YMCA of the Rockies - Snow Mountain Ranch
1101 County Road 53
Around Colorado: Dog sledding program near GranbyA black metal snow hook anchors our wooden sled to a tire fixed to the ground, as each dog in the seven-husky team strains at its harness, barking and yipping with the excitement of the run. My musher, Martha Sortland, motions for me to take my place on the runners, standing behind her. I step onto the treads and Martha reminds me for the third time to hold on tight. "It's like getting shot out of a cannon," said Steven Peterson, chaplain of YMCA of the Rockies Snow Mountain Ranch and director of its dog-sledding program, now in its third year. Peterson gives a rousing presentation about the sport every Thursday and Saturday morning from mid-June through early April. On this morning, about 80 of us sat in rows of seats in the dog-sledding building, sweating in our outerwear, but completely captivated by Peterson's talk. One theme dominates his sermon: "These dogs love to run."