This year for Christmas, I offered the MBFF family a husky dog-sledding outing with 3D Nordic in Praz-sur-Arly. I had noticed that this was to be 3D Nordic‘s last winter season in Praz-sur-Arly, before they head off to new adventures in Lapland next winter season . . . so I ceased the opportunity and booked us a baptême chiens de traîneaux!
What a treat for the whole family! Merci to Sandrine and Jonathan and all of their furry friends; we had a fabulous time!
Our family experience
When I contacted Sandrine to book a family outing, I thought that we’d be needing two sleds to accommodate us; but, in fact, as our total family weight came in at under 200kg (just!), all four of us were able to squeeze together into one sled – biggest first, littlest last. Very cosy!
Upon arrival at the departure point behind la K-Bane restaurant, at the bottom of the ski pistes in Praz-sur-Arly, Sandrine and Jonathan welcomed us and explained all about their huskies: the different breeds, the differing eye-colour, the configuration of a husky pack (meute), the leader of the pack. Our older son, who is 7 and a huge animal fan, was entranced from the get-go. The littlest MBFF member took his husky cuddly toy along for the ride (one of the real huskies was very interested in this toy husky!).
Before we set off, Sandrine and Jonathan explained to us to be prepared for some serious excitement and barking from our noisy furry friends as they prepared for their run . . . indeed, the huskies were very excited to get going, as Jonathan got the team ready!
And then off we went with Jonathan as our musher, zooming across the cross-country/walking trails of Praz-sur-Arly, through the trees . . . snow flew into our faces and along the way, we learned the commands for left (Haw!) and right (Gee!)!
Our husky sledding lasted about 30 minutes, and it really was such fun . . . the dogs had a little pause mid-way and a proper rest and some water at the end of their run.
Who are the team behind 3D Nordic?
There are two humans in the 3D Nordic team – Sandrine and Jonathan – both passionate about their dogs and dog sledding:
Jonathan Nachon – is a qualified musheur (Musheur Diplômé d’Etat) and he will take you out dog sledding;
Sandrine Muffat – has competed in high-level dog mushing competitions (4x Championne de France, Championne du Monde 2014, winner of la Grande Odyssée . . . an impressive résumé). She also gives lectures in dog mushing, and deals with the webpage and the marketing side of things; she will also take you out dog sledding;
3D Nordic is named after Jonathan’s first three dogs: Djuke, Daïka and Doé.
There are now more than 30 dogs in Sandrine and Jonathan’s team of 4-legged furry companions, and many of the huskies they have reared themselves from puppies! When they describe the dogs to you in their introduction speech, their passion is evident – each dog has its own character, its own temperament – and their owners respect and respond to the needs/fatigue of each of the dogs during the sledding outing.
For a description of each of the dogs, see here.
Husky sledding (bâptemes and intitiations)
3D Nordic is such a popular choice for dog sledding this winter season, that they are fully booked! However, there are occasionally some last minute cancellations, so do check their FB page for any current availability.
Baptêmes – this is the option we went for, with the whole family in one sled (over 200kg, and you’ll go in two sleds; we were the limit!). This option is available for all people over the age of 2 years (NB – not available for pregnant ladies or people with back problems) . . . wrap up warmly! / Price in 2017/2018: 65€ per adult; 45€ per child (10 to 12 years); 35€ per child (6 to 9 years); 20€ per child (2 to 5 years);
Initiations – here, you learn to be a musher to a pack of 3 or 4 dogs, to give the commands / for children over 10 years / Price in 2017/2018: 70€ per adult and 50€ per child (10 to 12 years);
Visit the kennels
We haven’t visited the kennels yet, but it is now on our agenda! You can visit the dog kennels during the spring/summer/autumn: get to know about the different breeds of huskies (some of the team are world champions!), learn about their training regime and life in a husky pack and see the different equipment used for winter outings and summer canirando . . . and you can have a little cuddle with the huskies too!
Price: 8€ per person (under 4s FREE!);
Duration of visit: 1 hour;
Reservations (obligatory): +33 (0)6 71 18 30 03;
Location: 73590 Flumet;
When? from April until October;
Canirando in Spring/Summer/Autumn
Canirando is a fairly new (and sporty!) way to enjoy a walk in our beautiful mountains. Equipped with a harness and long leash, you depart with the four-legged furry companion most suited to your size and energy requirements . . . I’m eager to try this out en-famille, as my boys can be reluctant hikers, and I’m sure that a doggy companion would encourage! See here for more details about canirando with 3D Nordic.
From the Autumn/Winter 2018/2019, Sandrine and Jonathan and their furry friends will be heading off for winter seasons in Swedish Lapland (they spent Autumn 2017 doing a recce). Here they will offer package deals from their headquarters Granola Camp, near Moskosel. On offer will be: husky sledding, seeking out the Northern lights, explanations about local culture . . . see here for more details.