On Jan. 6, dog sledding became the newest addition to the affordable activities offered to students by Outdoor Activities.
“The opportunity to be around animals is very therapeutic. It can be calming and help reduce the stress levels of the students,” said Jessica Moore, a junior studying recreational management and an Outdoor Activities coordinator.
Nicki Warnick, the adult manager for Outdoor Activities, has tried for two years to bring dog sledding to BYU-Idaho students.
This year her brother, Dee Ogden, a dog musher from Idaho City, Idaho visited Rexburg with his team, which consisted of 10 dogs.
Outdoor Activities hopes to make dog sledding available to students two times each winter semester in the future. “Were going to try and get the word out to students to create the demand we need to keep bringing the mushers in,” Moore said.
There aren’t many dogsled teams in Idaho.
To hire a regular outfitter, a person would pay $150, but through the school, students only paid $25.
“They are ready to go before they hear the command,” said Mitch Empey, a sophomore and coordinator for Outdoor Activities.
By adding dog sledding to BYU-I Outdoor program, coordinators hope to create a unique program.
“I’ve never heard of any other school around here that has dog sledding, period,” said Empey.
Outdoor Activities helps students see the possibilities Rexburg has to offer. “Dog sledding opened my eyes to see that things aren’t impossible,” Empey said. “If you told me I was going to go dog sledding this semester, I would not have probably believed you.”