Snow gives us every winter the opportunity to live a thousand and one adventures and practice a lot of new activities. Today we propose you discovering mushing, a fun way to explore the snowy forests of Andorra.
The origins of mushing go back to 2000 BC when the Siberian and North American native tribes began using dogs that pulled sledges to transport merchandise or to travel long distances at low temperatures.
It was in 1534, with the arrival of the French to the Canadian peninsula of Gaspé and its invasion in the name of King Francis I of France, when other cultures discovered mushing. For several years, there were many tensions between the colonizers and the Iroquois and it was agreed that some Frenchmen had to live with the Iroquois to learn their language and culture. This is how the "coureurs des bois" (forest runners) appeared, the first European mushers. It is precisely the French influence in mushing that would give the name we know today of this sport: the French order to start the sled "marche" was transformed into "mush" by the English-speaking Canadians.
Finally, in 1908 mushing was practiced for the first time as a sport, more precisely in the North American state of Alaska.
What is mushing?
In general, mushing is a sport in which a group of dogs pulls a sled to transport its occupants, but has different modalities depending on the load they carry:
- The tricycle: a group of 4 dogs are responsible for pulling a vehicle with three wheels.
- The sled: several people can be transported in that category, depending on the type of sleigh that is chosen.
- The Skijöring or BikeJöring: the sled is replaced by skis or a bicycle (if there is no snow).
- The Canicross: In this mode the musher is accompanied by a single dog that is tied to him with a harness and can be practiced both on land and on snow.
Has curiosity stung you? This winter, escape to Andorra with friends, with your lover, as a family or alone and dare to live a unique moment practicing mushing. Book your getaway to Andorra and at the reception we will take care of managing your reservation for this or any activity you want to practice this winter.