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Just Short of Magic

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5157 Chena Hot Springs Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99712-3502
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More than a vacation- A complete life renewal

My husband and I are very hard working empty nesters who are not rich by any means but we make a... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago
Catherine C
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Marysville, Washington
Super!

Me and my mother went there for a 2 hour visit. The girl at the reception was super friendly and we... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Palak1000
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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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“sled ride” (26 reviews)
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5157 Chena Hot Springs Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99712-3502

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Reviewed 2 days ago

My husband and I are very hard working empty nesters who are not rich by any means but we make a good living and like 90 % of people desperately need to unplug and unwind from work and life sometimes. We saved and planned to...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Me and my mother went there for a 2 hour visit. The girl at the reception was super friendly and we were chatting about Bollywood movies and trashy Hollywood shows! The owner Eleanor was wonderful, taking us through the details of how the dogs are...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Overall, it's a nice experience. The staffs were friendly. They also prepare cold protection clothes and shoes. We already prepared those by ourselves, so we didn't borrow anything. Only the speed was slower than I thought. We were three people in the same sled plus...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great experience from start to finish. Easy to reserve, great directions and communication, and the experience itself was amazing. If you don't like dogs, don't do this - but I'm not sure why you would be looking at this review if that were the case....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My Alaska vacation was full of great times, but the best, hands down, was the dogsledding ride! Our musher was friendly and great with the dogs. The trail was incredibly beautiful. And the dogs were wonderful. After we stopped we were able to visit and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Called on a very short notice was able to get a tour, for the 4 of us, to include an 8 year old, from start to finish everything about the establishment, staff, loving friendly dogs etc. Was perfect and extremely professional and friendly. We would...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Just Short of Magic was recommended by my Airbnb hosts. I knew I wanted to do dogsledding, but then I changed it up and decided to do the dog mushing school. Let me tell you a little trick I use to decide about if I...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family had an amazing time! Thank you to the team. The experience was definitely magical! Bucket list checked!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Elenor and her staff were amazing!! They were so accommodating and caring!! My Mother’s most favorite thing to do other then seeing the Northern Lights! I highly recommend!!More

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Just Short of M... M, Admin Assistant at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

It was great having you and your mom visit from the South Tina! There is not much that we can do to guarantee the view of the northern lights, but we can guarantee that our dogs are always happy to see visitors and to take...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Few business name brands reflect the business model, but this one said it all! Very memorable experience and you can spend as much time with the dogs as you want... Great for kids (I have a teenager who loves dogs).

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Just Short of M... M, Admin Assistant at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Liem! We understand that having the opportunity to visit dogs makes the sled dog ride experience even more magical! We love our dogs and we know that our guests will too! They are very friendly and love to interact with our guests!

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stephaniewoolsey
8 March 2018|
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Response from Just Short of M... M | Property representative |
Hey there! Most folks this time of year with it being as warm as it is come back from the 30 min tour wishing they had gone longer. It is a great experience and most people if they are only doing this once in their life time... 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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