Snow, dogs and the Dolomites on a sledge ... you can!
Starting from December 5th, it will be possible to learn how to drive a sled pulled by Husky dogs with the professional mushers Ararad Khatchikian and Monica D'Elso.
The training field will be the magnificent pasture of the mountain hut Malga Peziè de Parù in the locality of Pocol, just a few minutes away from Cortina, on the Provincial Road 638 towards the Giau Pass.
Ararad and Monica are the only Italian mushers (dog-sledgers) with decades of experience.
They have participated in sled dog competitions all over the world and have been called to teach in Alaska, in the Canadian Yukon, in the European Alps, in Iceland, in the Swedish and Norwegian Lapland.
They are literary authors and consultants of the television channels RAI and TG5 for programs such as "Noah's Ark" and consider their work a mission: they convey the fascination of driving over snow with a dog sled, enjoying an eco-friendly sporting activity in harmony with nature.
The lessons include a first part of theoretical explanation followed by a tour made up of four phases:
• the initial theoretical lesson about driving and how to behave with the Dogs
• the preparation of a sled with an adequate number of dogs
• tour driving a sled assisted remotely by the staff in the beginner's practice ring
• final activities with the Dogs after arrival
To whom it is addressed
This activity is suitable for anyone with a minimum of physical fitness from the age of 6 years onwards. It allows to establish a fantastic relationship with the sled dogs. Younger children (possibly together with a parent) and disabled people, will ride accompanied by an instructor driving the sled.
The recommended clothing is the classic ski suit with a full suit, or sufficiently warm trousers and anorak, gloves, hat and eventually glasses. Après-ski or non-bulky trekking shoes with well-structured soles (we do not recommend Moon Boot), to allow you to move easily on the snow.
From 5th December it is possible to book the lesson which will take place every Saturday and Sunday.
The number of available places is limited and the activity takes place exclusively on reservation.
Lessons are held from 9 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
In case of bad weather, an alternative date and time will be agreed.
Reservations and information
ASD Scuola Internazionale Mushing Sleddog
Ararad Khatchikian (+)39 348 2685867
Monica D’Eliso (+)39 348 3745119
Sito web www.ararad.net