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Book your dog sledding experience in Valtellina
Winter or summer activities in Valdidentro
Buy or gift a husky excursion
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:
- book your excursion online, for one or more participants, choosing date and time, with secure payment via Nexi or credit card;
- purchase an open-date gift voucher online and allow those who receive it to book the excursion online by choosing the day and time and using the voucher code in the booking process (vouchers are valid for one year).
At the end of the booking procedure you will receive a confirmation email with a summary of your details and your appointment, to be presented at Husky Village on the day of the experience.
In order to better organise the shifts and the scheduling of the tours, it is absolutely necessary to respect the established timetables and to present yourself punctually at the start, also taking into account possible traffic conditions. 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.
Adults who cannot drive the sled are required to indicate this at the time of booking by selecting "Transported" in the first step of the booking form.
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 sleddog experience booked online takes place in all weather conditions. 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.
The Husky Village reserves the right to suspend the tours if the safety of participants cannot be guaranteed due to unpredictable weather conditions.
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.
You can choose the date and time of your excursion - also using an open-date voucher purchased online - from those available when booking online.
It is essential for all participants to arrive punctually, arriving a few minutes earlier than the time chosen at the time of booking. You can wait your turn in the warmth of our heated reception area.
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.
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.
Both the online booking procedure and the purchase of open-date vouchers require payment via Nexi XPay, also by credit card.
If you have received an open-date gift voucher valid for a sleddog experience, you can use it before the expiry date to book your excursion online: go to the booking form, select the number of participants (you can possibly buy other tickets at the same time to share the excursion with whoever you want), choose the date and time and then use the code on the voucher in your possession when the system asks you for it.
If you have several gift vouchers, you can use them by repeating the booking procedure described above and entering a different voucher code each time.