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Book your dog sledding experience in Valtellina
Winter or summer activities in Valdidentro
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Treat yourself to the adventure of dog sledding during your holidays in the upper Valtellina, in Bormio or Livigno, and experience an excursion in the province of Sondrio pulled by real sled dogs, in winter or summer.
Booking the Valdidentro dog sledding experience for you and your family is easy, you can:
- purchase an open-date voucher online and then book your excursion by phone a few days in advance, communicating the number of the voucher purchased (vouchers are valid for one year);
- Book your excursion by phone at +39 347 1485044 (for English only) and make the payment directly on the day of the excursion (in cash or PayPal, for organizational reasons we do not accept credit cards).
The day and time of your excursion will be communicated/confirmed by phone at the time of booking: in order to better organize the shifts and the scheduling of tours we ask you to respect the established times and to arrive at the departure with the utmost punctuality. Thank you!
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What to know to enjoy the experience
Husky sled tours are open to beginners and experts, adults and children. For safety reasons, children under the age of 13 are transported by an instructor on his own sled.
Sled driving is an integral part of the sledding experience. Each participant aged 13 and over is required to drive their husky sled throughout the trip, travelling upright and using the driving patterns and voice commands explained in the initial briefing. The dogs are well trained and experienced instructors accompany you on the ride.
Only from 13 years of age. Children and young people under 13 years of age can enjoy the experience on board the sled with the huskies transported by the instructors inside the sled bags, in conditions of maximum safety. 2-3 children can be transported on the same sled, in compliance with anti-covid regulations.
Since they ride seated on the instructors-led sleds, children can participate even if the adults accompanying them do not take part in the excursion. However, we invite parents to participate, each driving their own sled, to share this special experience with their children.
For people with disabilities, elderly or otherwise unable to drive is provided the opportunity to live the sledding experience comfortably transported on the sled driven by instructors.
However, dog sledding is not open to pregnant women.
The winter trail runs for 5 km in the Arnoga area, in Valdidentro, along the Decauville that leads to the Cancano lakes. The total duration of the experience is 1 hour and includes the initial briefing (about 10 minutes), the sled ride with huskies (about 25-35 minutes) and a final moment to get to know the sled dogs.
The route is entirely flat and follows the Decauville of Arnoga, it is devoid of any exposed passage or danger. For the winter experience the track is always covered with snow and groomed daily with snowmobile, in order to ensure the best safety conditions.
No, the dog sledding experience booked and confirmed by phone takes place in all weather conditions, even in winter, in maximum safety. Huskies are dogs accustomed to cold and extreme conditions and they are happy to run under the snow; dog sledding during a snowfall, moreover, makes the experience even more authentic and similar to the one lived by mushers in Alaska.
For the winter sleddog experience, typical ski clothing is recommended: ski suit, gloves, cap, sunglasses, winter hiking boots or after-ski boots, heavy clothing suitable for cold temperatures and snow. It is not necessary to wear a helmet, not even for children.
Sled dog rides take place every day of the week, throughout the day: the first tour is at 9.15 am, the last at 4.15 pm.
The excursions with the sled dogs are held in several successive rounds of one hour throughout the day: to allow the smooth running of the program according to the schedule we ask all participants the utmost punctuality in presenting themselves at the start, according to the time communicated by phone. You can wait for your turn in the warmth of our heated reception.
At our structure Husky Village there are some parking lots where you can leave your car only for the time needed for the experience, in order to leave room for the next customers. Alternatively, you can use the car park in Arnoga on the Bormio-Livigno road and walk a very short distance (5 minutes) to reach the Husky Village. We kindly ask you to calculate the time needed to park in order to be on time at the start of the excursion.
All activities are managed in accordance with current anti-covid protocols. Fortunately, the sledding experience takes place entirely in the open air and this avoids any special restrictions.
There is a maximum of 9 sleds per tour, each with one person driving.
Depending on the weight of the person, 3 or 4 dogs are attached to each sled.
Although they are dogs used to taking part in international dog sledding competitions, throughout the route the huskies run at a leisurely pace, maintaining a reduced speed that allows you to enjoy the ride in maximum safety.
During the trip it is important to always be focused on driving your sled and fully enjoy the sledding experience: for this reason the price of the experience includes a photo shoot by a professional photographer, who will immortalize your sledding trip. At the end of the experience the photos are immediately available and are delivered to each participant by uploading them directly to their smartphone with a special USB cable or via Airdrop.
It is possible to take part in the winter sledding excursions with your own Nordic dog - other breeds are not allowed -, which will be attached to the sled together with our huskies and can thus take part in the experience. For organizational reasons this possibility is not valid during the Christmas period. If you want to take part with your dog, please contact Husky Village by phone and provide a certificate of good health.
In summer it is possible to do trekking excursions in the mountains with sled dogs (short or long route) with departure from the Husky Village: every single participant wears a rock harness to which a dog is attached, which must be guided with voice commands during the walk. Alternatively, it is possible to do the 5 km winter dog sledding course driving a kart pulled by a team of huskies. For the summer excursions (trekking or karts) it is not possible to buy vouchers online but it is necessary to book by calling +39 347 1485044 (for English only).
To take part in the trekking excursions with husky dogs you only need to wear traditional mountain clothing: boots and comfortable trekking clothes.
If you buy your voucher online you can pay via PayPal, if you book by phone and pay at Husky Village you can do it in cash, use credit or debit card or use PayPal.