dinsdag 25 januari 2011

TUESDAY DOG DAY

In the neighbourhood of Thyon/ Les Collons lives a bunch of husky dogs.  Every Tuesday they practice their skills in dog sledding. Or at least, their boss does. The guide leads the dogs and a small sled through the woods of la Muraz, in Les Collons. And every Tuesday a few people have the opportunity to experience this dog sledding.

© Kiki @ les Bonnets 2011

It is a nice experience, especially when you like to do something else than being on the slopes all day, although the actual ride is quite short. The ride takes aprox. ten to fifteen minutes. You leave the few spectators behind and slide between the trees, up and down hillocks, through woods and open space..

The sled has room for two, not too big adults, or one adult with a child.
Once you're in the sled, feel the cold wind in your face and hear the soft sound of dog feet in the snow. It is not difficult to imagine how it must feel to make a trip for days, alone with the dogs, cross unspoiled terrain and warm your body at the camp fire...

© Kiki @ les Bonnets 2011

PRACTICALITIES
You'll need to make a reservation in advance at the Office du Tourism in Les Collons.  The dogs make their dogsledding tours on Tuesdays between 1.30 and 4 p.m. Starting point is Plaine de la Muraz, close to the Alpage of Les Collons. They will explain how to get there and provide a map. Try to arrange your booking as early as you can be in the week of your stay, at it is often overbooked. Make your reservation by Monday 5 p.m. at latest. Cost are 15 CHF for adults, and 10 CHF for children.

Office du Tourism Les Collons +41 27 281 27 27

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