Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park

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Musher Beth Blanding

Beth Blanding

Starting Mushing in 2014
Where are you from?
I grew up on a dairy farm in Albany, Minnesota
Favorite trip Conditions:
A bit of fresh snow, sunshine, blue skies with crazy cloud formations. I really enjoy the scenery around me, especially when sun and cloud shadows create dramatic views of Byers Peak.
Favorite dog:
Aside from all of them, I really enjoy watching the older dogs run who don't get to go out everyday. Their enthusiasm is contagious. It is easy to tell that these dogs love every sled trip they get to run on.
Favorite thing to see on trail:
Guests having a blast! I love the scenery and the dogs working together and everything that goes with it, but it makes me happiest to know that other people are having a great time and enjoying the experience with me.
What do you do when you are not driving sleds?
I enjoy snowboarding, skiing, hiking, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, reading, going to the hot tub, eating as much as I can, mountain biking, rafting, traveling, visiting friends and family.
What is your favorite part of the trail?
The Miracle Mile; the first mile of the trail.
What is your favorite restaurant in town?
Pearl Dragon in Granby. They have the best General Tsao's Chicken I can find anywhere and the service is spectacular! It is family owned; everyone who works there is full of character and even remember your name.
What other jobs have you had?
  • Whitewater raft guide
  • Bus driver
  • Housekeeper
  • Gardener
  • High Altitude Custodial Engineer, but really a janitor
  • Canoe/Kayak Guide in the Boundary Waters and Apostle Islands
  • Recreation Supervisor and Program Leader
  • Trip Leader for a summer camp
  • Campus Security Guard
  • Cheese Bagger at a Kraft Cheese plant
  • Dairy Farmer
Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park Career
  • 2017-2018, 14 trips.
  • 2016-2017, 194 trips.
  • 2015-2016, 320 trips.
  • 2014-2015, 333 trips.