Club Profile: Sierra Nevada Dog Drivers

The Sierra Nevada Dog Drivers club has been around since the early 1960’s. Based originally in Truckee, California It’s members are now stretched across the entire western US from Washington to southern California.

SNDD still puts on a few races per year in Northern California. The one in Chester tends to bring in the largest entry. In Feb 2010 we had near 40 mushers and some having multiple entries. Other races include California Gold Mush held in near Lake Davis which is close to the city of Portola and then the club helped out this year with the Foresthill, Ca, as well.

Another event the club does annually is the Mushing clinic. Held in Early October up in Truckee, Ca. Students pay a registration fee and with a handful of experienced mushers as the instructors they learn how to teach their dog to work in harness and pull. It is a thrill to see the look on their faces when they get to hook their dog up in a well trained team and go on a run.

The membership has often talked of putting together a dryland event. This is a race where the team pull wheeled carts on dirt roads.

More info about the club and its events and becoming a member can be found on the website

Contributor: April Wood


Dr. Robert Forto is the Dog Sledding Examiner, a musher training for his first Iditarod under the Team Ineka banner and the host of the Mush! You Huskies radio show.


2 Responses to “Club Profile: Sierra Nevada Dog Drivers”

  1. 1 Bill Salvagno May 20, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Enjoyed reading your club profile, brings back memories as we are former members of the club. The wife and I were the club trophy makers for the races in the 1980s. We worked at the Chester race many times, the last time was in 1992. Our boy Clint raced in Jr. classes and the wife and I worked at just about every thing from trail guards to dog handlers,etc, as we had worked in Alaska on the Iditarod as dog handlers ,everybody seemed to think we should know what we were doing. I would like to set up a dialog with you and maybe catch up on what the club is doing these days. I tried to E mail you last night, but it would not go through, so I”m trying
    this way maybe it will work. Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Have a good day
    Bill & Joan Salvagno
    18171 Deer Creek Hwy.
    Forest Ranch, Cal. 95942

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