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Dog sledding excursion

François and his family tell us in pictures their experience with sled dogs.

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François

Tells his experience

Arrival on the scene

Early morning

We arrive at the place, the place is beautiful, the snow fell freshly the day before and sprinkled the forest. The sun makes its appearance, it points its first rays from the Chaîne de l’Étale and illuminates the small plateau on which we are standing. The landscape becomes glittering, it’s magical!

We hear the dogs and a first sled appears under the light while leaving the woods.

My whole family is excited and our children are excited …. It’s soon our turn to go on the track.

 

 

 

Meeting with Benjamin, musher

The musher welcomes us warmly, I warn him that one of our daughters is afraid of dogs and it is then that he calls the puppies born a few months ago with a white mama dog with minnow eyes who is named “Flocon”. A name and a situation which reassure Anaïs and amaze us all.

An exchange is created between our children and theirs, everyone gets to know each other; it’s the perfect moment to take some pictures and immortalize the moment.

In order to seal this new friendship with his canine companions, the musher proposes to us to participate in equipping them with their harness. The children are a little apprehensive but to our great surprise, the dogs bend their backs to let us know that we can harness them without fear.

 

 

 

Once the task is done, we feel the excitement of everyone getting on, the dogs are barking and the children are ready to slide with mom in the sled that strangely reminds them of a fat man with a long white beard at this Christmas time.

After the safety instructions and the family well installed in the sled, it is my turn to take a small sled; I am going to try myself to the piloting of this new machine. As a fan of snow sports, I can’t wait to make the skates crunch on this beautiful snow.

“By the way, only three huskies to pull me up the hill?!?”

That’s it everyone is ready, we let go of the brake and the huskies, we smoothly cross the starting line of the pen. The snow cracks under the skates and the dogs suddenly stop their barking, they concentrate for this small family competition.

We don’t taste our pleasure, we just look at the landscape, sumptuous and the smiles on our faces.

We slide along the Arrondine, everything shines.

We enter a first wood, the time to take our marks and me to tame the conduct of my pack of three. We passed the sawmill and crossed the bridge to start the climb towards Le Chapet.

Here we are like adventurers, plunged in the middle of the forest in this atmosphere of the Great North.

It was for my family and me an unforgettable moment of sharing with our musher and his adorable furry beasts.

Lilou, Anaïs and Tom will not forget Flocon and these great canine sportsmen for a long time.

Leave with peace of mind

and live this experience fully

Practice period

From 20/12 to 31/03

Access

73590 La Giettaz en Aravis

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