If you've ever imagined leading a dogsled team through the deep snow on a fast run, you can test your skills as a "musher" by working with a Maine guide. You can find dogsledding trips of all types and lengths, especially in the western and northern woods. You can ease into the sport with a half-day guided trip and enjoy lunch cooked over an open campfire—or try an overnight trip to a tent camp deep in the woods, complete with woodstove, meals and camping gear. A number of Maine outfitters provide dogsledding packages that include daily dogsledding treks, lodging, meals, winter clothing, and equipment, as well as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing equipment and treks.
The sport of "skijoring" is a close cousin to dogsledding. A harness, an eager dog, and a pair of Nordic skis are all you need for this sport. One place where you can practice skijoring is at the Twin Brooks Recreational Area in Cumberland, which has well-groomed and dog-friendly cross-country ski trails. You just need to bring your dog and your skijoring equipment, which you can purchase online.