Dog Sledding – California Trail Adventure – Tread Lightly – Trail Grooming

Dog Sledding – California Trail Adventure – Tread Lightly – Trail Grooming


Chad: When the state’s full of snow and you’re looking for fun,
where do you go? We’ll show you this week on At Your Leisure as we head
into the mountains to try our hand at dog sledding. Then, we’re
following the Utah ATV Association as they head out to a trail in Tooele
Valley that’s always great riding,
rain, sleet, or shine. Finally, were
headed out to Eagle Point Ski Resort in Beaver County, to take a behind
the scenes look at what it takes to groom the trail to perfection
before visitors arrive each morning
ready to ride. At Your Leisure is
sliding your way, next. (Music Up) Chad: Finally, finally it’s
happened, an At Your Leisure that has completely gone to the dogs. Hi everybody, Welcome to At Your Leisure today, I’m Chad Booth,
and we are at the Luna Lobos Dog Sledding Ranch, which is on
Browns Canyon Highway in Peoa, Utah.
Oh, about fifteen miles as the crow
flies away from Park City and Deer Valley. Now, we are off today on
a dog sledding adventure. It’s not
just the dog sled ride, this is an
entire educational experience, this is perfect for the whole family! Because you learn so much about sledding, and the dogs, and
these magnificent creatures that are
just as friendly as can be. So, dog
lovers all around are going to love
this show, let’s start with learning
a little bit about the dogs. Dana: Welcome to the ranch, guys again I’m Dana, my husband Fernando, and this is D. The
ranch is about 55 acres, you’re going to
go through all of that today. And everything you see here we’ve
built together. So, this here is our
doggy pueblo area. These are heated
and furnished inside with hardwood floors and air conditioning in
the summer. But most importantly,
they have Netflix so they can keep up
on their shows and movies, and they have their favorites. (laughter)
I’m going to point a couple dogs out
to you, little Maya is this tan and cream one that’s standing up on
the deck, and then Buddy is snoozing
in between the poles right there,
and Goofy is the big guy standing
right next to him. So Maya, Buddy, and Goofy. Maya is an Alaskan Husky,
so she’s mixed with a Greyhound, usually its either Greyhound, German short-haired pointer, or another type of working dog.
They make a really efficient dog,
their endurance is amazing, they don’t eat as much, and the recover
really fast. Whereas dogs like Buddy, who’s sleeping, they are what we call “Hollywood” sled dogs, he
is a pure-bred Siberian, you mainly
see them in the movies, mushers
don’t use them to much anymore for the exact opposite reason. They do
eat a lot, they do take forever to recover, and their endurance is
not awesome. Fernando: So, that’s why we use these Greyhound mixes, they are able to run longer distances at
a much faster speed, and they can process oxygen a lot more efficiently. Dana: We’ve also noticed a significant difference between
our purebreds and our mixed breeds, our purebreds seem to
deteriorate a lot more quickly. Fernando: So Croner, and
Yarlsburg. Yarlsburg is a touring dog, he
just has the day off. And Gruba and Croner here are a part of the
race team and they also have a day
off, so they’re just hanging out and playing along. Dana: Maya is one a like to
point out, she’s one we really like to
take to presentations, we put her
photo up with a lot of our Hollywood
sled dogs, and we ask the kids who
they think the champion is, and they never pick little Maya, it’s
always somebody like Buddy, or Ketchup over here, and so we like to do
that to kind of remind kids and everybody else, that we don’t
look at the outward appearance. Maya doesn’t care what she looks like outside, all she knows is that
she loves to run and that’s what she
was born to do, and so she wants to
do it to her best abilities, and
because of that she’s an amazing
champion so we don’t let what we look
like on the outside determine who we’re going to be on the inside. And
every night at 9 o’clock, 3am, and
5am, on the dot, Goofy does a pack check where he howls, and he waits for everybody at the kennels, and everybody over here to chime in, and if one dog is missing, they
will cry all night long. So, when one passes away, they mourn for that dog for a few weeks, so they
really do know their pack. (Barking) Chad: Oh yes you have a lot to
say, don’t you? Yes, well now you
have learned everything about the
dogs as told by the humans, and the pups. We’re going to make our
way up to where the sleds are, we’ll
be mushing in a few minutes, right now, it’s time for us to
breakaway to our Where To story. Ty: Most people put their
machines away in the winter, I never have
I love riding in the snow and
playing in it and it’s a little tough
when you get stuck but that’s what
friends and winches are for! Steve: We’ll be on part of the California trail for a few more
miles down in this direction then
we’ll head south there. Man: Looking pretty awesome Steve, I mean that, the weather
is phenomenal, snows not deep. Steve: Great day, you can’t ask
for better, its blue skies, no dust,
and nobody else out here. When
people were headed to California for
the gold rush, you know in the San Francisco area, this was the way they came through and of course the historic Donner party, we
all know how that turned out. (laughter) Ty: Well the interesting thing
is it’s called Hastings Pass, Hastings Cutoff, and Hasting was a lawyer
in Sacramento and he had never actually traveled this route. He
had convinced people to take it,
saying that it would cut off a couple
weeks of time, cause he was wanting to
get everyone to Sacramento so they could make money off of them
real quick, but they had to cut from
Fort Bridger, through to here, they
had to cut the trail which they lost
more time than they would’ve saved by
it, and then they didn’t realize
there’s no water from here to Nevada.
The good thing is, that was in ’46
so in ’47 when the Mormons came from Fort Bridger, they took Hastings Cutoff, but the Donner Party had already cut the trail so they benefitted from that. The Donner Party as you know, suffered
because of all of that and it was their disaster, but it did help the
Mormon Pioneers the next year in ’47
when they came through. Steve: A lot of people don’t understand how much history is
in this area. Woman: Normally when we’re out here all you see is dust. Man: Exactly and everybody is covered with it. Woman: Right. Ty: Well I came out here and
didn’t know much about it at all, and
so I went back and got on the
internet, started researching and went
into Granstville and tried to go to
the museums there that talk about
the Donner Party and the different things that go on so, learned a
little bit about it so when we come
back out I know about it. Ty: Yeah it made it really nice
that it snowed last night, and it makes
it nice because you don’t get lost,
you just follow the fresh tracks.
So, made it really nice, and it’s
pretty you know, with all of it on the
sage brush, and cedars, it’s just
beautiful. The pass coming through the mountains there was beautiful, I hadn’t been in that part, I’d
always gone further south and cut
around looking for horses and that, so
that was the first time through the
pass and it was really nice. (Music Up) Scott: This week’s what’s new segment is brought to you by
Tunex of South Jordan and West Valley, more just tune-ups, we’re off
road! Brian: Hi, I’m Brian Higgins
from Tread Lighlty and I’m here in
the Moto United showroom to talk to you about the Tread Principals
of Outdoor Ethic for At Your
Leisure. We’re surrounded here by these incredible machines, that are designed for you to get out
there and have some fun, but along
with a great time, comes a great responsibility. To make sure
that the places you play are left
pristine for the next guy who comes along,
you should always do your best to
tread lightly and help keep access
open to everyone by applying the Tread Principals. Travel responsibly, respect the rights of others, educated yourself, avoid
sensitive areas, and do your part. But
what does it mean to travel
responsibly? No matter what you’re driving, jeeps, ATV’s, side-by-sides, or
even dirt bikes, travel only on areas
open to your particular motorized
vehicle. Stay on the designated route,
and don’t drive off, or make new
trails. To help with traction, balance
your load, and lower tire pressure to where you can see the bulge. Typically, not less than twenty pounds for a full size 4×4.
Don’t turn around on narrow roads, steep terrain, or unstable ground.
Back up, or keep moving forward until you can find a safe place to
turn around. When possible, avoid
mud, but when you do find it, don’t
go around it, just stay on the
trail and go easy on the gas to avoid
wheel spin so that you don’t cause
ruts. Do your best to straddle ruts,
gullies, and washouts, even if they are wider than your vehicle. Slow
down when slide blinds occur. Cross streams only at designated
fording points, that’s where the trail
crosses the stream, these areas likely
have been improved to keep impact on the water, to a minimum. To
avoid widening the trail, drive over,
not around obstacles, but that’s the
fun part anyway, right? Try to
minimize wheel spin. On switchbacks,
avoid roosting on the apex of the turn when climbing or break sliding during the decent, both of which can gouge the trail, and make it tougher for the next guy. Know where the differential, or the
lowest point of your vehicle is, this
will help you to negotiate terrain and
prevent vehicle damage resulting in oil
or fluid spills on the trail. Buddy
up with two or three riders,
reducing vulnerability if you have an
accident, or breakdown. And designate meeting areas in case of
separation. Maintain a reasonable distance between vehicles, and stop frequently to scout ahead on
foot. If you aren’t sure what’s over the horizon, don’t drive there until
you know. When winching, always inspect your equipment, use the right winch for the right
situation, find a good secure anchor, and never winch with less than five wraps of wire around the drum.
If possible, travel on hardened surfaces like gravel, rock, or
in sand washes. No matter what form of recreation you take, respect and comply with any and all signs, barriers, and restrictions. And always remember to travel responsibly, and be sure to
follow the other Tread Principals when you’re out enjoying nature! It’s important to enjoy yourself and have a good time, but also
ensure that we keep these opportunities available for future generations
to come, you can always find out
more info at TreadLightly.org. I’m
Brian, I hike, I camp, I ride, and I
Tread Lightly, and we’ll be right back
with more At Your Leisure. Chad: A horse may chomp at the
bit, but a dog certainly barks his
way onto the trail. Welcome back to
At Your Leisure, we are up here
just outside of Park City in Peoa,
and we are dog sledding this is
absolutely, just a whole lot of fun. Hey,
how did you come up with the name? Fernando: Luna Lobos came from my wife, when I was a kid I used
to sneak out of the house and run under a full moon, and so you
know, Luna Lobos. Chad: Ok there we go, so Luna Lobos has this spread that we learned about in the last
segment. We’re going to now find out
about what it is to cross that 55
acres when we’re behind a dog, so lets
get going! Fernando: Alright! Alright guys ready? Chris: We enjoy the outdoors and my kids really enjoy the snow
and we wanted to get them exposed to skiing and also they love
animals so we thought it would be nice to come out and spend the afternoon doing some dog sledding. It’s remarkably similar to what I
thought it was going to be except it was really much more personal with
the dogs, which I really enjoyed
cause my kids had a chance to pet them and play with them so I think
it’s just a much more hands-on,
tangible experience. You don’t have the machines and it’s just you and
the dogs and you’re really connected
to the snow and the beautiful
scenery and not a lot of interruptions. Fernando: So, this is Umber, so
he came with the name Umber but we call him Umberto for short and
he’s actually one of the best sled
dogs we have in our Kennel. He’s
training to be a lead dog which takes a
few years of awesome great training, consistent training and you want
to know something crazy about him?
Is that he’s 100% blind. Chad: That’s what I thought. Fernando: blind he can’t see a
thing. Yeah. Chad: Have you ever seen snow before this trip? Kid: Yeah, at New York. Chad: at New York? Kids: Yeah Chad: Do you like snow? Kids: Yes. Chad: Is it cold? Kids: yes! Chad: Alright I got some
training to do right now, it’s time for
Along the Way! (Music Up) Shawn: My name is Shawn Darling, also known as Mongo in the ski industry. Lee Canyon out in ski Vegas, we were making snow out there and I broke something and
I was always greasy and dirty
working on cats and uh, yeah, I broke a
weld on the snow gun and this guy’s
like “You’re such a Mongo” and it
just stuck ever since. So, this will
be my seventh winter season at Eagles Point here and my twelfth year
in a cat. I’m the head groomer, supervisor, and in charge of the terrain park and all the events
ski and snowboard wise at Eagles
Point. These snow cats are very
versatile machines, this is a piston bully
snow cat. There’s only a few brands
of resort groomers and it’s great
for everyday grooming and
specializes with functions in terrain park building and jumps and all that
type of stuff. Pretty amazing when
you have over twenty functions just
on this front blade. So, they
joystick here controls all your blade functions, your throttle and everything is right here, you
got all these controls here, here, over
here and then steering is over here
on these switches. With this blade
on the snow, get it nice and smooth again, and pretty much grade a highway for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy. I
definitely take pride in our grooming and
all my guys, we take our time, to
put out the best quality and
product, make sure everything is clean,
fun, and safe, and definitely to keep those nice smooth corduroy lines throughout the mountain that all flow. We have certain areas
where we turn around and certain areas where we make it so everything
ties in and all goes up or down hill,
you know you don’t have random corduroy cutting across your
run. Once Eagle Point gets powder, people love it that I don’t
groom, I leave all our accesses and the beginners stuff but you know not everyone is good enough to go
just dip off into the trees and find powder, so it’s like why not let everybody enjoy it right here on
a run that’s safe and smooth and
you don’t have anything to worry
about . On a big resort when you have 20
to 50 thousand people there a day
it’s a different story, on a good day
here we get about 1,500 to 2,000 and that’s on holidays and really
busy weekends and there’s times that
the powder here it doesn’t get
tracked out in a couple hours, there’s
times when the powder will last a
whole weekend. People are like, “Man
you work nights, don’t you get tired
of it?” or “hate working nights?”
and stuff but like I said, when
you’re doing what you love to do, it’s
a different thing. When I groom, I usually go out from three in the morning until our nine am open, and then I go right out into
going skiing and snowboarding so it
works out great, I get to literally
get paid to drive this awesome toy and
push snow around and then also play
in it. Not many people could do
their childhood dream in life so I’m
pretty much just up here in a little
slice of heaven doing what I love.
Definitely a very unique cool place, I’ve
been blessed with the opportunity to
be here and I just really want to
be here and start a family now, because I want my kid to drive a snow cat one day. Once you get here you ain’t really going to
want to go anywhere else I mean it’s
just so fun, like I said there’s
literally no lift lines, cheap tickets, it’s
just very like it was many years ago,
there’s just not many places like this
left. (Music Up) Chad: Welcome back to At Your Leisure with Luna Lobos dog sledding in Peoa, Utah, which is
just kind of over the hill from Deer Valley and Park City. Now, Fernando, I’ve got to ask you a question about this sled, it
looks like a navy trainer, it looks like something you would drive in drivers ed, there are two
stations on it. What is this thing? Fernando: So this is what we
call a tandem toboggan sled, and what
it’s used for is for giving our guest
a feel of what it’s like to be on a dog
sled, driving a dog sled, but if I’m
training a long distance racing team, and
I have sixteen dogs strong with
me, I usually bring someone in back
for breaking power because these
guys will pull through anything. Chad: So, is that a chance to
train them too? I’ve noticed they both have breaks on them. Fernando: They do and that’s exactly why we have them so two mushers can use breaks. Chad: Alright so if you’re
training the dogs, then it’s time to
train me, can I get a little lesson? Fernando: Definitely! Chad: Alright we’re going to
take off and find out a little bit about
what I should know, about mushing. Fernando: Ok Chad, so most important rule, to dogsledding,
once you’re on the sled, you never
let go. So, you hang on tight. Chad: Otherwise you’ll be a
gnome and the dogs will be somewhere else! Fernando: They’ll be running off
to the next checkpoint. So, what
you’ll want to do first for starters,
you’ll be standing on the runners and
now some trails can be a little
bumpy so what you’ll want to do is keep
those knees bent, exactly, absorb the turns, now as we’re coming along
a turn, we’ll shift our body
weight to kind of steer the sled where we want it to go. Chad: So how does that work? Do
I steer in to turn it this way? Fernando: Exactly so if there’s
a slant Chad: So, it’s like a ski, you
just use the edge of the ski. Fernando: That’s exactly what
It’s like, perfect. Chad: Alright let’s learn in
motion. Fernando: Alright guys let’s
go! Now as we’re moving along Chad what we want to do since we’re going uphill, we want to skate a little bit, we share the work
with the dogs, so they’re not doing all
of it by themselves so we help where we can. Good job guys! There we go! Chad: I’m in training!
(laughter) Fernando: Good job there it is! Jump back on the sled, now this portion of the trail slants to
the left so let’s shift our body weight
to the right a little bit, and most importantly we want to always cheer on the dogs. Good job
guys! There we go! (whistles) You guys
are doing so good! There we go!
There it is! Good job! Chad: I’m getting the hang of
it, right now let’s find out about
our weekly contest winner! Chad: This week’s contest winner
is UTV plate number 8UA and was submitted to us on Facebook by Keith Salmon. Congratulations Keith! You’re the winner of a
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us to claim all your prizes by dialing
801- 947-8888. Now it’s time for our Calendar of Events! On March
13th through the 16th down in
Hurricane Utah, it’s the annual tristate
ATV Jamboree, then on April 13th through the 21st it’s the Easter
Jeep Safari down in Moab and you
won’t want to miss it! And
unfortunately, our show is coming to an end,
but before it does, let’s take a
look at next week’s show. Next week
we’ll discover some warmer weather and sunshine as we head south for a guy’s trip with my friend Mark Yardley to the smoking gun club,
in Mesquite, Nevada, then Ria and I head up to Montana to figure out the prospectors lifestyle as we
learn how to pan for gold, finally,
Reece Stein takes us on a faraway adventure as he visits one of
the greatest engineering
achievements of the 20th century. Looks like
next week’s show is going to be a
great show as always! Hey I got a
little advice for you, if its yellow
don’t eat it, because I noticed you were chewing on snow earlier, yes,
yes. Just remember there is adventure around every bend, dog sledding
or otherwise, you just got to get
out there, get off the couch, and
create your own adventure, At Your Leisure! So, what do you say
guys, want to run again, hey you in
the back, the noisy one what do you have to say? (Barking)

Antonio Breitenberg

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