MUSHING IN ANDORRA
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Mushing is skiing by dog sled and can be enjoyed in summer and winter alike! For snow lovers, there are two different routes available, taking you on the Riba Escorxada (Grandvalira-El Tarter) circuits and to the Adventure Activities Centre (Grandvalira-Grau Roig). Mushing rides are also available, either with an expert guide or steering the sled yourself. The Valls d’Orient area offers fun activity packages for the whole family, such as our ever-popular “Nordic Adventure”, which combines a 90-minute mushing tour with an hour on snow bikes.
Mushing in summer, on the other hand, is a slower-paced, more peaceful experience that really lets you enjoy the natural landscape and views around you while you ride the dog sleigh. The route circles Canillo’s Mon(t) Màgic lake, with views of the landscape surrounding the entire Forn area where the park is located. The rides last 15 minutes and don’t worry – no prior experience is needed! Summer mushing is very calming – perfect to enjoy with the whole family, with a group of friends or with your partner. This activity is suitable for guests aged 6 and above.
The Mon(t) Màgic Family Park can be found in the Canillo section of the Grandvalira ski resort as is perfect for the whole family, with plenty of activities especially designed for our younger guests! There are also things to do whatever the climate, be it rain or shine. Mon(t) Màgic Family Park boasts a spacious sun terrace, with many food and drink services on offer, from sandwiches to à la carte dining and bars, as well as many useful guest services, including a left-luggage office, a storage facility for ski equipment and a retail store for specialised sports items. Check out the official Mon(t) Màgic Canillo website for full information on special events, opening times and more activities. Make sure you check our activities calendar and plan your visit in advance to avoid disappointment!
Mushing is the ideal activity for those who love both animals and spectacular views. Dogs pull your sled along snowy paths deep in the forests of Grandvalira! Do note that the price of the activity does not include insurance, but this can be taken out separately. Insurance covers exclusively all those activities performed within the ski area.
Mushing in the snow is a very popular activity during the winter months and mushing sleds are typically pulled by Nordic dogs. While riding the dog sled, participants really get the chance to enjoy nature by speeding through stunning tracks and forests. The dogs are expertly trained and, crucially, they love what they do. They instinctively know which ways are the safest and are also extremely faithful. This activity is suitable for small groups of people.
There are various different mushing activities on offer, including a 2 km (1.25 mi) sled ride, a 3 km (1.9 mi) sled ride, a 5 km (3.1 mi) sled ride, family plans (2 adults + 1 child, or 2 adults + 2 children), a premium experience consisting of a 10 km (6.2 mi) night-time ride combined with dinner at a luxury restaurant and even an experience where you can drive the sled yourself!
As well as being a sport, mushing is a traditional Nordic way of covering great distances when paths are frozen or covered by snow. A musher, or expert guide, will lead both the sledge and the dogs and the sleds have a capacity for three adults, or two adults and two children.
Why try mushing in Andorra?
You’ll be mushing in Grandvalira, Andorra, the Pyrenees and southern Europe’s most extensive ski resort! It boasts no less than 138 runs covering 210 km (130 mi), and offers a wide variety of hotels at the foot of the slopes. The area is divided into seven different sectors: Canillo, Soldeu, Pas de la Casa, Encamp, El Tarter, Peretol and Grau Roig. There are many different access points between Encamp and Pas de la Casa, most of which are readily accessible to visitors with reduced mobility.
When mushing, we recommend bringing or wearing the following clothing and accessories, depending on the weather and season: ski clothing or warm clothing, sunglasses, sun-screen, snow gloves, snow boots or mountain boots.
Where to try mushing in Andorra?
Grandvalira ski resort has plenty of useful visitor services to ensure your visit is fun, safe and a success for the whole group. These include equipment rental stores, a booking centre, cafés and restaurants, snack bars, terraces and barbeques, a Wi-Fi zone, snowparks, kids’ nature trails, baby clubs, crèches and a whole range of fun snow-based activities for non-skiers. Depending on the weather, the season kicks off at the beginning of December and ends around mid-April.
There are plenty of food and drink options to suit all tastes, too. You’ll find around 60 premises offering a wide range of different catering solutions, from self-service to sit-down meals, “good fast food” and dinner up in the mountains, not to mention our spectacular restaurant terraces!
You also won’t want to miss out on Grandvalira’s no less than six schools with more than 700 instructors and courses for all ages and expertise levels, generally broken down into the adults’ school, the children’s school and specialist courses. Take a look at the full details online and choose the school or course that’s right for you – we’ll be happy to have you join the courses!
Check out the official Grandvalira website for full details on the wealth of leisure and sports options available to visitors to enjoy, such as snowmobiling, mushing, snowshoeing, snow tubing and zip wiring! And while you’re on the website, do check out slope conditions, webcams and our events calendar.
Passes and tickets
Visiting the ski resorts during a single day is also possible – the Ski Pass Plus+ is the option you’re looking for. This pass gives you access to the two skiable domains of Grandvalira Resorts (Grandvalira and Ordino Arcalís) but with very attractive pricing conditions. Passes can now be topped up, too, for greater convenience. Book a pass with your purchased credit loaded on, and have it sent conveniently by post to your home.
Grandvalira’s website has full details about passes, tourist ski packages and organised activities. If you’re looking to ski throughout the entire season, check out our dedicated Season Ski Pass, which also offers a host of benefits and discounts. If you’re looking for a pay-as-you-go option, the Ski Pass Plus+ mentioned above is the ticket for you – in addition to allowing you to only pay for the days you ski, we will reward you every time you ski by applying discounts!
Ski pass prices can be purchased online whereas other more specialised passes must be booked at one of our ticket offices. Ski passes are available for a single day or multiple days, vary according to age and prices include taxes. Make sure to check resort opening times according to the season you’re visiting, as well as any activity access restrictions – for example, age or height limitations on some activities – and activity availability for the dates you wish to visit the resort, to avoid disappointment. Do note that calendar information is subject to weather conditions and dates are subject to possible changes.
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