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Just Short of Magic

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5157 Chena Hot Springs Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99712-3502
+1 907-750-0208
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Dog Sledding winter fun

Everyone at Just Short of Magic was great. They provided any protective gear that we may have... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago
kmnowak16
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Great expereince. 1 hr was not enough.

We had the opportunity to go with musher Darren who was fantastic and educational. The ride was... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago
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We offer dog sled rides ranging from a half-hour to one-and-a-half hours. Tour the beautifully forested Alaskan winter trails on a dog sled or drive the team. Our Dog Mushing School offers customized dog mushing lessons. Sled rides or lessons can be combined with educational kennel tours. Learn about amazing canine athletes, mushing equipment, and what it means to be a musher.
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5157 Chena Hot Springs Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99712-3502
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Everyone at Just Short of Magic was great. They provided any protective gear that we may have forgotten or had but was not warm enough. They also made sure we were ready to go at our scheduled time and used our whole hour slot. It...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We had the opportunity to go with musher Darren who was fantastic and educational. The ride was very smooth due to new snow and the overall experience was amazing. 1hr passed very quickly. It takes a good 30 min or more to get there from...More

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Just Short of M... M, Front Office Manager at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Fairbanks has been receiving a lot of snow this winter season which is great for dog mushing, but not so great for road conditions. Chena Hot Springs Road, the road that our facility is located off of, is usually in good shape, but it is...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Dogs were all unique and special in their own way. Company provided extra clothes to help keep us warm. Darrin was super knowledgeable and passionate, and it was a pleasure learning from him during our 45 mins out on the sled.

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Just Short of M... M, Front Office Manager at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Darrin is a wonderful musher and also a Yukon Quest finisher. Plus, all of the knowledge that he shares with our guests comes from a place of deep love for all of his canine companions. Jenna Admin for JSoM

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Reviewed 3 days ago

I had a fantastic experience at my time at Just Short of Magic! I did the four hour dog mushing adventure and walked in not knowing what to expect at all. I was warmly greeted by Jenna, who, despite being the only person in the...More

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Just Short of M... M, Front Office Manager at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We are always busy at Just Short of Magic. I guess it is just a symptom of all of these great reviews that people keep leaving us! Honestly, it is a great problem to have. Even though we are busy, all of the staff at...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We had an amazing experience on the dog mushing tour. Jenna was very helpful and knowledgeable on making sure we were dressed appropriately and answering all of our questions. The dogs are bundles of joy (they WILL sneakily take your scarf, mittens, and long hair,...More

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Just Short of M... M, Front Office Manager at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for including those scheduling tips! It is a common misconception that we have a half hour and hour tour when if fact we have a Swing Dog and Lead Dog Tour. The Swing Dog Tour usually lasts for about 30 minutes,...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Yes we did fly to Fairbanks for the northern lights but the dog sledding at just short of magic was so magical that it ended up being our favorite thing in the visit! Olaf our musher was amazing and hilarious. And the lady at the...More

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Just Short of M... M, Front Office Manager at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Olaf is one of our best mushers, even though you will never see his name featured in a sled dog race. Olaf is not interested in the fame or prestige that the Iditarod or Yukon Quest can lend his name, he only care about his...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

My husband and I had been disappointed in not seeing the Northern Lights so we decided to try something different. Just Short of Magic hit the spot! It was a beautiful sunny day and we arrived early to interact with dogs. They were very friendly...More

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Just Short of M... M, Front Office Manager at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

I am so glad that you decided to come to us for your sled dog tour! We get many guests here that are disappointed with the Aurora, but they are never disappointed with us or our happy, howling huskies. The Aurora plays hard to get...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We did 30 min ride, I think that is enough for a good experience, my husband and I really enjoyed. Olaf our guide and the girl at the office were very friendly. Plus you don’t have to worry about your gear, they have everything for...More

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Just Short of M... M, Front Office Manager at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

The Swing Dog, which lasts about 30 minutes and is guaranteed to take you on a 4 mile loop of trail through the woods, is a wonderful tour for people who are wanting just a small taste of dog mushing. Jenna Admin for JSoM

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The experience was great from start to finish. I had questions beforehand & asked them on the company Facebook page which Jenna promptly answered. When we arrived Jenna was there to make sure we were geared up for the ride and didn’t freeze on the...More

Thank Kurt I
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Just Short of M... M, Front Office Manager at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Communication is so important to all aspects of life, which is why we take it so seriously here at Just Short of Magic. Whether a guest wants to communicate with us over the phone, Facebook, or email, the admin staff at Just Short of Magic...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

In a dog sled at Just Short of Magic! What a great thrill this was and a lasting memory for this family. We just returned from Fairbanks yesterday and although we originally went to see the Northern Lights, this dog sledding excursion was a highlight...More

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Just Short of M... M, Front Office Manager at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

This is not the first time that we have heard that one of our Sled Dog Tours has beaten out the Aurora in terms of precious memories. While being able to see the Aurora is a hit or miss, our Sled Dog Tours are a...More

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Sheila P
21 October 2017|
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Response from Eleanor W | Property representative |
Hi Shelia, Iditarod runs normally from Anchorage to Nome and does not include Fairbanks. For a few years the start has originated in Fairbanks due to low snow in Anchorage. They won't know until much later in season where... More
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NISCHITA M
27 July 2017|
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Response from aynihealingoasis | Reviewed this property |
There is no snow in the Fairbanks area in the summer. Most of the dog sled businesses use 4 wheelers to let the dog do the runs instead. If you are looking for the authentic dog sledding experience with snow, you might want... More
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JSMD19
28 March 2017|
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Response from Sahu282 | Reviewed this property |
We did around 1PM, any time should be fine.
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