16th / 17th February 2019
A winter landscape covered in deep snow and crystal clear air - this is the world of the dog sled sports. Around 140 teams meet every year in Kandersteg for the international dog sled races.
This sport which has reached us from the far North has spread over recent years throughout the whole Alpine region. The racetrack in Kandersteg is characterised by its Nordic character and is therefore highly appreciated by the international field of participants.
- Admission prices:
1 day: CHF 10.00 | 2 days: CHF 12.00 | Children up to 16 years free
- Start and finish area
Near the valley station of the Allmenalp cable car. Access and footpaths are signposted from the railway station and the centre of the village.
- Glossary of terms
Musher: Dog sled leader
Dog handler: Helper of the musher
Trail: Racing track
- Touching the dogs
Sled dogs are friendly, non-aggressive animals. There are of course also shy dogs, however, which do not like being stroked by strangers. Before you touch a dog, please ask the owner if this is OK with him.
- Questions and answers
Every musher is happy to provide information. You will not be able to ask questions shortly before the start of a race, however, because the mushers will be concentrating on the race ahead.
- Bringing your dogs
Please ensure, however, that your dog is always on the leash. You should always keep a safe distance from the trail, at least 5 m, otherwise the dogs can become easily distracted.
- Taking photographs
Taking pictures with a flash can alarm the dogs. Do not step onto the trail directly in front of an approaching team of dogs! This could be dangerous.