Who Are We?

The Willow Dog Mushers Association’s mission is to:

  • Promote the sport of dog mushing through education, communication, recreational activities and competition.

  • Promote responsible dog care and husbandry.

  • Address issues relating to the interests of current and future dog mushers; including trail easements, trail safety, government regulations, noise ordinances, and zoning.

  • Establish and maintain relationships with other dog mushing associations in order to have a larger voice on dog mushing issues.

July 24, 2019

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Oh wait... its still only July!  If you stopped in and talked to any of the local mushers in Willow, Alaska the last few weeks, most, if not all may have been humming this tune or maybe one about  rain.  It has been an abnormally warm and sunny summer here in South Central Alaska.  During Iditarod Sign Ups back in June, mushers were discussing ways to make sure their dogs were staying cool and hydrated and preparing for the temperatures to rise close to 90 in the coming days.  July began with temperatures hovering in the high 80s and low 90s around the area.  Fire danger rose to the extreme level and all burning and fireworks were banned in many areas of the state.  Wildfires spread across the state - to the north in the Fairbanks area, to the south on the Kenai, to the east toward Copper Center and the west to McGrath... and eventually in Anchorage and up in the Susitna Valley.  Friends and neighbors were affected and evacuation plans were put to...

June 22, 2019

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June 22, 2019

Mid summer brings the fireweed to Willow, Alaska.  It also brings long summer days - some warm, some hot and some rainy.  For sled dogs it brings work and play on glaciers, cool days in Skagway, Juneau or Seward or endless hours of play at home depending on what each kennel plans for their summers.  Willow is a place where on any given fall evening driving north along the Parks Highway, a motorist is more likely to pass more huskies running down the trails along the side of the highway than cars on the highway.  But in the summer it is much less apparent that Willow is a mecca for the sled dog community.  But we are here...just nestled into summer play.  While the dogs are working or playing this summer, WDMA is busy preparing for the next winter season.  We are excited to be working on

our Junior Musher Races (slated for January 2020), Ladies 5 Dog/5 Mile Twilight Sled Dog Race (this year with a Junior Division as well), a Mushers and Mentors 20 mile Fun R...

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