacier guides. This year, we are happy to announce that Junior Iditarod Musher Dakota Schlosser will be joining our ranks as a glacier guide. We couldn’t be more excited to have another passionate musher onboard to help spread our enthusiasm of dog mushing.
Returning guides Justin Stielstra and Wyatt Suchecki have spent the winter running their Iditarod qualification races with us at Turning Heads Kennel. They have now both completed the Knik 200, The Northern Lights 300, and the Copper Basin 300 and have officially finished their qualifying races for competing in Iditarod. These two young men are enthusiastic mushers and are dedicated to providing top notch dog mushing experiences for our guests. There hard work throughout the season propelled Travis to an outstanding 18th place finish in Iditarod and Sarah to a 66th place finish in her first Iditarod.
Meret Beuter will be returning from her first year at Bowdoin College were she has enjoyed starting on her coursework and joining the equestrian team. Meret hopes to one day become a veterinarian and her love, her passion, and her dedication to the dogs really shows.
You can learn more about our company and our staff by visiting our About Us page.