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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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Wonderful!

My 12 and 9-year-old sons and I visited Just Short of Magic for the summer educational tour. We... read more

Reviewed 4 July 2018
Kristen F
A very commercial, rushed tour

We visited Just Short of Magic on April 6 with our two kids. We had booked a 11:30 am slot for an... read more

Reviewed 25 April 2018
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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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“dog sledding” (60 reviews)
“sled ride” (22 reviews)
“mushing school” (17 reviews)
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5157 Chena Hot Springs Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99712-3502
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+1 907-750-0208
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Reviewed 4 July 2018

My 12 and 9-year-old sons and I visited Just Short of Magic for the summer educational tour. We really enjoyed learning about dog mushing, seeing the equipment, looking into the yurt, and, of course, petting and meeting the amazing dogs. Each dog had its own...More

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Eleanor W, Owner at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2018

Dear Kristen, It was truly a pleasure having you here recently! The boys were great, respectful and super fun to have here in the kennel. We loved sharing our dogs with you and of course it's always wonderful when guests have so many questions and...More

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Reviewed 25 April 2018

We visited Just Short of Magic on April 6 with our two kids. We had booked a 11:30 am slot for an hour of dog sledding. We showed up at 11:30 am, and it turned out we had to be there ahead of time, a...More

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Eleanor W, Owner at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 29 April 2018

As the business owner, this is the only 2-star trip advisor review I expected to receive and certainly the only one I looked forward to responding to. Most of his criticisms are unfounded which will become quite apparent as you read on. My responses will...More

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Reviewed 18 April 2018

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 15 April 2018

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 12 April 2018

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 11 April 2018

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 10 April 2018

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 9 April 2018

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 9 April 2018

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 6 April 2018

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

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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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