A couple of years ago 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 headed off to new adventures in 🇸🇪 Lapland . . . so I seized the opportunity and booked us a baptême chiens de traîneau!
What a treat for the whole family! 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 was then 7 and a huge animal fan, was entranced from the get-go. The littlest MBFF member took his 🐺 cuddly husky 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 & winter 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 or 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 offered different dog-sledding options:
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 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;
Visit the kennels
My son got to visit the kennels when he spent a day doing canirando during the holidays . . . 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.
🐺 springtime 2019 – my elder son visited the kennels and took a lovely husky for a walk!
Sandrine and Jonathan and their 🐺 furry friends now head off for ❄️ winter seasons to 🇸🇪 Swedish Lapland (they spent autumn 2017 doing a recce). Here they offer package deals from their headquarters at Granola Camp, near Moskosel. On offer: husky sledding, seeking out the Northern lights, explanations about local culture . . . see here for more details.