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Are you visiting the resort for your holiday and starting to tire of skiing? Are you on a group holiday and looking for a communal activity that combines sport and well-being? Do you like dogs? Discover cani-snowshoeing or cani-hiking in the snow!
These activities are often organized by mushers (drivers of sled dog teams) as their dogs are used to towing and following a path. Note: depending on your size, you will be hitched up to a dog via a traction belt and elasticated lead. The gang line and sled are only used for drafting, which really is just a dog sled. Are you thinking: "cool! the dog will do all the work"? You are wrong! You're going to have to demonstrate your authority to avoid getting dragged along by an over-enthusiastic dog.
In addition, the musher will ask you questions about your physical fitness and personality to help him choose a companion who whom you'll hit it off. And although the hike only lasts a few hours, you'll be sad to leave your new furry friend.
In terms of outfit, we recommend that you wear clothing that has been specially designed for winter sports, like ski gear: warm jacket, warm, waterproof trousers, warm base layers, by following the three layer principle. In terms of footwear, hiking shoes or snow boots will fit the bill perfectly. And let's not forget a hat, gloves, scarf, sun glasses and sun cream etc.
If you have already tried this activity, please tell what you thought about it in the comments section.Happy walking!
Do you fancy trying another activity teamed up with another animal?
Discover ski joëring! Your skis are shorter than traditional skis and you hold on to a harness attached to the pony or horse which tows you along a path or by the edge of the slopes. It's suitable for children aged 7 or over, or who have their first ski star, and a few resorts even offer the option of Shetland ponies for younger children provided they have achieved their "ourson," (bear cub) ski level. Normally, your excursion will last about one hour and then you'll spend 30 minutes grooming your hairy companion in thanks for having towed you.
Have a go; you'll feel like you're travelling back in time, to the advent of winter sports!
There's also a cross-country skiing version with sled dogs!