Vail Valley Bizwatch: Alpine Adventures Inc.
Vail, CO Colorado
Location: 21767 U.S. Highway 24, Leadville.
Date opened: September 2002.
Owners: Chris and Stacy Petty.
Contact information: Stacy Petty, 719-486-9899, firstname.lastname@example.org.
What goods or services do you provide? We offer hands-on dogsledding experiences.
What’s new or exciting at your place? Our most popular tour is our tagsled tour. It is a dog-driven tour that can take three to four people on a scenic ride with your guide and 10-12 beautiful Alaskan Huskies. The tallest peaks in Colorado are the backdrop, and it is a beautiful place to dogsled.
What strategy do you use to differentiate your business from your competition? We are the only company in Colorado offering a tour like the tagsled. That tour, plus our commitment to great customer service, makes us stand out above the rest!
What philosophy do you follow in dealing with your customers? What can your customers expect from you?
We work hard to make sure our customers have a dogsledding experience they will talk about for a long time. Our professional staff wants you to learn about the sport, the dogs, the area and more.
Tell us a little about your background, education and experience. It is hard to believe that we are in our ninth dogsledding season. Chris and Stacy have had dogs all our lives but never in this capacity until we got the crazy idea to open our dogsledding business, but we have never looked back! Our dream for this business began with 24 dogs in 2002 and has grown to 102. We actively work with racing kennels in six states to take in dogs that no longer make the racing teams, but will be a great fit for touring.
With that focus, we utilize the majority of monies from the winter season to take care of our dogs and take in as many as we can. You can find Chris at the business on weekends, but he also works full-time at the Climax Mine on Fremont Pass. Stacy, who has a master’s degree in education, runs alpine and also works part time at Colorado Mountain College. Their two daughters are involved in the business, too. Tyler is a freshman in the veterinary technician program at the CMC-Spring Valley campus and is a second-year dogsled guide on weekends and during breaks. Jordan, a junior at Summit High School, works in the office and loves to be out with the dogs, too.
What is the most humorous thing that has happened at your business since you opened? A few years ago, one of our customers decided to bring some bacon in a baggie to give to the dogs after the tour. He put the baggie in his snowpants pocket, but didn’t let us know he had brought this along with him. When he got outside to meet his dogs, they immediately smelled it and proceeded to pull his snowpants off his body to get to the bacon. He was standing outside in his long underwear, but luckily found it to be one of the unforgettable moments of the trip. We now always ask customers to not bring any food with them on the trails around the dogs and share this funny story!