Carbon Hill Race Day postponed to February 8

Dog Powered Friends,

We have been watching the weather for a while now and this afternoon (Friday January 17) we decided to postpone the Carbon Hill that was planned for this coming Sunday, January 19.

The decision was taken considering that most of the participants are recreational mushers and ski-jorers and this is meant to be a fun race. Below -30 things can go sideways fairly quickly and we do not have the infrastructure and communications in place that the bigger races have. Also, we had to consider the safety (and to some extent comfort) of our trail crew and their equipment.

Since we have made the decision the forecast for Sunday has changed considerably but not so for Saturday when the trail crew would have to be out. In our experience temperatures at Annie Lake Road are usually a few degree lower than at the Whitehorse airport.

Please pencil in Saturday February 8 in for the new Carbon Hill. And we will see you on February 2 at our next Twister Race at Hans and Susie’s place in Golden Horn. Details for that race will follow shortly.

Sorry for the inconvenience

Carbon Hill Race Day – January 19, 2020

Dog Powered Friends,

The 26th running of the CARBON HILL Dog Sled and Skijor Race is coming up on Sunday January 19, 2020. As always the race starts at the Mount Lorne Community Centre on Annie Lake Road. Also as always we will have the following categories:

1. 30-MILES for skijorers and dog sleds – Registration from 09:00 to 09:45; mandatory mushers meeting at 10 am
(8-dogs max for sleds and 4-dogs max for skijorers)

2. 10-MILES for skijorers and dog sleds – Registration from 09:00 to 09:45; Mandatory mushers meeting at 10 am
(8-dogs max for sleds and 4-dogs max for skijorers)

3. 6- MILES Recreation Class – (non competitive) open to multiple disciplines for participants of 12 years of age and older(ski, kick sled, fat bike etc – 2 dogs max – Registration from 12:00 to 12:45; Mandatory mushers meeting at 12:45.

4. 100 –yard Kids Dash open to children of any age. Parents must help/participate/supervise.
(Small sleds and a dog can be provided or bring your own)

Race Start:

30-mile race: 11:00 am (2 min intervals)

10-mile race: 12:00 pm (2 min intervals)

6-mile race: 1:30 pm (1 min intervals)

100-yard Dash: 1:30 pm (or thereabouts)

We are looking for people to help out on race day as well as with putting in the trail. If you are interested, please email us back or call Martin @ 867-336-0876.

See you at Mount Lorne.

First Twister Race – December 15

Ladies and Gentlemen

The first Twister race of the season will take place Sunday December 15 at the Copper Haul Road.

(Directions: Turn left off the Alaska Hwy (direction Porter Creek) past Fast Gas onto Fish Lake Road. Go up Fish Lake Rd for about 4 km, it’s on your left!)

Registration from 10:00 to 10:30, race shortly thereafter.
The usual categories:
10 mile sled (8 dogs max)
10 mile skijor (4 dogs max)
Recreational class: 6 miles on sleds, skis, bikes, snowboards, whatever.

$10 – for DPSAY Members, $15 –  for Non-Members per race
(Individual membership fees (annual): $15 – Adults, $10 – 18 years and under)

See you Sunday!


For questions or if you’d like to volunteer for this event please contact

DPSAY season opener bonfire

Dog Powered Friends

The season’s been a bit of a washout so far but there are a few months of winter yet. Since we couldn’t have a race in November we will ring in the season with a bonfire instead. Let’s get together on Friday November 29th at Cynthia’s and Adams place starting at 6 PM. Their place is at 80 Venus place. Just past the Carcross cut off on the left. Look for the blue canoe at the end of the driveway.

It’s bring your own pretty much everything, food, beverage, chair.

See you there


Workshop with Hans Gatt “Sled Repair on the Trail”

Are you interested in learning more about sled repair and maintenance on the trail? Don’t miss this opportunity!

Join Hans Gatt, Susie and their handler for a 2-hour workshop on sled repair and maintenance.

Location: Hans’ kennel
When: Saturday, November 30th 2-4 pm
What to bring: bring own own mug for coffee and snacks on site
Cost: $20 for members, $25 for non-members (you can become a DPSAY member on site)
Maximum number of participants is 10

DPSAY will send directions to participants when you register. For more information or to register contact DPSAY at

See you there!

Hans Gatt, born and raised in Austria, now lives in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory with Susie Rogan and 48 dogs, including many retirees. His business, Gattsled, makes top quality racing sleds as wells custom and tour sleds.

Granger Grind Mid Distance Race Committee – First Meeting, Wed Oct 9, 5.30PM

Dear Dog Power Sports People

The Granger Grind mid distance race ist set for early March. To pull it off DPSAY needs people to help out with the organizing committee. For example we need people for the following:

  • Race Director
  • Sponsorship coordinator
  • Trail Crew
  • Checkpoint Organizer
  • PR
  • Race Rules
  • Etc.

The race (or its predecessor the River Runner) has been going on for about 10 years now and we can follow much of the established format. So if you have never organized a dogsled/skijor race before, this is the perfect opportunity for you.
If you are interested in being part of this exciting event, please come to the first meeting of the organizing committee on Wednesday October 9 at 5:30 PM at the Town and Mountain Pub in Whitehorse (Main Street & Fourth Ave). If you cannot make it to the meeting, please send us a quick email or call (867) 336-0876.Sorry for the short notice.

Your DPSAY Board

IMPORTANT and URGENT: meeting with Yukon Government on proposed animal care legislation

Dog Powered Sports Enthusiast,

On September 12th at Whitehorse Public Library, 6pm there will be a VERY IMPORTANT MEETING concerning the Animal Protection and Control Laws in Yukon and how they affect you and your dogs.

For background information check out, as well as the notes from a previous meeting (click here to open pdf). For any updates keep an eye on the DPSAY Facebook page

This meeting is for all mushers who wish to have a say in how we will be governed as sled dog owners. Dr. Mary Vanderkop (Government Head Veterinarian) of the Animal Health Unit for Yukon will be there to answer any questions you may have on the issues concerning sled dog kennels.

This policy is going to be put into place. It is not going away. Have a say in how we will be expected to care for our dogs. We, DPSAY, are asking that you bring your questions written down. Dr. Vanderkop will be given these and will attempt to clarify whatever you wish to have answered. This will also give Dr. Vanderkop a clearer picture of what we, as owners of sled dogs, would like to see in the new policy.