Homestead Dog Sledding

In Alaska and parts of the continental U.S., dog sledding might just be the best mode of transportation for snowbound ruralites.

The two most popular sledges for dog sledding are the standard lightweight model on the left and the eight-foot freighter on the right. The hefty freighter can haul 500 Pounds of cargo and a musher, but requires the pulling power of at least five strong sled dogs. Both snowriders are equipped with front bumpers (called "brush bows" by sled drivers).