Our sled dogs await you for a fast-paced dash around the zigzags of the forest of La Rosière. They are always ready and yap away impatiently to lead you off. In a spray of fresh snow, your sled soars away, and you suddenly realize the power of these athletes. To sum up, it’s one of our snow activities that you really should check out during your ski holiday.
For a novel taster of this with our darling dogs, it’s Evolution 2 – Adventure school who organize everything and are there to help.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT SLED DOGS
Sled dogs are also called a dog team. It’s in the Artic, 9500 years ago where we find the first trace of dogs with a sort of harness, or yoke. It seems that in Europe the use of cattle dogs was started in the year one thousand. Indeed the coupling together of dogs was part of everyday life. However, the practice was progressively banned in Italy and then in England. France resisted until 1897, the date when 28 departments decided to forbid its use.
The use of dog sledding on snow was democratized by the gold rush period. It was in Alaska where it was established as a means of transport. Then, as there was little else to do, it became a way of having fun and used for racing. The first and most mythical of these was the “All Alaska Sweepstakes” over a distance of 653km.
Today, sled dog races are organized in various championships. On the margin of these, there are challenges such as the Grande Odyssée. The biggest race in Europe with more than 65 mushers and 550 dog-athletes. It’s ultimately an event to be enjoyed with children. It’s a golden opportunity to witness the subtle differences in mushing or the various breeds of dog.