Sled Dog racing makes it return to the Cascade mountains with the Bachelor Butte Dog Derby the first weekend in March at Winoga Snow-park. Ski-joring races will also be conducted on separate tracks. There is something for everyone from beginners to experienced long distance mushers. Following are class descriptions:
The 1.5 mile course is an out-and-back trail though short it is still challenging as far as hill climbing. It is geared for anyone with just a few dogs; kids and adults; Skis or sled.
The 5-mile course is loop that features some climbing; tight, downhill turns, a mile long straight-away. This will be a 5-dog maximum for sprint teams and a separate 3-dog ski-jor event.
The 9 mile course follows the 5-mile, with a challenging 4 mile loop tacked on. We also offer a 9-mile advanced skijor race.
Mid-distance drivers will enjoy the 7-dog 15-mile class, set to be in line with other mid-6 or 8 dog events in the Pacific Northwest.
New this year – stage race for 7-13 Dogs (25 miles/day) pool of 15 dogs. Each day’s trail will be the same 25 mile trail staged from the Wanoga Sno-Park.