Experience the unique thrill of summer dog sledding on a glacier! Lift off in a helicopter and enjoy incredible views on your way to this amazing adventure.
Mush Across a Glacier
Have Alpine Air pick you up in a complimentary shuttle or drive yourself to Seward Airport. Then lift off in a helicopter for a quick but scenic trip up to a glacier, where you’ll board a sled driven by an experienced musher and set off across the ice, being pulled by excited dogs! You can also combine the dog sledding experience with a longer flightseeing adventure and grab some spectacular photos of mountains, water, and ice before or after you go dog sledding.
Glacier Dog Sledding
Before taking off, you’ll be completely outfitted with gear for the glacier, including water-resistant layers and overboots for your shoes. Then lift off from Seward Airport and get an incredible view out over Resurrection Bay and the Kenai Mountain Range. On a short but stunning flight, you’ll cut through a saddle of mountains on your way to the gorgeous Fourth of July Glacier. Then set down on the icefield, next to the dog camp where mushers and dogs live and train all summer. You’ll get to meet the dogs, cuddle their puppies, learn about mushing and hear about the Iditarod from mushers who have run the famous race. You’ll see how excited the dogs get, knowing they’re about to run. Then you’ll board the sled and head off on an unforgettable 1-kilometer loop over the glacier. You can sit, stand, go fast, slow…it’s up to you!
Dog Sledding + Flightseeing Combo
Combine the singular experience of dog sledding with another iconic Alaskan activity—flightseeing! Before or after you go dog sledding, your helicopter pilot can take you on an incredibly scenic tour over mountains, shimmering water, and glaciers. Look for wildlife along the cliffs and marine life in the waters below. It’s a great addition to dog sledding.
About Alpine Air
Alpine Air, started in Girdwood by Keith Essex in 1991, has been operating helicopters longer than anyone in southcentral Alaska. The company started with fixed-wing airplanes, taking Alaskans and skiers out to the backcountry. But helicopters offered so much flexibility to get close to the best spots that they made the switch. They still drop off visitors into the backcountry, but their main focus is on scenic flightseeing and glacier dog sledding. In fact, Keith flew the first-ever musher to a glacier when they were initially conceiving the idea of glacier dog sledding in Alaska.